Introduction to Data Science Specialization
Launch your career in data science. Gain foundational data science skills to prepare for a career or further advanced learning in data science.
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
You will utilize tools like Jupyter, GitHub, R Studio, and Watson Studio to complete hands-on labs and projects throughout the Specialization. Using new skills and knowledge gained through the program, you’ll also work with real world data sets and query them using SQL from Jupyter notebooks.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Svetlana LevitanSenior Developer Advocate with IBM Center for Open Data and AI Technologies
IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world's most advanced servers and supercomputers. Utilizing its business consulting, technology and R&D expertise, IBM helps clients become "smarter" as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. IBM invests more than $6 billion a year in R&D, just completing its 21st year of patent leadership. IBM Research has received recognition beyond any commercial technology research organization and is home to 5 Nobel Laureates, 9 US National Medals of Technology, 5 US National Medals of Science, 6 Turing Awards, and 10 Inductees in US Inventors Hall of Fame.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How can I earn my IBM Badge?
Upon completion of the program, you will receive an email from Acclaim with your IBM Badge recognizing your expertise in the field. Some badges are issued almost immediately after completion of the badge activities, while others may take 1-2 weeks before they are issued. Once issued, you will receive a notification email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions for claiming the badge. Learn more about IBM Badges
What is data science?
Data science is the process of collecting, storing, and analyzing data. Data scientists use data to tell compelling stories to inform business decisions. Learn more about what data science is and what data scientists do in the IBM Course, "What is Data Science?"
What are some examples of careers in data science?
An understanding of data science and the ability to make data driven decisions is useful in any career, but some careers specifically require a data science background. Some examples of careers in data science include:
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Data Architect
- Data Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Machine Learning Engineer
- Marketing Analyst
- Operations Analyst
- Quantitative Analyst
How long does it take to complete this Specialization?
The Specialization consists of 4 courses. Suggested time to complete each course is 3-4 weeks. If you follow recommended timelines, it would take 3 to 4 months to complete the entire Specialization.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This Specialization is intended for learners wanting to build foundational skills in data science. No prior background in data science or programming is required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
In order to get the most out of this Specialization, it is recommended to take the courses in the order they are listed.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No, there is no university credit associated with completing this Specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
In this Specialization, learners will develop foundational data science skills to prepare them for a career or further learning that involves more advanced topics in data science.
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