Data Science combines mathematics and computing, exploring algorithms and how they apply to data. The major lays out the essential tools for data analytics and allows you to pursue multiple tracks depending on your interests. Data Science can be meaningfully combined with a range of other majors that utilize data analytics, such as business and psychology. The major gives you the skills to have a career in nearly every field.
Lyon College is the first private institution in Arkansas to offer data science, and it has partnered with the Little Rock-based ad agency, Stone Ward to provide real-world experience to students by allowing them to collaborate and work alongside Stone Ward’s analytics team.
In addition to hands-on experience, Lyon students will also have the opportunity to earn academic credit by participating in micro-internships with Stone Ward.
For the major, students can pursue one of three tracks, science, business and economics, or social sciences/humanities/fine arts.
For the science track, students will take three science classes at the 200 level or above, and for each class, the students will take a data science lab with a course-related project.
For the business and economics track, students will meet the requirements for a minor in business or economics or complete certain classes in business, economics and accounting.
For the social sciences/humanities/fine arts track, students will complete the Digital Humanities course as well as two classes from either the social sciences, humanities or fine arts divisions. For each class, the student will take a data science lab with a course-related project.
Data scientists develop models and algorithms to provide information and predictions to decision-makers. They also report and interpret data, create dashboards and data workflows, mine data, and are some of the main pioneers of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Data science majors aren’t limited to careers as statisticians and data analysts. They can pursue opportunities in the fields of business, marketing, politics, engineering, and many more.
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