Distill insights from large data sets using machine learning and present them with compelling visualizations with our major in data science and analytics.

This major combines roughly equal portions of computer science and statistics with a substantial cognate in a domain area of the student’s choice, where they will apply their data analysis skills.

Course Requirements

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The following course schedule provides a suggested framework for students pursuing a BA (or BS) in data science.

Year Fall Interim Spring
Freshman

 

Sophomore
    • DATA-202
    • STAT 243 (or 343 in spring)
    • Cognate III

 

Junior


    • CS-3XX*
    • STAT-341 or 344

Senior
    • CS 3XX*
    • Cognate V (if necessary)

 

* CS 342, 344 are offered every year and CS 374 is offered other year according to the published course schedule.

The Data Science program is an interdisciplinary mix of Computer Science, Data, Mathematics, and Statistics. For more information about the program, please contact the Chair of Computer Science or the Chair of Mathematics & Statistics.

Cognates

A Data Science student must complete a cognate, consisting of at least 15 hours, with the same departmental prefix (BIO, BUS/ACCT/FIN, ECON, GEOG, POLS, etc.) other than CS, MATH, or STAT, and with at least 6 must be at the 300-level, unless a department recommends otherwise.

This document provides a current list of course tracks that departmental representatives have recommended as especially appropriate for a Data Science major. Students may also combine courses with different prefixes with the approval of their advisor (who must be a member of the Data Science Steering Committee).

Biology

Ecosystems / Population Biology Track:
  • BIOL 123 (4) Living Systems
  • BIOL 160 (4) Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
  • BIOL 250 (4) Research Design and Methodology

    (For the prerequisite, DS majors only need to take BIO 161 or 141.)

  • One of: BIOL 345 (4) Ecosystem Ecology and Management; BIOL 364 (3) Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability; BIOL 385 (4) Internship in Biology, BIOL 399 (4) Undergraduate Research, PUBH 248 (4) Epidemiology, or an approved interim.
Genomics / Cell Biology Track:
  • One of: CHEM 115 (4) Chemistry for the Health Sciences; CHEM 103 (4) General Chemistry I; CHEM 104 (4) General Chemistry II; or CHEM 105 (4) Chemical Principles
  • One of BIOL 161 (4) Cellular and Genetic Systems; or BIOL 141 (4) Cell Biology & Genetics for the Health Sciences
  • BIOL 250 (4) Research Design and Methodology
  • One of: BIOL 321 (4) Genetics and Development; BIOL 325 (4) Biotechnology; BIOL 336 (4) General Microbiology; BIOL 385 (4) Internship in Biology, BIOL 399 (4) Undergraduate Research, PSYC 343 (4) Behavioral Neuroscience, or an approved interim.

Business

  • BUS 101 (3) Introduction to Business
  • ACCT 203 (3) Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 204 (4) Financial Accounting
  • FIN 301 & 302 (3) Corporate Finance & Investments
  • MKTG 301 (3) Marketing
  • (Students should take ECON 221 to fulfill their Societal Structures core requirement, as it is the prerequisite for some of the upper-level courses.)

Economics

  • ECON 221 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 222 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 325 or 326 (4) Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 343 (3) Research Methods
  • one additional ECON 300-level course (3)

Geography

GeoSpatial Track:
  • GEO 101 (3) People, Place and Community
  • GEO 260 (4) GIS & Cartography
  • GEO 361 (4) Advanced GIS
  • GEO 362 (4) Remote Sensing of Earth
GeoPhysical Track: at least 15 hrs chosen from the following
  • GEO 120 (4) Earth Systems
  • GEO 252 (4) Geomorphology
  • GEO 260 (4) GIS & Cartography
  • GEOG 322 or GEOL 312 (4) Coastal Geomorphology or Environmental Geology
  • GEOG 362 (4) Remote Sensing of Earth
GeoHuman Track:
  • GEO 101 (3) People, Place and Community
  • GEOG 260 (4) GIS & Cartography
  • GEOG 310 (4) Urban Geography
  • GEOG 361 (4) Advanced GIS

Political Science

  • POLS 251 (3) Foundations of Political Science Research
  • POLS 212 (3) American Public Policy
  • Three courses from one of the following categories (9):
    • American Politics and Polity:
      • POLS 208 Urban Politics
      • POLS 209 Public and Non-Profit Administration
      • POLS 218 American Foreign Policy
      • POLS 234 The President and Congress
      • POLS 237 Parties and Interest Groups
      • POLS 318 American Elections and Mass Media
    • International Relations/Comparative:
      • POLS 218 American Foreign Policy
      • POLS 277 Asian Politics
      • POLS 279 African Politics
      • POLS 304 International Peace and Security
      • POLS 307 Civil War, Ethnic Conflict, and Terrorism
      • POLS 309 International Organization and Law
      • POLS 319 International Political Economy
      • POLS 321 Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective
      • POLS 322 Global Democratization

Public Health

  • PUBH 101 (3) Introduction to Public Health
  • PUBH 248 (4) Epidemiology
  • ECON 241 (3) Health Economics and Health Policy
  • PHIL 212 (3) Ethical Dimensions of Health Care
  • One course from: PUBH 380 (3,4) Internship in Public Health; PUBH 395 (3) Integrative Seminar in Public Health; BIOL 364 (3) Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability; or PSYCH 335 (4) Health Psychology.

Students can propose other course combinations in consultation with their advisor.

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