Major in Data Science

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Program Map

Program map for major in Data Science.


The following will appear in the 2024-25 University Calendar:

Major in Data Science
As a component of the Degree Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of
Science or the Degree Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Arts, as
appropriate, a student shall complete the following requirements:
1. Mathematics 1000, 1001, 2000, 2050, 2320
2. Statistics 1500, 2410, 3411, 3521, 3530, 3585, 4411, 4486, 4502
3. Computer Science 1001, 1003
4. Statistics 2500 or 2550. Statistics 2550 is recommended.
5. Statistics 2530 or 2560
6. Statistics 2485 or both Computer Science 2001 and 2002
7. Statistics 3486 or Computer Science 3202
8. Six further credit hours in Statistics, Mathematics or Computer Science courses
numbered 3000 or higher including at least 3 credit hours in courses numbered
4000 or higher excluding Statistics 4581.

New Statistics Courses:

STAT 2485 R for Data Science provides a basic introduction to the programming language R. This course focuses on the foundations of coding, and development of basic programming skills for the effective handling of data structures and processes oriented towards the analysis of data.
CO: STAT 2500 or 2550

STAT 2530 Statistical Data Analytics builds up from the basic techniques of analysis and visualization of data presented in any of our introductory courses. It uses the programming language R as the basic computational device. Mainstream techniques of predictive  nalytics and statistical learning are presented in a hands-on approach.
PR: STAT 2550 or Mathematics 1000 or Mathematics 1005 or Mathematics 1006 and one of STAT 1500 or STAT 2500

STAT 3486 Statistical Learning introduces statistical learning, including a brief overview of linear regression, and other important topics in data science, such as classification, resampling and cross validation, linear model selection, nonlinear models, tree-based models and  unsupervised learning.
CR: Computer Science 3202
PR: Mathematics 2000, STAT 2485, STAT 2530 or 2560

STAT 3530 Analysis of Observational Data introduces sampling concepts, probability sampling designs including simple random sampling and stratified random sampling, study designs, and methods for analysis of observational data including measures of risk and association, inference for measures of association, confounding and logistic regression modeling.
PR: STAT 2530 or 2560

STAT 4411 Bayesian Data Analysis is an introductory course to the Bayesian data analysis with applications. The topics include basic principles of Bayesian modeling and inference, methods and theoretical aspects of Bayesian analysis, Bayesian computation and applications, and special topics in Bayesian data analysis. Statistical computing software R will be used to explore data sets using the techniques.
PR: STAT 3411

STAT 4486 Neural Networks and Deep Learning presents the theoretical foundations of artificial neural networks. Topics include a mathematical derivation of basic architectures, regularization of neural networks, their stability, generalization abilities and their relation to various areas of mathematics and probability, including hidden Markov chains, stochastic dynamical systems, graph theory
and numerical analysis.
PR: STAT 3521, STAT 3486 or Computer Science 3202

STAT 4502 Applied Stochastic Processes aims to provide students with a basic understanding of the probabilistic models and
techniques underlying the most widely used classes of stochastic processes, such as Bernoulli processes, Poisson processes, renewal processes and Markov chains. The main focus is on modeling aspects, which are completed by a description of some
popular algorithms for simulation using R.
PR: STAT 3585