Major Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the general criteria for undergraduate admissions at Georgia State University, to be eligible for the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and to enroll in major-level DSCI courses [DSCI 2720 (Data Structures in Python) and all 3000- and 4000-level DSCI courses], students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Students must earn a 2.5 grade-point average across the three course areas (a, b, and c), with no grade lower than a C.
  • The GPA will be calculated based on the first attempt at the courses listed below at Georgia State University.

The designated pre-major courses are:

a. DSCI 1301 (Principles of Programming for Data Science I);
b. Either CSC 2510 (Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science) or MATH 2420 (Discrete Mathematics); and
c. Either MATH 1113, MATH 2211, MATH 2212, or MATH 2215

Where more than one course may be taken toward fulfilling the requirement (items a and b above), the first attempt at the first course taken from the list will be used to calculate the major eligibility grade-point average. For example, in item c, if a student takes MATH 1113 before taking MATH 2211, then the first attempt at MATH 1113 will be used for the major eligibility GPA.

WFs count as an attempt. Ws do not count as an attempt. Courses retaken using the university Repeat to Replace policy are not counted as first attempts.

If a student has AP credit for any course designated above, the course will not be used in this GPA calculation, even if the student chooses to take the course.

Transfer students who transfer these course(s) into Georgia State may use the grades in the transferred course(s) to calculate the GPA or they may attempt them once at Georgia State. Courses taken at Georgia State’s Perimeter College count as first attempts.

Once students are eligible to take major-level Data Science courses (DSCI 2720 and 3000- and 4000-level DSCI courses), they remain eligible to take them as long as they are eligible to enroll at Georgia State University, and they satisfy other Data Science program requirements. Students must meet any prerequisites for the specific 3000- or 4000-level course.