Data Science (College of LSA)
Welcome to the age of data – big data, unstructured data, mixed media data, you name it – where a need exists for a new class of experts who can extract actionable knowledge from rich and varied datasets.
Huge amounts of data with complex structures in the form of text, video, and streaming data are routinely collected in social networks (e.g., Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter), biological and health sciences (e.g., drug discovery, patient care), sciences and engineering (e.g., astronomy, networks, smart buildings), business and industry (e.g., automotive, robotics, banking, insurance, ad networks) as well as by government and society at large. Data scientists will help quantify and address the pressing concerns of modern society, including those in healthcare, sustainability, security, equity, and economics.
The Data Science Major available through the College of LSA is a joint program between the CSE Division of the EECS Department in the College of Engineering and the Department of Statistics in the College of LSA. Data scientists blend techniques from computer science and statistics – such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, statistical learning, probability models, and visualization – to manage, analyze, and interpret data.
The data science major is a rigorous program that will provide students with a foundation in those aspects of computer science, statistics, and mathematics that are relevant for analyzing and manipulating large complex datasets. Students will be exposed to both the practical use of data science methods as well as the theoretical properties underpinning the performance of the methods and algorithms. Graduates of the program will be well prepared for exciting careers in data science and will have opportunities for advanced study.
DS-LSA program details and declaration information
Open to students enrolled in the College of LSA, this program is administered by the Statistics Department in LSA.
Students who wish to learn program specifics or declare in data science through the College of LSA should visit the data science undergraduate program page at the Department of Statistics website.