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The minor in Data Science introduces students to the conceptual framework of data science. The pillars of that framework include analytical, systems, design and value components that uniquely combine to form the field of data science. This minor prepares students for careers or postgraduate work that will include exposure to data science techniques in varying degrees.
Current undergraduate UVA students from any major who have completed and earned a C or higher in the prerequisite course(s) outlined in requirements may apply for the minor in Data Science. Students must also provide an unofficial undergraduate transcript and complete an advising appointment with a member of the Data Science advising team before declaring the minor through their school of enrollment.
The School of Data Science will retain the ability to set an appropriate cap on the number of students admitted into the minor. Should more students apply than there is space based on that cap, the students admitted to the minor will be selected by lottery from those that meet the minor’s prerequisites.
Students are expected to attend all classes throughout the academic session as defined by the University Registrar’s academic calendar, which gives dates from start and end of session, exam week, and breaks and holidays. Grounds for excusable absences are to be arranged between the student and the instructor of the course in question; policies are typically provided by the instructor in the course syllabus. As a matter of policy, the Department of Student Health does not furnish excuses (for example, doctor’s notes) for illness, either to the student or to the instructor. At the request of the program director, the Department of Student Health will evaluate the effect of any illness upon a student’s attendance and academic performance. Failure by students to attend lectures and other prescribed exercises in the courses for which they are registered may subject them to penalties.
Absence from written examinations will not be excused except for sickness on the day of examination attested by a physician’s certificate or for other cause that the graduate faculty, by special action, may approve. An unexcused absence in such cases constitutes failure of the examination.
Minor in Data Science
The minor in Data Science program will be granted to a student who has enrolled in and fulfilled within the designated time limit all requirements set forth in the Undergraduate Record and any discipline-specific requirements stated by the program.
Academic Requirements: Students must complete the minimum credit hours required by their program of enrollment. For the minor in Data Science program a minimum of 15 graded credits, which include 12 credits of graded credits in core minor in Data Science courses and 3 graded upper-level elective credits within a domain or a data science project course as required for completion of the program.
A student’s elective course and any other courses outside of those defined in the record are selected in consultation with faculty advisors and the program director. Additional discipline-specific requirements for the minor are noted in the entries for the specific program.
The academic performance of a student in each course taken for a grade is recorded as one of the following grades: A+, A, A-; B+, B, B-; C+, C, C-; D+, D, D-; F. All courses intended to fulfill program requirements must be taken for a grade.
A student who wishes to appeal a grade must first attempt to resolve the issue with the instructor of the course. The appeal must be submitted to the instructor in writing within 30 days of grade posting. If no resolution is reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, who will escalate the issue as necessary.
Errors in calculation or transcription are the only acceptable reasons for a grade change. Grades cannot be changed after a degree is conferred, or more than one semester following the end of the course, whichever comes first. Instructors may change grades electronically for winter term and spring semester through December 31 of that year, and for summer sessions and fall semester through May 31 of the following year. After this point, instructors must submit a grade change form to the School of Data Science Registrar, who will seek approval from the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs.
The symbol IN (incomplete) is used when additional course work or examination is required to fulfill the obligations of a given course. A student may not request an incomplete in an attempt to raise his or her grade. An IN is not a valid final grade and becomes an F 30 days after the grading deadline (200 days for graduate students), unless the student requests an extension from the course instructor prior to the end of the course, and secures approval. The time allowed to complete course requirements is determined between the student and the instructor, but may not exceed one semester beyond the term in which the student took the course. Students must enter into a written agreement with the instructor, specifying the remaining requirements and timeline. If the student fails to fulfill the agreement, the grade automatically becomes an F unless changed by the instructor. Grade changes from IN to a final grade cannot be made more than one semester following the end of the course. Students will not be permitted to take an incomplete in coursework one semester, and then request to take an incomplete the next semester if the incomplete from the previous semester is not resolved first.
Students have the option of receiving the grades CR (credit) or NC (no credit) in place of the regular grades A through F for a given course. This option is taken at the time the student registers for the course and no later than the deadline for adding classes. The Professor has the right to deny students permission to take his or her course on a CR/NC basis. If this occurs, students may either change back to the regular grading option or they may drop the course entirely. Courses taken for CR/NC may not be used to count for data science programs. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm with the instructor the minimum academic level of achievement for the grade of CR.
If a course is failed and repeated, both courses and grades appear on the transcript. The repeated course with a passing grade will count toward the credits needed for the degree. Both the failed and the repeated course grades are computed in the cumulative grade point average (GPA), but only the repeated course grade with a passing grade (as defined by the program requirements) will be computed into the program GPA. A student may repeat a course (or its equivalent) only once.
A student who wishes to suspend full-time study temporarily may request approval from the program director to undertake a leave of absence. Depending on the circumstances of the leave, a student may be required by the program director to meet with the associate dean of students in the University Office of the Dean of Students as part of the approval process. Leaves are approved for a full term or academic year, with a student eligible for up to two years of leave cumulatively. A student on an approved leave retains access to his or her UVA e-mail account and may under certain circumstances purchase health insurance during the first twelve months of the leave but is otherwise ineligible for financial aid and the use of University facilities. A student must affirm his or her intent to return from leave at least eight weeks before the end of the leave.
Leaves of absence involving medical circumstances may be approved at any point before or during a term. In the latter case, tuition is charged according to the portion of the term elapsed before the effective date of the leave, and financial support allocated to the student for the remainder of that term is forfeited. Students whose leaves involve medical circumstances are required to meet with the associate dean of students in the University Office of the Dean of Students as part of the approval process and obtain clearance from the Department of Student Health in order to resume enrollment.
Students must petition the program director and Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs of the School of Data Science directly regarding program policy.
The School of Data Science does not entertain appeals or grievances of the faculty’s academic evaluation of students.
Students are expected to follow complaint or grievance processes set forth in applicable University policies, including but not limited to those regarding:
- Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment
- Preventing and Addressing Retaliation
- Standards of Conduct
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Student Sexual Misconduct
For situations not otherwise directly addressed in University policy, graduate students should attempt to resolve concerns or conflicts by working directly with a faculty member or the program director. Conflicts or concerns that cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction should be discussed with the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs of the School of Data Science.
Eligibility for posthumous degrees extends only to students enrolled in B.A. and B.S. programs.
A student who voluntarily withdraws from the program or otherwise ceases to enroll for a period of up to two academic years and wishes to resume enrollment must petition the program director for reinstatement at least 60 days in advance of the next registration period. A student who has been absent for longer than two years must reapply through the standard process to his or her program of study.
External Credit for New Students in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Spring 2020. To review the criteria that will be used to evaluate courses taken during Spring 2020 please Click Here.
Transfer credits must be reviewed by the program director for the program in which the student is enrolled. See the programs page for specific information about transfer policies for each program.
A student who wishes to withdraw voluntarily from the program during an academic term must discuss the circumstances with the program director and submit a formal notice of withdrawal. Students withdrawing during an academic term must do so at least one week prior to the examination period in order to receive notations of “W” on the transcript. A student withdrawing after the conclusion of an academic term and before enrolling for a subsequent term need only provide formal notice to the program director. For more detail, see “University Regulations—Academic Regulations—Voluntary Withdrawal.”