Gies +DS

Students interested in Accountancy +DS, Business +DS, or Finance +DS

The Degree Audit Report (DARS) provides the official requirements for all majors and minors. Select the correct catalog year, which is the year you started at UIUC.

Students wishing to declare any of the Gies +DS majors must complete the following criteria prior to being allowed to declare the major:

  • CS 107 (also known as STAT 107): Data Science Discovery
  • MATH 234 (or MATH 220 or MATH 221): Business Calculus (or Calculus 1)
  • Illinois gpa of 3.33 or higher
  • Catalog year of Fall 2021 or later
  • Degree should be able to be completed within the 9 semester limit set  by the college
  • NOTE: From the Business Core - BADM 210 and 211 are not a part of this curriculum &  CS 107 does meet the CS 105 BUS CORE requirement.  But, CS 105 will not meet  the CS 107 requirement for +DS.

What is Data Science?

Introducing for Fall 2023 Business +DS

Once students interested in the +DS majors in Gies have completed the criteria above, they may use the Major Declaration Form to declare the major.

*Note: The GPA Requirement has changed since the recording of this video. The GPA Requirement is now 3.33 at the time of entry.

Accountancy +DS Planning Form

Accountancy +DS Sample Course Plans

Business +DS Planning Form

Finance +DS Planning Form

While degree plans are intended to provide you with accurate information, the final responsibility for knowing and completing degree requirements is your responsibility. Course offerings and enrollment restrictions should be confirmed with your Degree Audit Report (DARS) and the Course Explorer.

Hours Data Science Core
4 MATH 234 (spring only course), or MATH 220, or MATH 221: Calculus (MATH 234 recommended)
3 MATH 227 or MATH 257: Linear Algebra (MATH 227 recommended - spring only; MATH 257 Fall Restricted enrollment with Limited Availability)
4 CS 107 (also known as STAT 107): Data Science Discovery
4 STAT 207: Data Science Exploration



CS 307: Modeling and Learning in Data Science (Fall Only)

CS 277: Algorithms and Data Structures for Data Science (Spring Only)

IS 467: Ethics and Policy for Data Science 

IS 477: Data Management, Curation & Reproducibility
Hours Accountancy Core
3 ACCY 301: Accounting Measurement and Disclosure
3 ACCY 302: Decision Making for Accounting
3 ACCY 303: Accounting Institutions and Regulation



ACCY 304: Accounting Control Systems 

ACCY 312: Principles of Taxation 

ACCY 405: Assurance and Attestation 

ACCY 410 OR ACCY 451: Advanced Financial Reporting or Advanced Income Tax Problems
Hours Business Core - Choose one Specialization and must fully complete it
Information Systems
3 BADM 350: IT for Networked Organizations
3 BADM 351: Social MEdia Strategy


BADM 352: Database Design and Management  

BADM 353: Info Sys Analysis and Design
International Business
BADM 380: International Business
3 BADM 381: Multinational Management
3 BADM 382: International Marketing
3 BADM 383: Topics in International Business
3 BADM 311: Leading Individuals and Teams
3 BADM 312: Designing and Magaging Orgs
3 BADM 313: Strategic Human Resource Management
3 BADM 314: Leading Negotiations
Operations Management
3 BADM 374: Management Decision Models
3 BADM 375: Operations Strategy
3 BADM 377: Project Management
3 BADM 379: Business Process Improvement
12 Total
Hours Finance Core
3 FIN 300 - Financial Markets (Prerequisite: FIN 221)
3 FIN 321 – Advanced Corporate Finance (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Financial Markets)
3 FIN 411 – Investment & Portfolio Mngt (Prerequisite: FIN 300 Financial Markets)
12 Four additional full-semester, 3 hours 400 level-Finance courses except FIN 494 or 495 (Senior Research) and FIN 490 (Special Topics).

Advising Notes for all Finance students

  • Finance courses may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis. **Exception for COVID CR/NC exemptions**
  • Finance GPA is calculated based on all attempts. For example, if a student receives an 'F' in a course and retakes the course, both grades will factor into the Finance GPA.

Advising Notes for all Accountancy students

  • Finance courses may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
  • Accountancy courses (both required and elective) to be applied toward the 124-hour requirement for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy may not be taken on a credit/no-credit basis. In addition, a limit of 33 hours of accountancy courses (including ACCY 201 and ACCY 202) may be counted toward the 124 total hour requirement.
  • Students admitted to the BS/MAS program during junior year will need to plan their 400 level accounting coursework around what option, Financial Reporting and Assurance (FRA) or Tax, they plan to pursue in the MAS program.
  • All Accountancy majors are required to take an advanced accounting elective (ACCY 410 or ACCY 451). Below are the suggested course combinations for each option in the MAS program.
  • Financial Reporting and Assurance (FRA) Option: ACCY 410 Advanced Financial Reporting (prerequisite to ACCY 510)
  • Tax Option: ACCY 451 Federal Income Tax Problems (prerequisite to ACCY 551).
  • Note: FIN 300 is required for students who wish to pursue the Finance Concentration within the MAS program or plan to take graduate level Finance courses.