BA MAJOR & MINOR
What You’ll Study
Data Science is useful across many disciplines including Business, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Science, and Political Science. You’ll learn the mathematics, statistics, and computer science skills required to effectively extract information from large data sets, analyze results, and communicate your findings. You’ll specifically focus on applying data science to challenging problems in areas such as environmental sustainability and social justice.
You will take courses covering topics such as statistics, data science, machine learning, geographic information systems (GIS), computer programming, calculus, linear algebra, statistical modeling, and databases. Once you learn the basics of the programming languages Python and R and develop skills in GIS, you will dive into advanced mathematics, statistics, and data science courses.
As your studies culminate in a Capstone Project, you will apply your knowledge and skills to an area of your choosing that involves social or environmental advocacy. Working closely with faculty, you could complete a purely academic project in one of these areas, choose a project that solves a problem for a community partner, or work on a significant data-driven project through a professional internship with a company or nonprofit organization.