The first of its kind in Missouri and the region, Northwest’s Data Science major is an interdisciplinary program with four areas of emphasis: computer science, business, molecular biology and geographic information systems.
The business emphasis is designed for students interested in analyzing data and projecting the best option for a client. Faculty focus on ensuring students have tools to analyze big data and make proper business decisions.
Data scientists are in high demand. A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”
- Business intelligence analyst
- Business data analyst
- Quantitative analyst
- Strategy analyst
- Marketing specialist
Examples of employers:
- Banking institutions
- Consulting firms
- Consumer and recreational service providers
- Homeland security and intelligence agencies
- Information management companies
- Internet search engines providers
- Major retailers
- Media consultant agencies
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Students gain hands-on experience while participating in project-based learning that allows them to interpret actual data with faculty members.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.
Core Requirements for a Major in Data Sciences and Informatics
|MATH 17120 Calculus I
MATH 17215 Discrete Mathematics
MATH 17316 Linear Statistical Models I
MATH 17318 Linear Statistical Models II
MATH 17356 Data Mining with Applications to Business and Sciences
CSIS 44141 Computer Programming I
CSIS 44155 Introduction to Data Science and Data Mining
CSIS 44241 Computer Programming II
CSIS 44413 Visualization
CSIS 44317 Management Information Systems
CSIS 44460 Database Systems
MGMT 54313 Principles of Management
MKTG 55330 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 39275 Professional Ethics
ECON 52150 Principles of Macroeconomics
Note: If MATH 17120 is also used to fulfill a Northwest Core requirement, the hours may be counted only once toward the 124 required for graduation.
PHIL 39275 and ECON 52150 fulfill Northwest Core Requirements.
CSIS 44130 is a prerequisite for CSIS 44141 and fulfills a Northwest Core Requirement.
MATH 17114 is a prerequisite for CSIS 44155 and fulfills a Northwest Requirement.
|ACCT 51201 Accounting I
ACCT 51202 Accounting II
FIN 53311 Business Law I
ECON 52151 Principles of Microeconomics
FIN 53324 Fundamentals of Business Finance
MGMT 54315 Operations Management
MGMT 54417 Organizational Policy and Decision Making
MKTG 55438 International Business
ECON 52458 Forecasting Business Conditions
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