Data Science


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Minor in Data Science
  • One course in Statistics from:
    • MAT52-114 Introduction to Statistics
      This course provides students in the social and biological sciences with the skills necessary to perform elementary statistical analysis. Topics include descriptive measures, probability, sampling theory, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression and correlation. This course may not be used for the Mathematics major or minor. (Each semester) (NS)
    • MAT52-574 Probability and Mathematical Statistics
      This course is a calculus-based, mathematical introduction to the fundamental principles of probability theory and applications. Topics include combinatorial analysis used in computing probabilities, the axioms and properties of probability, conditional probability, independence of events, discrete and continuous random variables, the standard distributions, expected value and variance, joint distributions, distributions of a function of a random variable, and sampling distributions. Also included are theoretical results such as Bayes Theorem, Central Limit Theorem, Law of Large Numbers, the Empirical Rule, Hypothesis Testing and Confidence intervals at least for a single mean and a single proportion . Prerequisite: Mathematics 52-254. (Spring) (NS)
  • One course in Computer Science from:
    • CSC54-144 Explorations in Computing
      This course is an introduction to the discipline of computer science with an emphasis on applications in the liberal arts. Topics include basic programming constructs, basic data structures, algorithmic computation, selection, iteration, interactive user interfaces, abstraction and reasoning about computer programs. This is an introductory course intended for humanities, social science and fine arts majors. May not be used for the Computer Science major or minor. Cannot be taken after successful completion of 54-184, 54-284, or 54-454 without departmental approval. (NS)
    • CSC54-184 Computer Science I
      This is the standard first course in computer programming in an object-oriented style. It is primarily intended for students pursuing a major or minor in computer science, mathematics or other disciplines in the natural sciences. Topics include primitive types and operations, assignment, conditional execution, iteration, arrays, classes, methods, recursion, encapsulation, type extension, inheritance and reasoning about programs. The course includes a laboratory component designed to explore applications and to enhance conceptualization. (Each semester) (NS)
  • Two courses in the application of data science from:
    • BIO50-222 Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary
      This lecture/laboratory course is a foundation-building course that contains instruction on reading the primary literature in ecology and evolutionary biology, conducting literature searches, designing experiments, writing scientific papers, using quantitative methods, exercising critical thinking skills for data analyses, creating graphs, and developing specific laboratory and field research skills for ecology and evolutionary biology. Prerequisite: Biology 50-123/121 and 50-133/131 and Mathematics 52-114. (Fall and Spring) (NSL) (WA)
    • BIO50-374 Human Genetics and Evolution
      An exploration of major themes and case studies in human variation and human evolution, including polygenic traits, gene by environment interaction, molecular evidence of natural selection, epigenetics, and variation in life history traits. Prerequisite: Biology 50-123/121, 50-133/131 and Biology 50-222 or Kinesiology 48-314 or Psychology 33-204 or Animal Behavior 09-204. (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) (NSL)
    • BUS30-424 Strategic Marketing
      This course utilizes business cases and discussions to illustrate fundamental business issues which include: defining an organization's business and mission, developing strategies for business growth, and devising strategies to contend with unanticipated business changes. The course emphasizes the role of marketing in all of these strategic decisions and in delivering value to the end consumer. Students analyze a variety of issues including new product launch decisions, advertising campaigns, ethical dilemmas related to business operations, and global expansion strategies. Prerequisite: Business 30-214. (ScS)
    • BUS30-434 Digital Marketing
      This course covers the fundamentals of digital marketing. Students learn how to apply and adapt traditional marketing strategies to an electronic domain (e.g., understanding the Internet for distribution). The classes and readings introduce students to search engine optimization (SEO), website management, and e-mail campaign strategies. The course also includes discussions of the ethical issues surrounding and related to e-marketing including privacy and psychological well-being. The latter part of the class is focused on social media. This includes analysis of social media metrics and user sentiment. Prerequisite: Business 30-214. (ScS)
    • CSC54-414 Operations Research
      Formulation and solution of problems with management, economics, engineering and science applications using modeling, optimization techniques, and simulation. Topics include linear and integer programming, simplex method, duality, sensitivity analysis, branch and bound algorithm, transportation and assignment problems, network optimization, and problem solving using optimization software. Also 52-414 and 30-414. Prerequisites: 52-154 (Calculus I) and either 30-474 (Finance) or 52-674 (Linear Algebra) or permission of the instructor.
    • CSC54-514 Database Management
      A study of the logical and physical organization of data in conventional database systems. Topics include functional dependencies, normal forms, relational and other data models, indexing and concurrency control. Prerequisite: Computer Science 54-284 or permission of instructor. (NS)
    • ECO31-314 Econometrics
      Quantitative and qualitative research methods for economic problems. Research design, data collection and statistical analysis of cross-sectional and time series data are covered. A major research paper and a weekly computer lab are required. Prerequisites: Economics 31-224, 31-234 and Mathematics 52-114, or permission of instructor. (Fall) (WA)
    • ENV49-204 Environmental GIS
      This course introduces students to the practice and theory of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a method for analysis of the environment. Students will examine the fundamentals of GIS and GIS applications, learning the concepts needed to effectively manipulate, query, analyze, and visualize spatial-based data. At the end of the semester students should feel comfortable applying GIS to a range of environmental issues, and have a solid understanding of the procedures and data necessary to conduct geographical analysis. Also Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-244. (NSL)
    • KIN48-314 Research Methods in Kinesiology
      This course covers the basic concepts of research methods used in the discipline of kinesiology. It is designed to help students think critically, to give students hands-on experiences with research design, data analysis and interpretation, and to report results to a professional audience. Prerequisite: Mathematics 52-114 or consent of instructor. (NS) (WA)
    • PSC32-444 Political Psychology
      This course analyzes political issues from a psychological perspective to assess the role that the political brain plays in shaping our institutions, public policy, and political behavior. The course also introduces students to research methods typical in the study of political behavior. Also Psychology 33-344. Pre-requisites: Political Science 32-114 or Psychology 33-104. (ScS)
    • PSC32-534 Public Opinion: Fact Or Fantasy?
