Data science is for those interested in learning how to collect and analyze data, which they can then use to develop statistics that can either help businesses make informed decisions or can be used for research purposes.
Students study how data science can be used in research, business, and the public sector by studying the concepts, methodology, and techniques used in data science. These include skills such as asking the right kinds of questions, making inferences, and providing actionable insights via a dashboard.
The concentration combines interdisciplinary coursework with cutting-edge research, and shows students how to draw on concepts and models from engineering, computing, the environment, and social sciences when working in the data science field.
What skills do students have after graduation?
Graduates have the following technical skills:
- How to plan, design, and implement an empirical research project using statistical and computational techniques.
- How to test for statistically significant relationships and to build decision support tools and offer solutions for business intelligence.
- Practical skills strengthened by discussing project design, data collection, data exploration, data visualization, and the advantages and disadvantages of the quantitative models available for different tasks such as forecasting, classification, risk management, and decision-making.
What jobs does this concentration prepare students for?
While there are many job options, most of our graduates become:
- Business analysts
- Data analysts
- Data scientists
- Analytics experts
- Search engine engineers
- Business intelligence experts
- Risk managers