Data Science Honors Program

Program Features

Data scientists are trained to combine their skills in analytics, computer science, mathematics and statistics to transform sizable and convoluted data into understandable results that can be used to make intelligent decisions. Xaver's interdisciplinary, cohort-based Data Science Honors Program challenges data-science majors to develop technical skills, examine ethical implications of the data science field and apply their knowledge to serve the community and address issues in society. Students graduate with an Honors B.S. degree in Data Science. 

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Data Science Honors Program major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • CSCI 170 Computer Science 1*............ 3cr.
  • MATH 170 Calculus I [Mathematical Perspectives]............ 4cr.
  • MATH 222 Applied Linear Algebra*............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101 Composition............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101 GOA............ 0cr.
  • DSCI 101 Cohort Experience: Data Scientists in the Field............ 0cr.

Spring

  • CSCI 180 Computer Science II............ 3cr.
  • MATH 171 Calculus II............ 4cr.
  • MATH 256 Introduction to Probability and Statistics............ 3cr.
  • THEO 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100 Ethics as Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102 GOA............ 0cr.
  • DSCI 102 Cohort Experience: Job shadow a Data Scientist............ 0cr.

Fall

  • CSCI 220 Data Structures & Algorithms [QR]............ 3cr.
  • MATH 311 Probability Theory............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 362 Intro Analytics Programming............ 3cr.
  • Language 1............ 3cr.
  • THEO Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 201 Cohort Experience: Service Learning Trip and Community-Engaged Project............ 0cr.

Spring

  • CSCI 335 Databases............ 3cr.
  • MATH 312 Statistical Inference............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 329 Data Mining............ 3cr.
  • Language 2............ 3cr.
  • PHIL Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 202 Cohort Experience: Community-Engaged Project............ 0cr.

Fall

  • BAIS 365 Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • MATH 257 Data Modeling............ 3cr.
  • CSCI 230 Socially Responsible Data Usage [E/RS Flag]............ 3cr.
  • STEM Domain Area 1 [Scientific Perspectives]............ 4cr.
  • ENGL 205 Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 301 Cohort Experience: Data Ethics in Society ............ 0cr.

Spring

  • BAIS 389 Business Intelligence [Oral flag]............ 3cr.
  • MATH 350 Advanced Data Analysis............ 3cr.
  • CSCI 350 Advanced Algorithms............ 3cr.
  • STEM Domain Area 2 [Natural Science Elective]............ 4cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 302 Cohort Experience: Career Exploration............ 0cr.

Fall

  • DSCI 390 Senior Capstone I [writing flag]............ 3cr.
  • CSCI 355 High Performance Computing............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag............ 3cr.
  • STEM Domain area 3............ 4cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 401 Cohort Experience: Mentoring 1st year Data Science Students............ 0cr.

Spring

  • DSCI 391 Senior Capstone II............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 350 Computational Machine Learning............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • DSCI 402 Cohort Experience: Program Evaluation............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Data Visulaization: BAIS 389- Students learn how data scientists use computers to collect and analyze complex information about an organization and its competitors for use in decision-making. 

Socially Responsible Data Usage: CSCI 230- What are our legal and ethical responsibilities regarding the use and interaction with data? What is privacy and how has big data and the Internet impacted it? This course introduces students to the federal laws and authorities governing data privacy and information assurance. Topics include industry standards, compliance audits and application of ethical foundations to case studies.

High Performance Computing : CSCI 355 - This course is an exploration of concepts and tools to process large data sets efficiently. Topics include basic concepts of parallel and distributed computing, analysis for parallel algorithms, Amdahl's law and the design and implementation of parallel and distributed algorithms. Topics also cover data storage and distribution for use in distributed systems and  the use of specific tools prevalent in high-performance computing for data science.

Applied Linear Algebra: MATH 222 - This course is an introduction to elementary linear algebra with an emphasis on application and interpretation. Topics include systems of linear equations and their solutions, matrix algebra, linear transformations, determinants, inverses, eigenvalues and eigenvectors and orthogonality. Course topics also include selected applications to physical and social sciences.

Computational Machine Learning: DSCI 350- This course is an exploration of machine learning from statistical and computational perspectives. Topics explore supervised and unsupervised learning techniques, emphasizing machine learning as a set of principled optimization algorithms. Course topics also include ensemble methods (e.g., boosting, bagging and model averaging), algorithmic analysis of models including issues of scalability and implementation, problems related to model expressivity, methods of evaluation and cross validation. 

Clubs

Computer Science Club

From game nights to hackathons and coding classes, these technology enthusiasts love all things digital. Members meet to discuss the latest in computer science and connect with each other. 

Business Analytics & Information Systems Club

The Business Analytics and Information Systems Club bridges the gap between classroom education and workplace experience, engaging the community in understanding and embracing systems and analytics, consistent with Jesuit ethics and values.

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Outcomes

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Xavier is located in the middle of Cincinnati’s vibrant business community, which includes multiple Fortune 500 companies. Here, practical internship experience can lead to employment for data science majors.


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Ethics-Focused Data Science Curriculum

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Data scientists are expected to use, distribute and interpret data in an ethical fashion. Xavier's Data Science Honors Program includes intentional reflection on ethics and privacy in the use of data science skills.


Career Development

Community-Engaged Learning for Data Science Majors

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Xavier's Data Science Honors program includes multiple opportunities for community-engaged learning. In these settings, students apply their knowledge in ways that serve the community and address issues in society.


Community-Engaged Learning

Data Science Honors Program Major at Xavier University

The cohort-based Data Science Honors Bachelor of Science Program introduces the analytical and real-world needs of data science. It includes a heavy course load in computer science, mathematics, and statistics designed to introduce strong STEM students to the computational and analytical skills needed to build models and tools in data science; incorporates specific experiences using skills from those areas in applied projects that incorporate community-engaged learning; and includes intentional reflection on ethics and privacy in the use of these skills.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

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