Aug 09, 2020  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
    
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Science - Major


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Human activity is already generating petabytes of data each day and data are projected by some experts to increase by 2,000 percent by 2020. Society undeniably needs more professionals and researchers who are capable of managing and analyzing the influx of data that will be accumulated in the next decade and who are adept at communicating meaningful knowledge derived from the data to a wide spectrum of audiences.

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with the knowledge, skills and technical foundations required to unlock the value of data and tackle complex multidisciplinary problems. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary breadth of knowledge in statistical, computational and mathematical thinking, as well as in-depth knowledge in a particular application domain chosen by the student. Students who graduate from this program will be well prepared to enter a career immediately if they choose or continue on to graduate degrees.

Students in this program complete a set of foundational and core courses in statistics, mathematics, computer science and data science, assuring a well-rounded exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Students then add breadth to their major and individually tailor their degree by taking electives courses from a multitude of disciplines and choosing an application domain of their interest. The student learning experience in the program culminates with either a two-semester capstone course or a one-semester internship plus a one-semester capstone.

 

General Education and Program Required Courses (53 Credits)


  • General Education Humanities Requirement Credits: 3
  • General Education Social Sciences Requirement Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 6 

Data Science Required Core Courses (9 credits)


Application Domain (15 credits)


Individualized Application Domain


  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits in a specific Application Domain (courses need to be 2XX level or above) approved by the academic advisor. 

Free Elective (3 credits)


Sample Data Science Curriculum (Analytics & SAS Programming Application Domain)


First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 6
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 13


Total Minimum Credits: 124


Sample Data Science Curriculum (Bioinformatics/Genomics Application Domain)


First Year


Second Year


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 6
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective Credits: 3
  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 13


Total Minimum Credits: 124


Sample Data Science Curriculum (Individualized Application Domain)


First Year


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 3-4 

Credits/Semester: 16-17


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 3-4

Credits/Semester: 15-16


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 
  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 3-8

Credits/Semester: 15-20


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 3-4
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 15-16


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement Credits: 3 
  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 6-8 

Credits/Semester: 16-18


Spring Semester


  • Program Elective or Required Application Domain Credits: 9-11
  • Free Electives Credits: 3
  • General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Requirement Credits: 3 

Credits/Semester: 13-18


Total Minimum Credits: 124


Notes:


  • (a) Qualified students may substitute BS 132/BS 134 and BS 133/BS 135 for BS 109/BS 110 and BS 119/120
  • (b) Qualified students may substitute CH 111/CH 113 and CH 112/CH 114 for CH 101/CH 103 and CH 102/CH 104 

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