Data Science Program Requirements
- Jonathan Amburgey
- Spencer Bagley
- Bill Bynum
- Russ Costa
- Jonas D'Andrea
- Helen Hu
- Kathy Lenth
- Jingsai Liang (Chair)
- Sean Raleigh
- Bianca Thompson
Data Science Goals
- Critical thinking
- Apply data analysis to solve real problems and make predictions in real world contexts.
- Scrape, clean, process, and evaluate the validity of data from publicly available sources.
- Explore and contrast different methods of data visualization.
- Employ novel and flexible strategies for attacking real-world issues.
- Effectively work in teams to use data science.
- Leverage unique talents and skills in a group setting to make the whole better than the sum of its parts.
- Discuss data and conclusions using effective verbal presentation and written explanation.
- Global responsibility
- Apply data analysis to better understand real problems around the globe.
- Consider the ethical ramifications of gathering, storing, and analyzing data.
The program offers an academic minor.
The Data Science minor is designed to help students develop the ability to use data to answer research questions and make predictions and decisions. The minor offers core classes that provide a foundation in mathematics, computer science, and statistics. The program culminates in a capstone project that requires students to apply their data knowledge to a project related to their major or another area of interest.
Data Science Minor
|Requirement Description||Credit Hours||Prerequisites|
|I. Required Core Courses||22|
|III. Capstone Project||1|
|Total Hours for the Data Science Minor||27|
*Honors students may use HON 232 Data/Society/Decision-Making as a substitute for DATA 110 Explorations in Data Science.
Note: The courses listed in Section II (Electives) cannot be "double-dipped" with courses in other majors. In practice, what this means is that Computer Science and Business Computer Information Systems majors may not use CMPT 307 Databases as an elective for Data Science, and CMPT 311 Machine Learning may only be used once, either to satisfy upper-division elective credit in CMPT or to satisfy elective credit for the Data Science minor, but not both. Math majors who are also Data Science minors may not count DATA 350 or DATA 360 as upper-division elective credit toward the Math major, and DATA 370 may only be used once, either to satisfy upper-division elective credit in MATH or to satisfy elective credit for the Data Science minor, but not both. The same is true for 300-level DATA courses in May Term.