LATROBE, PA – Beginning in the fall 2020 semester, Saint Vincent College will offer academic majors in business data analytics and data science, programs that will successfully prepare students for employment in one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country.
Students in the data science major will develop skills from the fields of computer science, applied math and statistics to extract insights from data and develop processes and models to analyze data. Business data analytics students will develop skills in business and statistics to make data-driven decisions, with an emphasis on identifying trends and creating clear and informative visual presentation of data.
“We are excited to announce the addition of the data science and business data analytics majors to our academic programs at Saint Vincent College,” said college president Father Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B. “Both of these fields are growing rapidly and offer strong opportunities for job placement, as well as high earning potential for graduates. The courses required with these majors are a great fit for the rigorous study we expect of all our programs at Saint Vincent and will prepare students for success in these high-demand careers.”
The data science major will be part of the Interdisciplinary Science Department in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing while business data analytics will be within the Business Department in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government.
Though housed under two different schools at Saint Vincent, the two new programs will be interdisciplinary in nature, with a number of overlapping courses in data science and analytics. Students can also bridge a variety of disciplines, including mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, bioinformatics and public health, while several courses will require projects in which students from both majors work together utilizing their strengths from their previous classwork.
While data analysts and data scientists share many similarities, there are differences between the two careers. Data analysts examine large data sets to identify trends, develop charts and create visual presentations to help businesses make strategic decisions. Data scientists design and construct new processes for data modeling and production using prototypes, algorithms, predictive models and custom analysis.
“Today, discovery, innovation and decision-making increasingly rely on being able to make sense of vast quantities of information,” said Dr. John Smetanka, Saint Vincent College vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “Graduates from these two majors will have the skills to develop and use state-of-the-art techniques and computational technology to analyze vast quantities of data to advance their organizations. Combined with the quality, value-based core curriculum of Saint Vincent College, graduates will be positioned to be leaders and make meaningful contributions to their communities while living purpose-filled lives.”
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