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An interdisciplinary program, our data science major responds to an ever intensifying societal demand for expertise in the management and analysis of data. Students pursuing a major in data science can choose from three tracks: finance and economics; statistics; and computer science.
Our program provides readily accessible education and training focused on the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data. We blend know-how from the disciplines of statistics, computer science, mathematics, economics, and finance to teach and mentor students in ways of applying powerful computational and inferential strategies to real-world problems.
Data Research Fellowship
The James Rocco Quantitative Data Research Scholarship
provides up to $5,000 to support innovative, student-designed quantitative research projects to be carried out during the summer or the academic year. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the development of skills in using quantitative methods to derive information from data.
|Data Research Projects|
A sampling of recent research projects include:
|Data Science Minor|
The Data Science Minor is designed to allow easy entry for students with no prior exposure to statistics or computer science. It can be completed within the first two years of college study. In this way, students with majors in the humanities, social sciences, and/or natural sciences can acquire data analytic expertise (particularly in the areas of statistics, statistical programming, and machine learning) that can be put to effective use in subsequent upper-level coursework. Data management, visualization, and analysis techniques, coupled with computer programming fundamentals, provide students with a skill set that is increasingly in demand by a wide variety of employers.
Students have participated in summer research internship programs in biostatistics and bioinformatics at the following universities:
Employers recruit our data science students for internships and jobs:
|Career Paths in Data Science|
On Sums of Consecutive Triangular Numbers, a mathematics research paper co-authored by Dipika Subramaniam ’21 and Associate Professor of Mathematics Enrique Treviño, was published in the journal Integers in April 2020.
Physics and math double-major John LaPonte ’20 landed a job weeks before graduation with a Chicago-area company that is developing automation machinery for the COVID-19 vaccine.