Data Science

The exigency for people with data analysis, critical thinking, and communication skills continues as the volume and access to data grows exponentially all around.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 31% growth rate in the employment of data scientists through the year 2029. This is a faster than average growth rate when compared to other occupations, based upon a widespread need for statistical analysis of "the increasing volume of digital and electronic data".1

The emergence of "big data" has served as a catalyst for the growth of data science as a discipline, building a solid foundation through the combination of statistics, mathematics, and computer science.  Data science captures the already-present interdisciplinary nature of statistics and mixes with it a breadth of knowledge from many other subject domains.  A data scientist, grounded within a solid liberal arts education, will continue to have influential roles in discovery and decision-making across the broad spectrum of disciplines and industry. St. Catherine University's mission to educate our students to lead and influence inherently contains our responsibility to learn how to think critically, ethically, and globally about information and data.  Our data science students learn to conduct analyses and construct models, to draw conclusions and interpret results, and to allow that thinking to inform the decision-making process - a key component at the heart of ethical, transformational influence and leadership.


DSCI 1000 Telling Stories with Data - Introduction to Data Visualization — 4 credits

The amount and extent of data in our world is constantly growing. There is an increasing need to summarize the data, make sense of it, and use it to tell important stories. Visualizations are an immensely popular way to summarize data and communicate it into a narrative. In this course, we will discuss how we perceive information visually, how to identify and avoid pitfalls in data visualization, how we interpret data visualizations to tell a story, and how to create effective visualizations. Through community-engaged work, students will begin to learn to craft summaries and visualizations of data and to use these tools to construct narratives about the data. Community-engaged work is project-based. No prerequisites required; ideal for first year students, but open to all interested students. Course does not satisfy the math/stat core requirement.

DSCI 2000 Seminar for Data Science and Statistics — 2 credits

This seminar course offers an introductory insight into data science and statistics as a major course of study and some of the professional opportunities associated with the discipline. We will learn from data scientists, statisticians, and analysts as guest speakers and professional panels, learn and practice communication skills through general conversations, book discussions, games, and mock interviews, as well as begin framing the process of e-portfolio and resume construction. Offered every odd spring semester in the College for Women.

DSCI 2100 Introduction to Programming: Applied Computing I — 4 credits

This semester course is designed using Google proprietary curriculum. Students will develop problem solving and programming skills, specifically in Python, and will learn to analyze and visualize data in order to drive well-informed decisions, no matter the student’s major or course of study. No prerequisites. Offered every odd fall semester in the College for Women.

DSCI 2994 Topics — 4 credits

The subject matter of the course is announced in the annual schedule of classes. Content varies from year to year but does not duplicate existing courses. Offered in the College for Women.

DSCI 3100 Database Management — 4 credits

An introduction to database concepts, design and implementation. The focus is on database design using the ER model, as well as managing and implementing relational database systems. The design process is iterative and consists of four phases: Requirements, Design, Coding, and Testing. This process is often employed in many project management and technology development projects. Topics include Data Modeling Using Entity-Relationship Model, Chen and Crow’s Foot Notation, Relational Database Implementation, Structured Query Language, and schema Normalization. This course is co-convened with LIS 7510. The courses share the same course description, objectives and content, with different course requirements. Offered every odd fall in the College for Women.

DSCI 4684 Directed Study — 4 credits

DSCI 4954 Independent Study — 4 credits