2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Data Science, B.S.


Data Science with a Business Administration Minor  is a unique and innovative program that integrates computer skills and mathematical theory with practical applications in economics, finance and general business. This multidisciplinary program, co-sponsored with Maryville’s John E. Simon School of Business, enhances the employment opportunities of mathematically oriented students in a wide variety of fields in the world of business and finance. Students interested in Actuarial Science should follow the Data Science, B.S. with an Actuarial Science Concentration  page.

Prospective applicants should have a solid background in mathematics and an interest in the world of business and technology.

Data Science as a Career

The data scientist combines business, statistics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to advance human capabilities across various professional fields (business, engineering, health, social sciences, computer science, etc.). Data scientists work in all kinds of roles from large corporations to lean startups. Data scientists might help policy makers develop better decisions, or they might work in finance or healthcare. Data scientists are technically proficient and often use a number of computer code languages to compile and synthesize data. A background in advanced statistics and intermediate to advanced levels of programming skill are required. Depending on the field, data scientists also have to be creative to interpret and visualize data expressions.

Accelerated Master of Science in Data Science

This unique option enables the Maryville undergraduate majoring in data science to complete the master’s program in just one additional year. In this option, four courses (12 credits) taken during the senior year as part of the undergraduate curriculum also count toward the master’s degree. The students complete 24 credits in the fifth year of study to complete the requirements of the master’s degree. Data Science major students with 75 undergraduate credits, at least 20 at Maryville University, and GPA 3.25 can apply for early access to the Data Science, M.S.  program. No GRE or TOEFL is required for Maryville students entering the accelerated master’s program.

General Education Requirements


(48 credits)

Humanities


(5 courses)

  • Fine Arts elective
  • Literature or Foreign Language elective
  • Philosophy elective
  • Two Humanities electives

Social Science


(3 courses)

  • History or Political Science elective
  • Two Social Science electives from different subject areas

Natural Science


(1 course)

  • Science elective

General Education Required for Major


(2 courses)

General Electives


(10 credits)

Graduation Requirements


  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution