The Data Science Major (BS)

Data Science
Associate Professor: David Sonnier 
Two-Year Visiting Associate Professor: Marcus Birkenkrahe

Data is being generated at all times, arriving from multiple sources at an incredible rate. Nearly every device connected to the internet is generating data, and those capable of analysis and study of it is increasingly in demand. The ongoing generation of “big data” has resulted in a new job market: business leaders, scientists, engineers and leaders in all walks of life have realized that they need scientists with the knowledge and ability to analyze, and understand the implications of the data and then communicate their findings. In addition to the data that is being constantly generated through modern commercial use of the internet, an abundance of data has been in existence for some time. The proper study and understanding of the implications of this data is increasingly important.

The Lyon College Data Science program will provide students with the theoretical background and initial problem-solving experiences focusing on three general broad areas: science, business and economics, and social sciences and humanities.

NOTE: To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from Lyon College,
students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours comprised of
our required Core curriculum (44-48 hours), the requirements of at least one major (credit
hours vary per major), and a selection of our Liberal Arts electives. They must also earn at
least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average for all work taken at Lyon College and a 2.00
cumulative grade point average in their major, minor, and concentration.

Summary of Requirements for a Major in Data Science

Computer Science Core Competence

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Math Core Competence

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
17

Data Science Core Competence

Requirements for Science Track

Item #
Title
Credits
Data Science Elective Group - Science Track  +
9 - 12
Data Science Independent Study Lab  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
12-15

Requirements for Business & Economics Track

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15

Requirements for Social Sciences/Humanities/Fine Arts Track

Item #
Title
Credits
Data Science Independent Study Lab  +
3
Data Science Elective Group - Social Sciences/Humanities/Fine Arts  +
6
Sub-Total Credits
12

CORE CURRICULUM

Item #
Title
Credits
Core Curriculum Requirements  +
44 - 48
Sub-Total Credits
44-48
Total credits:
104-111

Overview

Program