About this Degree

UGA’s Departments of Statistics and Computer Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in Data Science. Learn about our new interdisciplinary Data Science major, which is at the interface of statistics and computer science. 

Overview of the Major: The major will provide necessary background in mathematics and build a strong foundation in Data Science, covering data structures, algorithms and database management, data collection, data mining, machine learning, modeling, and inference. Students graduating with a B.S. in Data Science will know how to develop software, design and maintain databases, process data in distributed environments, analyze the data using techniques from statistics, data mining and machine learning, provide visualizations of the data or the results of analysis, and assist decision makers. The program will include experiential learning via a capstone course, which will focus on applying the acquired knowledge and skills in a real-world data analytics project.

Student Learning Outcomes: All graduates will be able to:

  • Develop software, algorithms; design and manage a variety of databases and structures, process data in distributed environments;
  • Collect and analyze the data using techniques from statistics, data mining, machine learning; 
  • Provide visualizations of the data and build statistical models to facilitate inference.
  • Interpret results of statistical analysis and assist decision makers 

Career Opportunities: All graduates earning the B.S. in Data Science degree will learn the essential skills necessary to pursue careers in a variety of data-oriented companies [e.g., computing/internet companies (Google, Amazon, Facebook, IBM); engineering companies (Intel, Samsung, Boeing); finance/insurance (Goldman Sachs, AIG, Liberty Mutual); pharmaceutical companies (Johnson & Johnson)]; government/national labs (NASA, NIST, DoD) or pursue graduate studies. 

Course Requirements: The course requirements for the B.S. in Data Science are listed below. The coursework consists of at least 68 semester hours with 19 hours of Foundation (Area VI) and at least 49 hours of major coursework. 


  • C.1 Foundation Courses (Area VI, 19 credit hours)

          CSCI 1302 (4 hours) - Software Development

          CSCI 1360 (4 hours) - Foundations for Informatics and Data Analytics

          CSCI 2150 (4 hours) - Introduction to Computational Science

          CSCI 2720 (4 hours) – Data Structures

          STAT 2010 (3 hours) – Statistical Methods for Data Scientists 

  • C.2. Major Required Courses (at least 37 credit hours)

          CSCI 3360 (4 hours) - Data Science I

          CSCI 4260/6260 (4 hours) - Data Security and Privacy 

          CSCI 4360/6360 (4 hours) - Data Science II

          CSCI 4380/6380(4 hours) or STAT 4250 (3 hours) - Data Mining or Applied Multivariate Analysis and Statistical Learning 

          CSCI 4370/6370 (4 hours) - Data Base Management 

          MATH 3300 (3 hours) – Applied Linear Algebra

          STAT 4220 (3 hours) - Applied Experimental Designs

          STAT 4230/6230 (3 hours) - Applied Regression Analysis

          STAT 4510/6510 (3 hours) – Mathematical Statistics I

          STAT 4530 (3 hours) – Statistical Inferences for Data Scientists 

          STAT (CSCI) 4990 (3 hours) - Data Science Capstone 

  • C.3. Major Elective Courses (choose 12 hours from the list below)

          CSCI 3030 (3 hours) - Computing, Ethics, and Society

          CSCI 4050/6050 (4 hours) - Software Engineering

          CSCI 4150/6150(4 hours) - Numerical Simulations in Science and Engineering

          CSCI 4210/6210 (4 hours) - Simulation and Modeling

          CSCI 4470/64709(4 hours) - Algorithms

          CSCI 4850/6850 (4 hours) - Biomedical Image Analysis

          CSCI 5007/7007 (3 hours) – Internship in Computer Science Business/Industry

          FINA 3001 (3 hours) – Financial Management

         MARK 3001 (3 hours) – Principles of Marketing

         MARK 4350 (3 hours) - Marketing Analytics 

         MARK 4650 (3 hours) – Digital Marketing Analytics 

         MATH (CSCI) 4690 (3 hours) - Graph Theory

         MATH 4600 (3 hours) – Probability         

         MGMT 3001 (3 hours) – Principles of Management

         MIST 5730 (3 hours) - Advanced Data Management 

         RMIN 4000 (3 hours) - Risk Management and Insurance

         STAT 4240/6240 (3 hours) - Sampling and Survey Methods

         STAT 4260/6260 (3 hours) - Statistical Quality Assurance

         STAT 4280/6280 (3 hours) - Applied Time Series Analysis

         STAT 42906290 (3 hours) - Nonparametric Methods

         STAT 4360/6360 (3 hours) – Statistical Software programming

         STAT 4620/6620 (3 hours) - Applied Categorical Data Analysis 

         STAT 4710/6710 (3 hours) - Introduction to Probability Theory I

         STAT 4720/6720 (3 hours) - Introduction to Probability Theory II

         STAT 5700/7700 (3 hours) – Internship in Statistics

The program of study will require 120 credit hours to complete.