July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
This paper describes the development of a multi-college interdisciplinary undergraduate program in data science that culminates in a bachelors of science degree. Data science programs across the nation have focused primarily on graduate degrees, either research based or professionally oriented. These programs build on the knowledge base of undergraduate degrees in order to provide skills, techniques, and domain knowledge within data science. Because of the evolving nature of data science and the tremendous interest by employers, there is a growing need for workforce development involving the skills of a data scientist, which is not being met by graduate programs. This paper presents the motivation, background, and need for undergraduate degrees in data science. In addition, we describe, in detail, a newly created interdisciplinary program that uniquely integrates business, arts and sciences, and engineering disciplines while meeting the needs of industry stakeholders. The development process, the curriculum, and the launch of the program are described. Lessons learned are summarized to assist other universities contemplating similar programs. Finally, we discuss our vision for the future of such programs.
Schubert, K. D., & Rossetti, M. D. (2021, July), Creating a Multi-College Interdisciplinary B.S. Data Science Program with Concentrations Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36868
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