New Curriculum Development in Data Science Programs


Data Science is gaining recognition as an emerging multidisciplinary field often associated with big data. The McKinsey report projects “… a need for 1.5 million additional managers and analysts in the United States …” and “… that demand for deep analytical positions in a big data world could exceed the supply being produced on current trends by 140,000 to 190,000 positions …”. They project that demand will exceed supply by as much as 50-60 percent by 2018. In response, faculty in the Department of Statistics and the School of Computing and Information Systems are proposing interdisciplinary programs. The two units have developed an undergraduate Minor in Data Science. The Masters in Computer Information Systems will offer a graduate certificate providing computing skills used in big data analytics. This presentation is intended to show how students in different disciplines can enhance their skill sets with these programs.

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