Data Science

Every day human interaction with technology generates enormous volumes of data. This ever-growing collection of information is leveraged in virtually every industry, including healthcare, government, manufacturing, social media, banking, and beyond.

The Data Science B.S. program at Duquesne University will prepare you to provide practical solutions to problems involving small data sets to massive amounts of data. This incorporates the entire data science pipeline, including problem formulation, data collection, high powered computing, statistical analyses, and meaningful interpretation.

The Data Science major at Duquesne prepares students to:

  • Generate, collect, clean, store, manage, and process data
  • Implement data visualization and exploratory data analysis techniques
  • Develop statistical and data-based models that appropriately address a problem of interest
  • Be proficient in Python, R, SAS, and other languages and software used in Data Science
  • Interpret model output in the context of real world solutions
  • Translate data problems, methods, and findings in oral, visual, and written formats to any audience

Data scientists are in high demand in any industry that needs to collect and interpret data, and data science is among Glassdoor's Best Jobs in America 2019. If your goal is to be a data scientist, business intelligence officer, or data analyst, you are in the right place!


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Program Requirements

Students in our Data Science program must complete the below mathematics courses:
  • MATH 115 Calculus I
  • MATH 116 Calculus II
  • MATH 215 Calculus III
  • MATH 135 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 301 Probability and Statistics I
  • MATH 302W Probability and Statistics II
  • MATH 325W Applied Statistics with Regression
  • Choose one of the following upper-level stats electives:
    • MATH 445 Predictive Modeling and Classification
    • MATH 473 Statistical Computing
  • COSC 170 Computer Programming: Python
  • COSC 216 Data Structures in Python
  • COSC 300 Algorithms
  • COSC 423 Machine Learning
  • DTSC 110 Introduction to Data Science
  • DTSC 220 Data Visualization
  • DTSC 330 Big Data Analysis/Database Management
  • DTSC 481 Data Science Capstone Project
All Data Science majors must take at least 8 credits in science coursework that includes one sequence (and corresponding labs) chosen from: BIOL 111-112, BIOL 115-117, CHEM 121-122, or PHYS 211-212.