In recognition of the emerging and immensely important field
of “big data,” the University of San Francisco has established a Bachelor of
Science degree in data science (BSDS).
This major is a challenging and interdisciplinary program that engages
the student in rigorous academic training in the rapidly developing field of
data science. The student will gain
significant mathematical and quantitative skills, strong programming experience
and flexible training to attack problems in burgeoning data-intensive fields such
as economics, biology, computer science and many others.
The core of the BSDS major is focused around training in
mathematics and computer science with 52 units distributed among these two
departments, along with one economics course.
This core represents the backbone of the training that will uniquely
prepare a student with an impressive array of mathematical, statistical and
computational skills to confidently enter the new field of “big data” careers.
In addition, each student chooses one of three concentrations, depending on his
or her area of interest. These
concentrations include mathematical data science, computational data science,
and an economic data science focus for a total of 68 units.
This is a large major, but comparable with other science
majors such as Chemistry and Biology. As with those majors, this is intended
for focused, well-prepared students who are interested in spending the bulk of
their college career developing skills within their major.
In addition to being career-ready upon graduation the student
will be ready to continue into graduate training programs in analytics,
financial engineering, computer science, economics and applied mathematics. The
most successful students in this program will have the option to enroll in a
4+1 program with USF’s own Masters in analytics, where the student can complete
her professional training with further course work and an industrial practicum
where the student will gain hands on experience working with companies around
the Bay Area on big data problems.