Data Science Program
At the College of Charleston, data science students are taught to scrape, process, organize, and analyze large data sets to identify patterns and trends. They learn to use the tools and problem-solving skills of mathematics and computer science to gather information from large, multidimensional data sets, data streams and complex systems.
Whether you plan to crunch numbers for the sports analytics, precision medicine, predict the stock market, or leverage big data to provide business insights, you’ll get the required background here.
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.
Student Achievement Spotlight
After rigorous judging by exerts in the field of Data Science, Jake Schwarztrauber, Katie Hane Balcewicz, and Danielle Joy Schwartz, were selected as one of five winners in the Wells Fargo Campus Analytics Challenge. The team was honored by the President and Board of Trustees at the College of Charleston on January 29, 2016.
Senior Data Science Student Spotlight
Thomas had no background in computer science when he first heard about the College’s data science program. Still, it grabbed him. “I enjoy math, problem solving and computers, so when I learned that this program combines those, I said ‘This sounds awesome. I can take this major wherever I want. I can make it work for me.’” Thomas took a programming class his first semester. “I was so nervous. I was thinking ‘how am I going to make it in a degree where I have no idea what I’m doing.’ But I realized that I could do this; I could learn new programming skills. I ended up loving that class, and discovered early on that this is what I want to do.”
Data Science in the News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.