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Data Science Program

Data Science is the intersection of statistics, mathematics, and computer science applied to extracting knowledge from big data.  Consistently ranked as one of the top fields to watch in the next decade, recent graduates at the College of Charleston have obtained positions at industry-leading analytic companies or obtained graduate school fellowships to Ivy League colleges.

Why Data Science at the College of Charleston?

  • First undergraduate data science degree to be offered in the US 
  • Choice of fourteen cognate disciplines from which to practice and learn
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Paid internships for students with IBM, Bibliolife, MUSC and more
  • Career opportunities emerging in all areas of industry, business and science
  • Department of Labor statistics project a 25% growth rate in employment through the year 2018
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Message from the Director

Paul Anderson

Paul E. Anderson
Director, Data Science

"Simply put, Data Science is where computer science and statistics come together to shape the future through data. A data scientist is creative, breaks traditional academic boundaries, and sees the power of knowledge discovery through data. Data scientists are becoming indispensable in almost every discipline and company. They can be found driving some of the most exciting technological advancements at companies from Google to Facebook, when they aren't working with scientists to find the cure for cancer or stopping global warming."

Data Science in the News

I Want Your Job: Data Scientist

Matt Mazzarell ’13, a Data Scientist at Teradata, has helped to increase the effectiveness of MRI machines and developed a way to predict the failure of computer hard drives. 

Revealing Data Science's Job Potential

Data Science is gaining traction in the industry, as analytics, data collection, sensors, and Big Data become a more regular part of our online existence.

Can Big Data Cure Cancer?

A tale of two twenty-something computer whizzes, a mountain of money from Google, and one of the oldest, most vexing problems of all time.

Big Data: The Next Frointier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity

The amount of data in our world has been exploding, and analyzing large data sets—so-called big data—will become a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation, and consumer surplus, according to research by MGI and McKinsey's Business Technology Office. 

$100k Grant for Genomics Undergraduate Research

College of Charleston and MUSC researchers will use a $100,000 grant to train a new generation of genomics-enabled scientists to advance the future of biology.