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The Programming for Data Science Nanodegree program offers you the opportunity to learn the most important programming languages used by data scientists today. Get your start into the fascinating field of data science and learn R, SQL, terminal, and git with the help of experienced instructors.
This is an introductory program that is not designed to prepare you for a specific job. However, as a graduate of this program, you will be proficient in the programming skills used in many data analysis and data science roles, including R, SQL, Terminal, and Git.
If you are interested in taking the first step into the field of Data Science this course is for you. This course will quickly teach you the foundational data science programming tools (R, SQL, Git). This course requires no pre-requisite knowledge so you can get started now. Having mastered these in demand tools, you will be able to tackle real world data analysis problems.
Learning to program R and SQL, the main programing languages used by data scientists and analysts, is the core of this program. By learning these foundational programming skills, you will be ready to advance your career in data.
We offer two tracks to this program, one teaching Python and one teaching R. These are both popular among data scientists. You can enroll in one or the other, not both.
Both tracks cover the same fundamental concepts, but use a different programming language. The SQL, command line, and Git curriculum is the same in both tracks. This includes the first and third projects, which are the same between the two tracks.
The programming course and project are different between the two tracks. One course relies on Python, while the other relies on R. The projects for the two courses rely on the same dataset and skills, but they differ in the approach and final deliverable. Learn more about the Programming for Data Science with Python Nanodegree program.
Udacity’s School of Data consists of several different Nanodegree programs, each of which offers the opportunity to build data skills, and advance your career. These programs are organized around career roles like Business Analyst, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, and Data Engineer.
The School of Data currently offers three clearly-defined career paths in Business Analytics, Data Science, and Data Engineering. Whether you are just getting started in data, are looking to augment your existing skill set with in-demand data skills, or intend to pursue advanced studies and career roles, Udacity’s School of Data has the right path for you! Visit How to Choose the Data Science Program That’s Right for You to learn more.
No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.
There are no prerequisites for enrolling aside from basic computer skills and English proficiency. You should feel comfortable performing basic operations on your computer like opening files and folders, opening applications, and copying and pasting.
The Programming for Data Science with R Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support three (3) projects. We estimate that students can complete the program in three (3) months, working 10 hours per week.
Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided, and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.
Please see the Udacity Program FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.
Check out our Data Analyst Nanodegree program to take the programming skills you have learned and apply them to real world Data Analyst business problems. Working on these more complex projects will deepen your knowledge of coding and make you a more attractive candidate to be hired as an data analyst.
You could also consider the Data Engineer Nanodegree program, which focuses on data models, data warehouses, and data pipelines.
For this Nanodegree program, you will need a 64-bit computer and access to the Internet.