      This course explores the factors that shape public opinion, from question wording to socialization to the media and beyond. How do people arrive at their political opinions and how can we be sure that these opinions are grounded in facts and rational understanding of the issues at hand? We investigate the malleability of public opinion and under what conditions government officials should (and do) take it under consideration when making political decisions. We also conduct our own public opinion research, paying attention to the methods used to assess individual opinions and how these methods shape our understanding of what the public wants. Prerequisites: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. Please note: you cannot enroll in this course if you haverecently taken Political Science 32-314. (ScS)(American Politics)
    • PSY33-204 Survey of Research Methods
      This course will introduce students to the wide variety of research methods in contemporary psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, survey research, experimental design, statistical analysis using SPSS, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course (which does not contain a lab) covers the basic methodological background necessary for upper-level psychology courses but does not involve as much project-based research PSY33-214. It is recommended for (a) psychology majors/double-majors pursuing non-psychology careers or who prefer an internship capstone rather than a research capstone, (b) psychology minors, (c) non-psychology majors preparing to take the MCAT, and (d) transfer students who want credit for a methods course taken elsewhere. Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
    • PSY33-214 Inquiry-Based Research Methods
      This course is designed to give students in-depth experience with the research methods used in contemporary psychology, including experimental and non-experimental designs. Topics include literature review, hypothesis formation, psychological measurement, sampling, survey research, experimental design, statistical analysis using SPSS, ethics in conducting research, and scientific writing and APA style. This course (which contains a required 1-credit lab; 33-211) involves more intense project-based original research, and serves as good preparation for later independent research, such as capstone research or graduate school. Tthis course is recommended for (a) psychology majors who prefer a research capstone over an internship capstone, and (b) students considering applying to graduate school in psychology. Also Animal Behavior 09-214. Co-requisite: Concurrent registration in 33-211, with the same professor, is required. You must register for lecture and lab with matching section numbers (e.g. 33-214-01 & 33-211-01). Prerequisites: Psychology 33-104 and Mathematics 52-114, minimum grades of C required. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
    • SOC34-314 Research Methods
      This course acquaints majors and minors in sociology with the procedures for gathering and analyzing sociological data. Students are required to participate in lab sessions as a part of the course. Prerequisite: Sociology 34-114 or 34-124, Mathematics 52-114, and sociology major or permission of the instructor. (Fall) (WA) (ScS)
    • SOC34-364 Sociology of Work
      This course investigates the institution of work from a sociological perspective. Topics include: a brief history of the evolution of work, work patterns prevalent in the United States, and modern day concerns with employment inequality by race, gender, class, sexual orientation and the work-life balance. Students are required to attend SPSS lab sessions (during normal class time). They will perform quantitative analyses using employment discrimination complaint data and write a paper based on the results. Also Business 30-354 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-254. (ScS)
  • Once course in the social sciences concernign data science from:
    • EDU40-494 Foundations and Curriculum of American
      An examination of the educational history of the United States and the changes in curriculum that have developed through the years. The course will focus on the different philosophies of curriculum organization, as well as the scope and sequences of subjects in elementary and secondary schools. Included in the course of study are considerations of multicultural education, legal and ethical issues concerning the teaching profession, and the responsibilities of the teacher in today's society. (ScS) (WA) (SPRING)
    • HIS16-214 Modern Europe
      This course surveys the history of Europe from the late eighteenth century revolutions through the creation and expansion of the European Union We explore social, political, intellectual, and cultural developments, paying particular attention to reform movements and revolutions. The course tracks shifting ideas of gender, race, and class, as well as examining Europe's role in the world and its relationships with peoples. (Biennially) (H) (IP)
    • HIS16-384 History of Human Rights
      This course places contemporary human rights debates within a long historical context, from Classical and religious traditions, through the Enlightenment, the abolition of slavery, and the growth of socialism, to the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the present day. We track the gradual expansion of notions of rights, as well as changing understandings of who counts as human. The course includes discussions of political rights, social and economic rights, women's rights, minority rights, cultural rights, and environmental rights (among many others). Also Feminist Studies 04-384. (Biennially) (H) (SJ)
    • PHI18-334 Materialisms
      An engagement with and exploration of the challenges posed within philosophy by perspectives on the world-including that of modern science-which hold the priority of matter to mind and thought. To what extent and in what ways might philosophy, originally codified through an insistence on the priority of ideas or forms-grasp its own material ground without reducing it to an idea? What effects would such a grasp have on the nature of philosophy, the status of concepts and of subjectivity, or the idea of freedom? Particular emphasis will be given to questions posed by the theory of evolution and neuro-science and to the recent upsurge in new materialist or realist positions within philosophy. (H)
    • PSC32-564 Modern Political Theory
      This course explores different perspectives on the value of science, rationality and the ideals of the Enlightenment. With a focus on unique texts by canonical thinkers that illuminate how modern ideas and values shape everyday life, this course explores the optimistic, Promethian dreams of key Enlightenment theorists, as well as the disenchantment and alienation articulated by critics of modernity. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or permission of instructor. (Political theory)

Note: No more than two coures can be selected from any one academic discipline (3 letter prefix).