Bachelor of Science

Data Science

 

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science is designed to meet the growing demand for data scientists and data analysts. The increasing availability of digital information is changing the way businesses and organizations operate, and more and more companies are in need of data science professionals with deep analytical and technical skills who can analyze massive amounts of data and extract information from complex data sources.

Data scientists need expertise in the three core areas: computer science, mathematics and information management. They also need good critical thinking and effective communication skills. Our interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the core areas of data science, including courses in programming, math, statistical modeling, machine learning, and data management. Students learn all the aspects of the data science process from data collection and data understanding to model building, and model validation, and develop communication and critical thinking skills through real world projects and course work.

DePaul offers a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Computing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Science and Health. The two programs share a common core of courses focusing on fundamental skills in data science that students take during the first two years. After the second year, the two degrees diverge in their emphasis and level of specialization.

Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Center

The Data Mining and Predictive Analytics Center is an applied research center that brings together the expertise and knowledge of DePaul faculty and fosters collaborations with industry organizations, providing consulting services in analytics and connecting companies with students of the BS in Data Science degree.

Careers in PA

Data Science students have access to a large network of DePaul alumni who work in the field of analytics and data science in a variety of industries including advertising, marketing, health care, financial services, insurance and telecommunications. A growing number of companies are looking for data scientists with the right technical and analytical skills who can make sense of large amounts of data. Students in this degree will be able to compete for those jobs.

Companies that have recently hired CDM students for data science-related positions include Allstate, Enova, Deloitte, CNA, Google, Nike, Amazon, Here, Microsoft, Groupon and Abbott, just to name a few.

Research:Faculty teaching in the degree have active research projects in a wide range of areas, including medical informatics, visual analytics, recommender systems, social computing, image analysis, natural language processing and text mining. Many projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other agencies, and many faculty members have established collaborations with industry.

Minors:Students in the BS in Data Science will be able to gain deeper knowledge of a specific domain by pursuing minors in allied fields, including for instance the Geographic Information Systems Undergraduate Certificate, Students are encouraged to discuss such options with their advisor who can suggest a minor that best matches their interests and career goals.

Focus on real data:Students work on real world applications throughout the degree and gain experience in analyzing complex data sets. For instance, in the Data Science capstone course, students have the opportunity to integrate and apply the technical skills and knowledge learned in the previous courses by working together on a large scale data project. Data Science is a collaborative field and the capstone experience prepares students for the type of environment they will find in the workplace.