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Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Data Science Certificate

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Graduate Program Chair

Brady Chen, PhD

Graduate Program Committee

Kevin Austin, PhD
Ricky Sethi, PhD
Natasha Kourtonina, PhD
Nadimpalli Mahadev, PhD
Stephen Taylor PhD
Brady Chen, PhD

The Data Science Certificate is currently on hold and not accepting applications. A Data Science concentration has been approved as part of the MS in Computer Science. The Certificate program is under revision for a relaunch in Fall 2018.

Program Objectives

The Data Science Certificate Program will provide an opportunity for the students in Computer Science who would like to pursue their career in data analysis.  It will also open the door for those who are interested in working on data across multiple disciplines.

Program Description

The data science certificate offers the opportunity for students to develop knowledge and skills in data analysis and visualization, database development, machine learning, and data mining. This certificate will  enhance competitiveness and technical knowledge, and prepares students for professional careers in the rapidly changing field of managing, mining, integrating, and analyzing big data across a wide array of areas such as business, medicine, bioinformatics, government, education, marketing, security, financial management, and many other fields.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

A Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or other field is required. Students are also required to have sufficient background in (1) Computer programming, (2) Probability and Statistics (including the requisite additional background in Linear Algebra and Calculus), and (3) Database Design as foundational knowledge for this certificate program. This background may be gained by completion of the following courses, or by demonstration of prior content acquisition through academic credits earned in prior course work, professional experience in the field, non-credit training completed through professional development, and undergraduate course work in computer science and/or related fields.

CSC 1550           Computer Science II (see undergraduate catalog for description)

MATH 1700        Applied Statistics (see undergraduate catalog for description)

CSC 7500            Database Design

Students seeking to demonstrate the content knowledge must complete a form and submit evidence which is reviewed by the department.

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