Major in Data Science
Data Science is a newly emerged program of study for integrated methods used to deal with complex and massive data encountered in every field nowadays. Data science concerns principles and methods applied in a broad array of activities spanning data collection, storage, integration, analysis, inference, reasoning, reporting and ethics. The breadth of these activities defines the interdisciplinary nature of data science programs, which typically entails statistics and computer science in the core curriculum, while embracing other domain sciences.
What is the difference between the minor in Data Science and the major in Data Science?
The minor in Data Science was created to provide training in data science to students with an emphasis on data analytics and visualization complementary to their major focus.
The major in Data Science is designed to train more specialized data scientists through a more rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that integrates mathematics, statistics, computer science and other domain science courses. Data Science major graduates will possess strong understanding and skills in data management and integration, data structures and algorithms, data analytics and machine learning methods, data visualization and reporting, as well as the solid foundation in mathematics, statistics, and computer science necessary in preparation for graduate study in data science or related fields.
When can I declare the major in Data Science?
Prior to declaring the major in Data Science, students are required to complete 3 courses that provide the student with experience in fundamental components of Data Science: statistics, mathematics, and programming. See the Data Science Major Declaration Requirement section on the Data Science Major Requirements page for the list of required courses.
If you are a student currently enrolled in courses at Northwestern University, please follow the Steps for Current Northwestern Students on the Declaring the Major in Data Science page
If you are a student who is transferring to Northwestern University in Fall, please follow the Steps for Incoming Transfer Students on the Declaring the Major in Data Science page
If you are an advisor with questions about the major declaration process, please contact Undergraduate Programs assistant, Deric Holloway, at email@example.com
Requirements for the Major in Data Science
The major in Data Science will require 8 related courses and 11 major courses. View the requirements