Data science** is a multidisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data.
This minor provides students with an introduction to the core concepts and skills of data science in computing, statistics and information science to complement existing majors in CMCI fields, in the social sciences, and in the arts and humanities.
The program is specifically designed as an add-on to existing quantitative methods courses and sequences in the social sciences. Students in such degree programs who wish to add data science experience and credentials to their course of study can complete the minor without additional course prerequisites. For this reason, some aspects of the curriculum (particularly the quantitative methods area) are quite flexible, allowing students to acquire this background through subject-specific study in a variety of disciplines.
** Please note that this is a different program from the Statistics and Data Science major offered through the Department of Applied Mathematics. For more information on that program, including their minor in statistics, please refer to the Department of Applied Mathematics's website.