Data Science Initiative

Curriculum & Trainings

Technical Skills Workshops

We offer general workshops twice a year, once in August and once in January, 2-3 weeks before the semester starts. If you want to be notified of an upcoming workshop, or to request a tailored workshop for your organization, lab, or department, fill out our interest form linked below.

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You can also email us directly with any questions or requests.

  • The Unix Shell
  • Version control with Git
  • Programming with R
  • R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis
Data Analysis

Can be specialized for Ecologists and Social Scientists

  • Data organization in spreadsheets
  • Data Cleaning with Open Refine
  • Data management with SQL
  • Data Analysis and Visualization in R

Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science

Data Science is at the three-way intersection of Statistics, Computer Science, and a third domain such as Business or Biology. Data scientists have the computational skills to extract different types and quantities of data from multiple sources, ensure consistency of the data, create visualizations, and build data products for the information consumer to use. They have the statistical knowledge to build mathematical models and ensure the validity of the data and results. They also have the domain knowledge to gain domain specific insights from the data, and to communicate the results of their work in a verbal or dashboard-like format to non-technical stakeholders. This certificate provides students with the necessary proficiency in both the Statistics and Computer Science domains and a framework to apply these skills in an interdisciplinary manner.

 Data science course map

Official Course Catalog Link

This certificate is jointly offered by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics(opens in new window), and the Department of Computer Science(opens in new window).

Visit the people page for a list of current enrolled students & involved faculty.

Other Data Science Related Courses

This is a non-comprehensive list of all data-related classes at Chico. Please contact us if there is a data science related class not on this list.


  • MATH/CSCI 385: Introduction to Data Science
  • MATH/CSCI 485: Advanced Topics in Data Science
  • MATH 490: Data Science Capstone


  • Math 317: Cryptography
  • Math 314: Probability and Statistics for
  • Math 315: Applied Statistics I
  • Math 456: Applied Statistics II
  • Math 458: Sampling


  • CSCI 580: Artificial Intelligence
  • CSCI 581: Machine Learning
  • CSCI 582: Bioinformatics
In Development: Certificate in Machine Learning


  • BIOL 485: Bioinformatics for Biologists


  • BSIS 111: Digital Literacy
  • BSIS 308: Decisions Analysis for Business
  • BSIS 460: Data Analytics
  • BSIS 610: Business Analytics
  • BSIS 625: Data Warehouse Systems


  • POLS 421: Methods of Political Inquiry