Data Science (Minor)
Why Data Science?
From health care to human resources, more organizations are relying on data to inform their decision-making processes. A minor in Data Science provides the tools necessary to properly filter, organize and analyze data to provide informed recommendations that can help propel businesses forward.
Why Study Data Science at Iona?
Iona’s data science program is based on a vision of data science as an inherently interdisciplinary and team-based endeavor. Regardless of your major, you will learn how to apply statistical and technological skills to enhance domain specific knowledge. Our data science minor also provides insight into how to communicate your findings and how to deal with ethical issues if and when they arise.
For students who want to explore data science before committing to the minor, we recommend (not require) CS148-Data Science and Society.
What You Will Learn
At the completion of this minor, students will be able to:
- Collect data
- Extract and merge usable data from larger datasets
- Statistically analyze data to summarize them
- Transform data into appropriate structures for processing
- Apply appropriate analytic methods
- Visualize data and results to improve understanding
- Draw meaning from data
- Be aware of ethical implications and privacy issues
- Effectively communicate their findings
Data Science Program Highlights
Practical, Hands-On Experience
You’ll practice applying the principles of data science across a variety of industries and see first-hand how data science plays an important role in a range of fields such as biology, finance, psychology and more.
Capstone Project Mentoring
For your capstone project, you will receive mentorship not only from your discipline specific faculty member, but from Computer Science faculty as well who will help to solidify the programming and technological specific aspects of the program.
Learn How to Communicate Your Findings
All courses stress the importance of incorporating practical work through relevant projects. By doing so, students will develop clear communication skills and be able to spot and assess any ethical issues that happen to arise.
Careers & Outcomes
Employees who understand data science are in high demand, and this trend looks like it will only continue. Almost all businesses and government agencies today rely on big data to better serve their audiences. This minor prepares students for the data-driven world in their primary fields and provides a groundwork for pursuing further education toward data-science degrees.
A minor in Data Science will be an asset in any field that calls for the following skills:
- Analyzing statistics
- Computing probabilities
- Performing predictive analysis
- Data modeling
- Working with big data