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Data Science Suggested Classes

Class Recommendations and Advice

The data science credit load is small to allow you to build primary expertise through a minor or by carefully chosen elective courses. (Please review the recommended general electives section for examples of classes that are a great addition to a data science focus.)
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Class Recommendations and Advice

The data science credit load is small to allow you to build primary expertise through a minor or by carefully chosen elective courses. (Please review the recommended general electives section for examples of classes that are a great addition to a data science focus.)
Class Substitutions
Some classes found in the degree are listed as a typical path for data science students. If you are transferring into the major, there are substitutions that might replace a few classes. When you submit a degree plan in I-Plan, you will need to note these substitutions so that Academic Advising can ensure credit is received for those courses.
  • CS 101
  • CS124 and CIT160
  • DCM 221 & DCM 350
  • Any of the design thinking courses beyond the foundations course can be substituted.

Recommended General Elective Courses

CS 371 | Human Computer Interaction
This class follows the lifecycle of a single user interface (UI) intensive project by building a new UI for the Windows Media Player. During this process, students will identify a target user, build a scenario for product interaction, create a paper prototype of the UI, develop a functional specification, build the project into a workable media player skin, conduct a usability study, and redesign and rebuild the project to account for findings of the study.

MATH 411 | Numerical Analysis
This course uses Python and covers basic error analysis, root finding, interpolation, numerical integration, linear equations systems, curve fitting, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, and the discrete Fourier.

B 361 | Production and Operations Management
This course teaches the basics of Production and Operations Management. Students will understand operations strategy, project management, forecasting, process analysis, sourcing, and distribution management. Excel tutorials, web-based simulations, and case studies will be used as teaching techniques.

B 461 | Advanced Topics in Production and Operations Management
This course involves the study of supply chain related activities, decisions, and concepts that help an organization effectively manage risks and maintain responsiveness and flexibility.

B 478  | Supply Chain Modeling (spreadsheets)
This course teaches the computer tools and modeling techniques needed to support supply chain analysis and decision-making. Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their supply chain analysis skills by using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet application and will be able to collect, organize, interpret, and effectively communicate the right information to businesses.

B 499A | Principles of Business Strategy
This course focuses on theory of strategy and problem solving using case method and projects with an emphasis placed on problem-framing, analysis, and quantitative and qualitative strategic recommendations. Students will form cross-disciplinary teams to participate in an online business simulation and to provide consulting services to local businesses.

HS 285 | Hospital and Health Administration
This course offers 12 focuses that students can choose from to introduce them to the possibility of pursuing a career in healthcare administration.

HS 310 | Environmental Health
This course teaches aspects of human health that impact the quality of life as determined by physical, biological, social, and psycho-social factors in the environment. Students will learn how air, water, food, and environmental agents may affect overall health.

HS 370 | Epidemiology
This course studies the distribution of diseases and pathophysiological conditions of humans and of factors which influence their occurrence. The course requires an understanding of statistical principles.

HS 378 | Healthcare Strategy
This course teaches leadership and management methods and strategies. The second half of the class utilizes case studies to illustrate important skills and methods.

HS 390 | Program Planning and Implementation
This course provides a basic knowledge of planning models, needs assessment, intervention theories/models, budgeting, marketing, and implementation practices of health promotion programs. It meets some requirements for taking the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

HS 425 | Manage Technology in Health Care Provider Organizations
This course is designed to provide information and skills for managing technology in provider organizations. Emphasis is placed on department-by-department technologies, manufacturers, group purchasing organizations, analytical tools and methods, fixed asset files, depreciation of capital assets, and capital budgeting.

HS 465 | Healthcare Insurance Industry
This class focuses on third-party reimbursement and payment methodologies like CMS (Medicare and Medicaid), Traditional Indemnity Insurance, and Managed Care. Students will analyze the office functions that permit a healthcare organization to maximize reimbursement and administrate contracts with third-party providers.

GEOL 340 | Introduction to GIS for Geoscientists
This is an introductory, project-based course that will provide students with an applied approach to learning and using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to display and analyze geological data. Students will study and apply principles of GIS and use ArcGIS software to analyze vector and raster data using spatial, geostatistical, hydrologic, and 3D tools.

GEOL 341 | Introduction to Global Positioning System
This course introduces Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and how GPS data acquisition fits within the larger Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

GEOL 440R | Applied GIS and Remote Sensing
This course allows students to expand their GIS (Geologic Information Systems) skills as related to geologic topics and problems with real-world data sets.

ECON 150 | Economic Principles and Problems-Micro
This is an introductory course that studies the behavior of individual economic agents such as consumers and businesses in a market economy. Analytical tools are used to study the consumption and production decisions in an economy under perfect and imperfect market conditions.

