What You’ll Study
Warren Wilson College’s interdisciplinary data science minor prepares you to organize, analyze, and extract information from large data sets using statistics, computer science, and mathematics. You will learn how to gain insight into complex issues through data analysis, creating predictive models, visualizations, explanations, and connections. Data Science is useful across disciplines: Business, Biology, Psychology, Sociology, Environmental Studies, and even the Humanities. You will find applications for your skills no matter your field.
You’ll use statistics in real-world situations to gain insight into complex datasets, and you’ll learn how to present and discuss your results in a professional context. You will learn the programming languages Python and R, spatial analysis procedures on raster and vector data, database management, topology, model design, 3D modeling, web mapping, and project management. You can then focus your learning through higher level Computer Science or Mathematics courses and gain depth through Advanced Data Science or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses.
As your studies culminate in a Data Science Capstone Project, you will apply your knowledge and skills to a real-world application area. Working closely with faculty, you could create an application using academic research, complete a project that solves a problem for a community partner, or work on a significant data-driven project on a professional internship with a company or nonprofit organization.