Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Big Data Science, Certificate

Data analytical skills are considered one of the most sought skills in different domains. The big data science certificate will provide students to master these skills and help them learn how to deal with complex data. After completing the certificate, students will have mastered programming skills, fundamentals of statistics, basics and advanced approaches for processing data in tabular format, principles of big data analytics, as well as modern descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytical techniques. The certificate helps meet the growing demand for data science professionals.

To access Certificate Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

Related Links

Data Science Certificate Program Page

Mathematics and Statistics Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Certificate GPA: 2.0 or higher


Required Courses
CPSC 146Programming Principles3
CPSC 210Productivity Software3
CPSC 323Fundamentals of Database Systems3
CPSC 405Data Mining and Data Analysis3
CPSC 485Big Data Analytics3
STAT 152Elementary Statistics I3
Total Hours18

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Summer 2021
Revised 07.30.2021
UCC:  03.30.2021