ECON 151 |  Economic Principles and Problems-Macro
This is an introductory course that studies the national economy, as a whole, and its interactions with the global economy. Students will analyze the measurement of economic health and the use of fiscal and monetary policies to address unemployment, inflation, and growth.

ECON 255 |  Financial Analytics
The course teaches students to integrate an electronic spreadsheet into the identification, analysis, and solution stages of economic and financial problems. Students will gain a conceptual and practical understanding of spreadsheets to be equipped with the skills needed to engage in economic financial modeling. Students will also gain experience using the Bloomberg information system, which provides access to news and analytics as well as financial, economic, accounting, and legal data.

ECON 353 | Money and Banking
This course studies financial markets and the banking sector and how they affect the general economy. The course is divided into four areas of study: An examination of money and bond markets in conjunction with interest rate theory, an examination of banking and theory of rational expectations, an examination of the operations and performance of financial institutions and their dealings with issues of asymmetric information, and an examination of the development of monetary policy and structure of the Federal Reserve.

APS 122 |  Introduction to Plant Science
This course covers the relationship between plants and people, plant morphology and physiology, plant production, the environment, soil, and other related areas. Field and greenhouse scale production practices will be included. Additional time will be dedicated to building college success skills and career exploration within the scope of the Applied Plant Science disciplines.

AGRON 325 |  Water Management Systems
This course will discuss different types of irrigation systems and drainage techniques; an emphasis will be placed on irrigation scheduling, accurate measurement, irrigation application methods, pertinent laws, and piping considerations.

GEOG 340 |  Advanced GIS & Spacial Analysis
This course is a continuation of GEOG 230 with an emphasis on spatial interpolation, spatial modeling, and use of locational knowledge in decision making. Present and potential applications of GIS and spatial theory in various disciplines are also explored.

AGTEC 486 |  Precision Agriculture
In this course, students will learn how science and technology of crop, production, and equipment are integrated to manage resources with increased accuracy and precision to enhance overall system productivity.

SOC 111 |  Introduction to Sociology
This course focuses on the social and cultural foundations of human life. Its basic concepts will enable students to better appreciate how they are molded and shaped by society and help students understand the complexity of the social forces in their environment.

SOC 230 |  Sociological Explorations
This course is designed to introduce students to the sociology major and provide them professional preparation for continuing scholarship and careers. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of social science research, including methods, logic, and application, as well as sociological writing. No mathematical or statistical background is required.

SOC 300 |  Sociological Theory
This course examines the major theoretical perspectives of sociology and how various sociological thinkers explain certain behaviors and phenomena. Through these explanations, students will come to better understand why individuals, groups, institutions and societies act and work as they do.

SOC 340 |  Research Methods
This course provides students with the methodological tools to study individuals, groups, and societies. The course will review the process of social scientific inquiry and explore how social scientists design studies and collect data.

SOC 400 |  Sociological Analysis
This course primarily focuses on helping students understand and apply certain quantitative tools that sociologists regularly use to identify, verify and interpret specific patterns among individuals, groups, and societies. Students will have the opportunity to see first-hand how statistical analysis can be used to learn about their own sociological questions of interest.

AUTO 125 |  Intro to Automotive Technology
This is an online course that is required for all automotive majors, but open to students of other majors. It is designed to introduce students to some of the foundational principles and knowledge required to be successful in other automotive courses.

AUTO 131 |  Electrical Systems
This course is an introduction to basic electrical principles and systems. Students will learn how to use test equipment to diagnose and repair electrical circuit faults. They will also study batteries, starting systems, and charging systems.

AUTO 132 |  Engine Performance
This course will introduce students to internal combustion engines and the systems that support them. Students will learn to perform engine condition tests and how to evaluate, diagnose, and repair issues with the fuel, ignition, cooling, and lubrications systems.

AUTO 231 |  Vehicle Electronics
In this course, students will learn how computer controls affect the operation of the electrical systems in modern automobiles. They will learn how various sensors, actuators, and electronic control units work. They will learn about network communications between the components. Students will be able to test, diagnose, and repair the various electrical systems ranging from power windows and heated seats to instrument clusters and driver information systems.

AUTO 232 |  Engine Management Systems
In this course, students will become familiar with how sensors, actuators, and electronic control units work together to optimize engine performance. They will learn how to use scan tools to become more proficient at testing and diagnosing faults. Students will also reinforce engine condition testing and understanding of fuel, ignition, cooling, and lubrication systems.

AUTO 382 |  Data Acquisition & Analysis
This course teaches engine management systems with an emphasis in computer controls, multiplexing, late model power train innovations, and on board diagnostics. Students will become proficient in their use of lab scopes, scan tools, and other diagnostic equipment that is designed to test the most complex and advanced engine performance systems. They will learn diagnostic strategies that rely on the vehicle's data stream. They will learn the basic principles of data acquisition and analysis. Students will also choose and complete a major research project in conjunction with this class.