iTREDS Curriculum


One cohort. Three curriculum pathways. Fifteen credit hours.

The iTREDS program consists of data science curriculum that builds data acumen and provides interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunity and experience with a societal impact.

Within the two-year program, scholars are required to fulfill the following five-course (15 credits) and summer internship requirement as part of their undergraduate plan of study:

Year 1

Intro to Data Science [3 credits]

  • ND CSE Major: CSE 40647 (CSE elective credit)
  • ND MDSC Minor: MDSC 20009 (MDSC required credit)
  • SMC Student: General elective credit

Design Matters: Introduction to Design Thinking [3 credits]

  • ND CSE Major: DESN 20203 (Art & Lit core credit)
  • ND MDSC Minor: DESN 20203 (Art & Lit core credit or MDSC elective credit)
  • SMC Student: DESN 20203 (General elective credit)

Data Ethics [3 credits]

  • ND CSE Major: PHIL 24455  (Phil. elective credit)
  • ND MDSC Minor: PHIL 24455 (Phil. elective credit or MDSC elective credit)
  • SMC Student: PHIL 24455 (General elective credit)

Year 2

Data Science Elective [3 credits]

This elective can include an advanced data science course in Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering or Saint Mary’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. It may also include a relevant course from the designated major or Minor in Data Science. Course must be approved.

  • ND CSE Major: CSE elective credit
  • ND MDSC Minor: Required MDSC class: CSE10101- Elements of Computing 1
  • SMC Student: Major elective credit


Internship [0 credits]

All iTREDS scholars must also participate in a summer internship with the public or private sector before their senior year. 

Senior Year

Capstone Project [3 credits]

Each iTREDS scholar must implement a Capstone project, working in conjunction with a stakeholder organization. Students will design (Fall) and present (Spring) a project integrating data science, social responsibility, and community engagement. iTREDS scholars receive a stipend of $5,000 as compensation for their capstone project research.

  • ND CSE Major: CSE elective credit
  • ND MDSC Minor: MDSC elective credit
  • SMC Student: Senior Comp

Please note, students who have taken any of these courses before acceptance into iTREDS (as for example if students take them in their sophomore year) can count them towards the iTREDS curriculum.

Need more information?

For more information on the iTREDS program, please contact Sugana Chawla.