What is Data Science at WVU like?
Data is being collected constantly, whether we realize it or not. “Big data” is more than numbers – it’s images, tweets, locations. New industries like digital humanities and computational social sciences are appearing at the intersection of traditional fields of quantitative study, and this major is training students to understand and support these emerging needs.
Data science is an interdisciplinary field with roots in applied mathematics, statistics and computer science. With increasing employment demands across many STEM, health, social sciences and humanities fields, WVU seeks to meet this need with a new Bachelor of Science in data science.
A key component to the Data Science major is its 12-hour focus area. Working with their academic advisers, Data Science students will take classes in a discipline related to their interests and career goals. Students can choose their area of emphasis among academic areas including the social sciences, humanities and sciences. Examples include astronomy, biology, criminology, geography, geology, GIS, physics, public health, psychology and sociology.
Students with an interest in further specialization in statistics, math and/or computer science can add minors in those areas as well.
Data Science program highlights:
At a Glance
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
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