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.