Majors & Minors

Data Science

Contact

Barbara Anthony

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Phone

512.863.1448

Barbara Anthony

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Data Science
Data Science

According to the National Science Foundation StatSNSF Committee, Data Science comprises the “science of planning for, acquisition, management, analysis of, and inference from data.” In other words, it is the use of quantitative data to describe the world. The theoretical foundation is based in mathematics and computer science; the practical applied meanings come from interpreting the data in the context from which it arose. However, data science cannot exist outside of its larger issues of ethics and fairness. The data science minor provides students with fundamental tools in statistics and computing, experience applying those tools in two different departments in the social sciences and/or natural sciences, and consideration of broader societal implications raised by data science and its capabilities.