In short, a data scientist uses data to describe real-world phenomena.
The data scientist is indeed a hybrid: part statistician, part mathematician and part computer scientist. Consequently, at Stonehill, the data science major is truly interdisciplinary, offered through the Computer Science Department and Mathematics Department.
In addition to introductory calculus and programming courses, a student studying data science will take courses such as:
- Machine Learning
- Data Visualization
- Database Systems
- Artificial Intelligence
- Statistics for Science
- Linear Models
- Bayesian Statistics
Finally, as a senior capstone, students will apply the tools and methods of data science to a real-world research project.
Growing Field Leads to Increased Career Opportunities
A recent article in Forbes Magazine predicts that the “annual demand for the fast-growing new roles of data scientist, data developer and data engineer will reach nearly 700,000 openings by 2020.” As a result, students in the data science major will be competitive for a growing number of internships and employment opportunities.