Data science is a relatively new interdisciplinary area of study that combines knowledge and skills from statistics, mathematics and computer science in novel ways to address a broad range of real-world applications.
A data scientist finds solutions to problems using data from a multitude of different sources. These sources include not only different disciplinary domains and channels, but also a variety of platforms such as cell phones, social media, e-commerce outlets, medical datasets, internet searches, and more. Thus, a data scientist must cultivate skills in all the areas related to working with large, complex datasets, and produce the information necessary for planning, forecasting, and decision-making.
To earn a Bachelor of Arts in data science, you must complete the following courses, in addition to general education requirements.
The data science major consists of 13 courses (42 credits) with 12 core courses (39 credits):
*MATH 280: optional but strongly recommended
and one of the following courses (3 credits):
One of the following courses (each 3 credits):
91% of work seekers who majored in the natural sciences between 2018-2022 were employed, pursuing graduate school or volunteering within six months of graduation.
What types of jobs and graduate school programs do graduates pursue?
As a data science major, you’ll be prepared for such careers as data scientist, data architect, data engineer, business intelligence developer, statistician and data analyst.