Woodbury is now recruiting students for a new program: Computer Science in Data Analytics (CSDA), which launches in fall 2020. This Bachelor of Science program, housed within the College of Liberal Arts, will help graduates make sense of the increasing amounts of data used across a variety of fields today. It will also provide them with the knowledge that they need to enter one of the fastest growing and most in-demand professions in the job market today.
We asked Dr. Marty Tippens, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, to tell us about this exciting new program:
Data analytics refers to the purposeful and effective processing of the large amounts of data that are gathered across a large variety of industries. We often hear it referred to today as “big data,” “data science,” “data mining, and “informatics.”
Beyond programming, the best data analysts possess skills in problem solving, design thinking and have the ability to work across various disciplines. This was our motivation for developing Computer Science and Data Analytics at Woodbury. Our program is designed to prepare students with the breadth of learning found in a traditional computer science program along with the current focus on data analytics, which is in such demand in today’s job market.
It is difficult to think of a field for which data analytics does not apply. A very short list includes:
All of these industries have access to abundant quantities of data and are looking for data analysts who can provide qualified insights towards informed decision making.
Students with a CSDA degree can find careers in a vast number of fields, including:
In our current information age, the demand for data analysts is so high that data analyst careers regularly tops lists of the best job opportunities. It is projected to continue to be at the top those lists for years to come.
The CSDA program includes traditional computer science curriculum, which includes a programming core as well as a mathematics core. However, additional courses include: Artificial Intelligence, Data Mining, Database Development, and Machine Learning.
There are a vast number of projects involving data analysts. Just a few examples include:
Commensurate with experience, and based on a variety of other factors such as geographic location, data analysts can generally earn from $50,000 to $131,000 as reported by a variety of career websites. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes a mean wage of $108,000 for those with computer science degrees.
Highly likely. The need for data analysts is overwhelming. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over four million computer and mathematical occupations in May 2018, with over 600,000 of those jobs in California alone.
While certificates for specializations are available, no license is required to work as a data analytics expert.
Introduction to programming courses, mathematics courses, and general education courses can be transferred from a community college to count toward Woodbury’s CSDA degree.
Yes. Graduate school opportunities exist in a number of fields including computer science, business, and marketing.
Internship opportunities are plentiful and can be found in the entertainment industry, government agencies, aerospace, healthcare, education, and in departments such as IT services, project management, research, and marketing.
Yes, the CSDA degree is a four-year program, and Woodbury makes every effort to help students graduate in four years.