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New Bachelor of Science in Data Science approved by USG for Fall 2024

To meet the demands for data science professionals in Georgia and nationally, Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences (SCCS) has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Science in Data Science.

The new data science curriculum was defined by the faculty of SCCS in collaboration with Augusta University’s College of Science and Mathematics. Designed to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in a data-driven world, this program promises to be a catalyst for innovation and economic development.

“We are excited to offer the new Bachelor of Science in Data Science program. There is a great demand for data scientists, both in our region and nationally,” said Alexander Schwarzmann, PhD, dean of SCCS. “Augusta University is uniquely equipped to cultivate the next generation of data scientists. Our growing ties with industry partners and partnerships with the Department of Defense entities at Fort Eisenhower, the National Security Agency, the Savannah River National Lab and the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center, allow our students to receive exceptional training for successful careers and empower them to make significant contributions to our increasingly digital society.”

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This innovative program encompasses core data science competencies, including statistical analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and programming. Students will benefit from the interdisciplinary coursework that connects computer science with practical applications in health informatics, cybersecurity and data-intensive computational areas. Graduates will be well-equipped to analyze and leverage data effectively, driving innovation and making informed decisions across various fields, including health sciences, cybersecurity and business.

“The data science undergraduate curriculum includes rigorous preparation in mathematics, statistics and computer science, equipping students with the skills needed to excel in today’s data-driven world,” said Gursimran Walia, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs for SCCS and interim director of the data science program. “Our program offers hands-on opportunities for undergraduate research and industrial capstone projects, empowering students to tackle real-world challenges with data-driven solutions.”

AU already offers a Master of Science in Data Science through The Graduate School in partnership with the School of Public Health, providing students training in data science methods to empower them with innovative data science methods to address complex problems. The future plans include offering a combined BS and MS program in Data Science that can be completed in five years.

“Data science is transforming fields from health care to economics, converting raw data into powerful insights. AU’s Data Science program will unlock new opportunities for our students, enabling them to advance and innovate, while supplying essential knowledge workers for Georgia, the nation and beyond,” said Seth Oppenheimer, PhD, chair of the Department of Mathematics.

The BS program also lays the groundwork for offering micro-credentials and online certificates. The industrial data science capstone project, required for all majors, will forge stronger connection between AU and the private and public sector enterprises, enhancing the educational experience for students.

The demand for data scientists is rapidly growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 31% growth rate from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. IBM predicts over 2.7 million job openings by 2030, and Georgia alone sees 7,100 annual data science job openings. Richmond County in Georgia is recognized as one of the top ten areas for growth in this field. Students earning the BS in Data Science will help meet this demand, driving economic development, enhancing industry readiness and fostering research innovation.

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Milledge Austin

Milledge Austin is a senior communications and marketing strategist for Communications and Marketing at Augusta University. Contact him to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at miaustin@augusta.edu.

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