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Analysts who use big data are employed by many kinds of institutions and in many different industries: government, businesses, financial institutions, healthcare, scientific research facilities, colleges and universities, and others. The collection and use of big data continues to expand in all of these areas. As businesses seek to maximize the value of vast stores of available data, employees will be needed to fill the growing demand for individuals who can learn from that data and predict and forecast consumer behavior.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013 reports that the employment of market research analysts is projected to grow more than 41 percent between 2010 and 2020. Even with that growth, predictions are that by 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills, as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions (Robert Walker, Ph.D., Computerworld, September 2013).
The Bachelor of Science in Data Science at Becker College is interdisciplinary and unique among undergraduate programs in the region. The program prepares students for success in an information-based global economy and prepares graduates to evaluate and analyze data science problems requiring the integration of computer science, mathematics, and other specialized disciplines (e.g., bioinformatics, business analytics, crime & policing analytics, cyberterrorism analytics, marketing & consumer analytics, financial & risk analytics, health analytics).
The degree provides a strong foundation in data science with newly developed courses in analytics, big data analysis, data visualization, linear algebra, multivariate statistics, machine learning, and predictive analytics. The program requires an internship and a capstone experience to further put learning into practice. The data science capstone includes a portfolio project where students demonstrate their ability to address a big data problem in an industry or organizational context of their choice. Students will also complete a general education component that includes humanities, social sciences, natural science, and mathematics.
The personalized learning experience at Becker College allows the data science program to provide an advantage to our students. The goal of the data science program is not only to teach the computing and quantitative skills necessary to be a successful analyst, but also the industry/disciplinary specific knowledge to come up with valuable questions and insights.
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Upon successful completion of this degree, the student will:
Students graduating with a B.S. in Data Science must complete a specialization. Specializations are generally 12 credits but may require prerequisite coursework in order to enroll in courses within the specialization. The following specializations are proposed: Bioinformatics, Crime and Policing Analytics, Cyberterrorism Analytics, Business Analytics, Marketing and Consumer Analytics, Financial and Risk Analytics, and Health Analytics.
» Bioinformatics (12 Credits)
» Business Analytics (12 Credits)
» Crime and Policing Analytics (12 Credits)
» Cyberterrorism Analytics (12 Credits)
» Financial and Risk Analytics (12 Credits)
» Health Analytics (12 Credits)
» Marketing and Consumer Analytics (12 Credits)