The B.S. in data science produces graduates with the sophisticated analytical and computational skills required to thrive in a field where new problems are encountered at an ever-increasing rate. A highly technical program, the major emphasizes the statistical/probabilistic and algorithmic (e.g., machine and statistical learning) methods that underlie the analysis process, developing data preparation skills (which generally involve writing software to obtain, extract, merge, clean, and/or transform the raw data), and the creation and implementation of new or special-purpose analysis tools.
The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and the Department of Computer Science collaborate to offer the major in data science. The B.S. in data science is administered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science.