Survey key areas every data scientist should be familiar with in this online data science specialization. You will learn about different applications of data science and how to apply the steps in a data science process to real life data. You will also be introduced to the ethical questions every data scientist should be aware of when doing an analysis. The field of cybersecurity makes the data scientist aware of how to protect their data from loss.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Identify applications of data science
  • Identify the steps of the data science process and apply them to real-world data
  • Discuss privacy concerns
  • Explain what data science is and identify the key disciplines involved


  • Data Science as a Field
  • Ethical Issues in Data Science
  • Cybersecurity for Data Science
  • Fundamentals of Data Visualization

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-DS is an interdisciplinary degree that brings together faculty from CU Boulder’s departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, and others. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the MS-DS is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience in computer science, information science, mathematics, and statistics. Learn more about the MS-DS program.

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