• Time
    3 months

    Study 10 hrs/week and complete in 3 mo.

  • Classroom Opens
    June 05, 2018

    Classroom opens in 13 days.

  • Prerequisites
    No experience required

    See detailed requirements

In Collaboration With
  • Tableau
  • Mode

Why Take This Nanodegree Program?

This program is perfect for beginners. You’ll learn data analysis skills and tools that will help you throughout your career, whether you’re in engineering, sales, marketing, operations, etc. You’ll learn to use Excel, SQL, and Tableau to manipulate, analyze, and visualize data with the end goal of making better, data-informed decisions.

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Features 1
Guaranteed Admission

Learn by Doing

Start building your data skills right away, with hands-on exercises, and projects that use real-world datasets. Collect, organize, and analyze your data, and create your own strategic data visualizations.

Earn a Udacity Foundation Nanodegree

Personalized Project Reviews

Gain and refine new data skills with the support of expert reviewers whose detailed feedback on your projects will ensure you learn everything you need to know to advance through the program.

Features 2
Amazing content & live sessions

An Outstanding Community

Draw inspiration and knowledge from thousands of fellow students, stay on track with the support of mentors, and enjoy regular updates and announcements from the program instructors.

Projects with expert feedback

Prepare for a Career in Data

Establish foundational data skills that will enable you to take the next important steps in your career. Receive critical guidance about different career options, explore whether learning to program makes sense for your path, and gain the insights necessary to proceed with confidence.

Learn with the Best

Josh Bernhard
Josh Bernhard

Content Developer

Josh has been sharing his passion for data for nearly a decade at all levels of university, and as Lead Data Science Instructor at Galvanize. He's used data science for work ranging from cancer research to process automation.

Dana Sheahen
Dana Sheahen

Content Developer

Dana is an electrical engineer with a Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Her work experience includes software development for embedded systems in the Automotive Group at Motorola, where she was awarded a patent for an onboard operating system.

Mat Leonard
Mat Leonard

Content Developer

Mat is a former physicist, research neuroscientist, and data scientist. He did his PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

Derek Steer
Derek Steer

Content Developer

Derek is the CEO of Mode Analytics. He developed an analytical foundation at Facebook and Yammer and is passionate about sharing it with future analysts. He authored SQL School and is a mentor at Insight Data Science.

Sam Nelson
Sam Nelson

Product Lead

Sam is the Product Lead for Udacity’s Data Analyst, Business Analyst, and Data Foundations programs. He’s worked as an analytics consultant on projects in several industries, and is passionate about helping others improve their data skills.

Jared Polivka
Jared Polivka

Product Lead

Jared is the Product Lead for Udacity’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning programs. He is passionate about democratizing education and spreading opportunity. Prior to Udacity, Jared worked at a data science bootcamp.

What You Will Learn

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Data Foundations

In this program, you’ll learn how to turn data into insights. You’ll learn how to analyze data using statistics and spreadsheets, query a database using SQL, and create beautiful data visualizations with Tableau.

Learn to analyze data with Excel, query a database using SQL, and create beautiful data visualizations with Tableau.

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3 months to complete

Prerequisite Knowledge

This is an introductory program and has no prerequisites. In order to succeed, we recommend having experience using a computer and being able to download and install applications. See detailed requirements. See detailed requirements.

  • Welcome to the Program

    In this part, you’ll get an orientation into using our classroom and services. You’ll also get advice for making the best use of your time while enrolled in this program.

    Icon project Interpret a Data Visualization
  • Introduction to Data

    Learn how to calculate statistics and build visuals used in industry to best display and communicate data insights. Develop proficiency in Microsoft Excel and master the skills necessary to inform decision makers and make an impact using data.

    Icon project Analyze Survey Data
  • SQL for Data Analysis

    Learn to use Structured Query Language (SQL) to extract and analyze data stored in databases.

    Icon project Query a Digital Music Store Database
  • Data Visualization

    Learn to apply design and visualization principles to create impactful data visualizations, build data dashboards, and tell stories with data.

    Icon project Build Data Dashboards

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Learn Excel, SQL, and Tableau with the help of mentors and personalized feedback from experts. Graduate in 3 months ready to apply your new skills!

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  • Why should I enroll in the Data Foundations Nanodegree program?

    Learning foundational data skills will have a positive impact on your career, regardless of your role, or field. In this program, you’ll master fundamental data analysis skills applicable to any industry or profession. You’ll discover why data-driven solutions are more effective, and learn to collect, organize, and analyze data efficiently using Excel and SQL. You’ll also explore data visualization with Tableau, and gain key skills that can support career advancement. This program is perfect for anyone looking to learn essential data analysis skills, and there are no prerequisites to enroll—beginners are welcome!

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