Coding for Data Track

Data skills are analytical skills. 

Businesses, governments and economies rely on databases. Coding languages like SQL and Python allow us to access the information they hold. Whether you’re an information technology major or have never looked at a database, kickstart a high-potential career in data.

In this Track, you will:

Learn SQL, the most popular tool to access, manage and modify data stored in databases

Learn Python, the world’s most popular coding language, to analyze massive data sets with ease and communicate findings

Track led by Dr. Robert Alvarez

Create a portfolio of analysis projects that solve real-world business problems

Data scientist at

Enhance your resume by tackling real-world projects from global companies including:

Data science skills are for more than computer science majors.



Coding for Data is a perfect Track regardless of major - computer sciences, economics, marketing, and more.





Earn credits and credentials that will jumpstart your future.

Spring 2023 Cost: Equivalent to 3 credits of tuition

Spring 2023 Course Code: BDA 338

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Data Wrangling with SQL

Data Wrangling gives you the technical skills and experience you need to succeed in analyzing and communicating findings from relational databases.  

In Part 1 of The Experience, you’ll:

  • Kickstart your career in data science by learning the #1 data wrangling language: SQL
  • Write queries to sort, filter and group data - and learn how to debug errors
  • Gain experience with intercultural training used by the UN
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with diverse team members
  • Receive a SQL Specialist certification and badge for your LinkedIn

Course Codes:

Elective Credit

BDA 338

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Intro to Python for Data

Intro to Python teaches you Python, a beginner-friendly, powerful programming language that has a wide variety of uses. 

In Part 2 of The Experience, you’ll:

  • Learn the technical skills necessary to succeed in a high-potential data science career
  • Learn about Python libraries such as Pandas and NumPy
  • Successfully navigate challenging situations with increased emotional intelligence
  • Expertly engage in intercultural communicaiton and collaboration with diverse peers
  • Receive a Python Specialist certification and badge for your LinkedIn

Course Codes:

Elective Credit

BDA 437

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Intercultural Competency & Leadership Skills

The world is changing how we work and connect with each other. 

Whether your future team collaborates in-person or remotely across continents, building skills like emotional intelligence, listening for understanding and managing bias will help you stand out in your future job search.

97% of alumni would recommend The Global Tech Experience to a friend or colleague.


"I love being able to share my knowledge and passion about data, critical thinking and problem solving with everyone. This is not a math class. It’s a deep dive into the world of data. I believe students can do more with the right tools."

Dr. Robert Alvarez

Former Data Scientist at Intel and Head of the Coding for Data Track

How The Global Tech Experience works

Flexible Learning

Interactive Sessions

Whether you prefer to work at your desk at 2 PM or on your couch at 2 AM, our 100% online program gives you the flexibility to learn your way, every day.

Once you’ve tackled the modules on your own, meet with your peers weekly in LiveLab, a virtual classroom conducted over Zoom.

No Tests, No Quizzes

1:1 Support

Instead of being graded on learning theories and memorizing formulas, this Track will be open-world. You'll use the resources around you to solve real problems.

You'll have access to a teaching team that is committed to your success in The Global Tech Experience. Get help via Drop-In Hours and the HelpHub.

Why Global Tech?

The world is changing - evolve with it. Tech skills are necessary for careers across all industries.

Bridge the skills gap in the workplace with marketing, coding, analytics and data science experiences.

The ability to communicate effectively with a diverse team gives you a unique career advantage.

Learn how real companies use technology to drive operations, gain customers and make decisions.


This Spring 2023 Term, Data Wrangling with SQL will take place from January 9 - February 26.

The cost of The Experience for all current undergraduate students will be equivalent to the tuition amount for the number of credit hours enrolled (i.e. 3 credits of tuition for one Part of The Experience).

Instruction in The Experience is broken up into LiveLabs and Video Lessons:

LiveLabs are virtual sessions held twice a week and conducted over Zoom with your classmates. Attendance is required. Please select one of the following sets of LiveLab times according to your Track of choice:

Data Analytics Track

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM PT (Part 2)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM PT (Part 2)

Coding for Data Track

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM PT (Part 1)

Video Lessons are high-quality, pre-recorded videos housed in Global Tech HQ that can be completed any time — day or night — but you will need to stay on track with your peers.

To meet with your LiveLab Instructor or Team Lead, visit one of their Drop-In Hours scheduled in your HQ calendar each week.

You will have access to an on-demand Support Specialist, a coach to make sure you stay on track, and a breakout team for group work and weekly live discussions.

No, these Tracks are designed for all backgrounds and majors. Rather than starting in theory, you will start with a focus on real-world application, using tools that remove complexity. These Tracks are not just "open note" — they are "open everything," just like in the real world.

These Tracks will require you to have access to a desktop or laptop computer (tablets are NOT compatible), stable high-speed internet and a webcam. For Windows, a computer with a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or later is required. For Macs, a model from 2009 or newer is required.

You will receive all other materials and software licensing.

The Experience is only offered to current CUI undergraduate students at this time.

Please review this link to see the refund policy and dates you will be expected to follow for the upcoming term.

Current undergraduate students are eligible to receive 3 credits upon completion of each Part completed within each Track. Students with a BDA major, emphasis or minor, may be eligible to apply credits received toward their BDA requirements. Students outside of a BDA major, emphasis or minor, will receive General Elective credit. Please check with your academic advisor about how The Experience can fulfill your credit requirements.

No, you can participate from anywhere.

The Global Tech Experience is offered in partnership with Podium Education, the leader in developing online experiences that empower universities to prepare students for high-growth careers in the digital economy.

The Experience is offered through Concordia University Irvine.

Contact the CUI Global Tech Experience Team at (949) 468-3190.

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