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USciences Launches BS in Data Science Degree

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on August 29, 2018

With Big Data playing an integral part in nearly every facet of life today, nearly every industry needs more professionals who can extract meaningful information from data and provide scientific insights for decision making. In response to this need, USciences has launched a new bachelor of science degree in data science that provides students with an in-depth understanding of the science behind data.

“This program is uniquely designed to give students with the knowledge, skills, and technical foundation necessary to unlock the value of data and tackle complex, multidisciplinary problems,” said Provost Peter Miller, PhD. “Our case-based focus and practical approach provides a truly novel interdisciplinary data science education that leverages real-world data and integrates the statistical, computational, and mathematical core skills relevant in the modern world.”

Data Science is one of the most in-demand and highest paid careers; IBM projects that by 2020, the number of annual job openings for data-related professions in the U.S. will reach 2.7 million. For the last three consecutive years Glassdoor has rated Data Scientist as the best job in the nation, with a median base salary of $110,000.

As more industries recognize the impact data can have on their return on investment, more organizations will open their doors to professionals with a background in data science. These positions include data scientist, data analyst, business analyst, data mining specialist, and data manager.

“The BS in Data Science degree is the product of a truly interdisciplinary effort from a core of six faculty with expertise in data science, statistics, applied mathematics and bioinformatics,” Dr. Pontiggia noted. “The curriculum allows students to tailor their degree based on their area of interest and career goals by choosing one of three application domains: Bioinformatics/Genomics, Analytics & SAS Programming, or an Individualized track. In addition, the program provides students with opportunities for hands-on research and internship experiences across multiple fields of application.”

In an age where data safety is a big problem for both individuals and industry, the program will also focus on data integrity, security, and privacy. It will also help to shape communication skills to effectuate the sharing of data to a non-technical audience.

Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean Laura Pontiggia, PhD will serve as the director of the program which will be administered out of the University’s Misher College of Arts and Sciences.

Learn more about the BS in Data Science.

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