College of Health and Human Services

DATA SCIENCE MINOR

GENERATING ANSWERS FROM THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION


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FIRST COURSE BEING OFFERED IN SPRING, 2020
DATA SCIENCE I - HHS 2500 (CRN:24302)
Monday - Wednesday 4 P.M. TO 5:20 P.M. (UHALL)
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WHAT IS DATA SCIENCE?

This new academic field emerged from the need to obtain faster and more efficient answers from the ever increasing flow of incoming data.  Decision-makers in virtually all organizations increasingly rely on accurate and timely information from Data Scientists, a new breed of specialist that can “do it all” to  generate electronic information that does not yet exist (through monitoring Internet traffic, customer responses, video recordings, machine behavior and other events), write code to transform raw information into structured data, and provide reliable analysis that answers questions. 

The minor in Data Science is designed to teach functional data science skills that supplement virtually any major. Through "hands on" exercises, students will learn to write computer code, design multi-source data files, and analyze, visualize, and report data findings using popular software such as SAS (or R), Python, SQL, Excel and Tableau. In the customized capstone course, each student will analyze data that are relevant to a subject of interest, such as social science, health science, business, or engineering.

Required Courses Code Credits
Data Science I HHS 2500 3
Introduction to Computer Science and Engineering Technology CSET 1100 3-4
Database Driven Websites CSET 3300 3
Statistical Methods I MATH 3610 3
Statistical Methods II MATH 3620 3
Legal Issues in Health Information Management HIM 2260 2
Data Science II HHS 4500 3

Questions?

  • I don't have any programming experience. Will I be able to pass these courses?
    Although challenging, data coursework is designed assuming no prior coding knowledge.
  • Is Calculus required for any of the courses in this minor?
    No courses in this minor require Calculus.  Statistical Methods I and II no longer require Calculus as a prerequisite.
  • Will these courses be relevant to my interests?
    Data Science is inherently interdisciplinary. Students will be encouraged to analyze data from their area of study or interest. This minor seeks to reach out to students interested in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Will a Data Science minor increase my job prospects?
    Yes. In the modern era, data skills are in high demand in virtually every career field. Learning practical data skills can differentiate your resume from other candidates.

For more information, please contact the coordinator:
David R. Lilley, Ph.D. 
Email:  David.Lilley@utoledo.edu
Phone: 419.530.5352

Last Updated: 12/9/19