Data Science Major

The interdisciplinary data science program is a blend of statistics, applied mathematics and computer science. As a data science major, you will study such topics as statistical models, machine learning, data visualization and database systems.

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.

The Curriculum

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

"The sexiest job of the 21st century."
Harvard Business Review

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.