Data Science

With increasing availability of data, companies, governments, and nonprofits alike are striving to convert information into actionable information and insight. In the past, students trained in singular disciplines such as computer science, operations research, or statistics had the skill set needed to analyze the required data. But the “volume”, “velocity” and “variety” of today’s data and future data streams pose unique challenges and also creates unique opportunities. Present data sets requires more programming, mathematics/statistics, modeling skills, and domain knowledge than a traditional undergraduate curriculum offers. In fact, one of the obstacles that must be removed before government, business and social sectors are prepared to use large datasets to enhance their decision-making, is the acquisition of a trained workforce that can leverage it.

Decision makers require data and evidence before resources are committed.  In the current environment, commitments are not made unless evidence supports that the opportunities are both cost effective and yield positive net benefits. Healthcare practitioners seek evidence-based medicine; social scientists engage in impact assessments; business analysts practice decision science and engineers and computer scientists desire facility with big data sets using a variety of statistical techniques.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn, with its strong Engineering, Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Business Management programs is in a strategic position to enhance both undergraduate and graduate education with data science course offerings and a Bachelor of Science in Data Science. UM-Dearborn’s recent addition of the Department of Health and Human Services is also uniquely positioned in time, developmental stage, and location, to benefit from data science offerings.  In other words, a case could be made for data science programming that enhances student education and marketability in all four of UM-Dearborn’s Colleges--the College of Engineering; the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters; the College of Business and the newly formed College of Education, Health and Human Services.

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science degree is housed within the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree program will require resources from all academic units, namely the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  Students in this program will take courses and be involved with scholarly activity from a number of departments and disciplines across campus including Management Studies, Computer and Information Science, and Health and Human Services, Behavioral Science, Social Science as well as the Mathematics and Engineering disciplines.

This program requires technical courses from each college on our campus and is highly multidisciplinary. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the curriculum is designed to leverage existing courses on campus and combine these with foundational courses in data science.  This creates synergy among academic units on campus, provides flexibility in scheduling, and allows for timely completion of the program. Students with varied backgrounds can take different courses to suit their needs, based on interest and guided by faculty advisors.

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Our graduates will be successfully employed in Data Science related fields or other career paths, including industrial, academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, or will be successful graduate students in a program preparing them for such employment.
  2. Our graduates will lead and participate in culturally diverse and inclusive teams, becoming global and ethical collaborators.
  3. Our graduates will continue their professional development through, for example, obtaining continuing education credits, professional registration or certifications, or post-graduate study credits or degrees.

Student Outcomes:

To achieve the educational objectives of the program, graduates of the BS in Data Science program will have an ability to:

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.
  6. Apply theory, techniques, and tools throughout the data analysis lifecycle and employ the resulting knowledge to satisfy stakeholders' needs.

Dearborn Discovery Core (General Education)

All students must satisfy the University’s Dearborn Discovery Core requirements, in addition to the requirements for the major

A candidate for the degree Bachelor of Science in Data Science is required to pursue scholastic quality and to complete satisfactorily the following program of study:

In addition to completion of the Dearborn Discovery Core, the following courses are required to earn a B.S. degree in Data Science from UM-Dearborn.

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses
COMP 105Writing & Rhetoric I3
COMP 270Tech Writing for Engineers (Also fulfills 3 credits of DDC Written and Oral Communication)3
MATH 115Calculus I4
MATH 116Calculus II4
MATH 215Calculus III4
MATH 227Introduction to Linear Algebra3
CIS 1501CS I for Data Scientists4
CIS 2001CS II for Data Scientists4
One course from the following:
CIS 275Discrete Structures I4
MATH 276Discrete Math Meth Comptr Engr4
MATH 315Applied Combinatorics3
Select one laboratory science sequence from the following:8
Intro Org and Environ Biology
and Field Biology
General Chemistry IA
and General Chemistry IIA
Physical Geology
and Historical Geology
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Data Science Major Core
CIS 350Data Struc and Algorithm Anlys4
CIS 375Software Engineering I4
ECE 3100Data Science I4
CIS 3200Data Science II4
CIS 422Massive Data Management4
ENGR 400Appl Business Tech for Engr3
or ENT 400 Entrepreneurial Thinking&Behav
HHS 470Information Science and Ethics3
STAT 305Introduction to Data Science for All3
STAT 325Applied Statistics I4
or IMSE 317 Eng Probability and Statistics
STAT 430Applied Regression Analysis3
CIS 4971Cap Sem for Data Sci I2
CIS 4972Cap Proj for Data Sci II2
Data Science Applications18
Students should complete 18 credit hours in one of the following analytics areas listed below. Application area courses must be approved in advance by Department Chair.
Applied Social and Behavioral Science Analytics
Take 18 credits from any of the following: Anthropology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Students must meet the prerequisites for each course. These 18 credits must be from the same subject area.
Business Analytics
Take DS 310 (3) Data Mining for Business Intelligence, plus 15 credit hours in one of the following: Accounting, Finance, Information System Management, Marketing, Operation Management. Students must meet the prerequisites for each course. These 15 credits must be from the same subject area.
Computational Analytics
Take an additional 18 credit hours from courses focusing on Applied Statistics, Mathematics or from CECS. The proposed coursework must be approved by a faculty advisor in the Department of Mathematics or CECS, respectively, prior to enrollment in the course.
Health and Medicine Analytics
Take an additional 18 credit hours from courses focusing on health and medicine. The proposed coursework must be approved by a faculty advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services prior to enrollment in the course.
Data Science Electives3-4
Choose 3-4 credits from list below
Discrete Structures II
Introduction to Natural Language Processing
Introduction to Quantum Computing
Dec Support and Exp Systems
Information Systems
Text Mining and Information Retrieval
Wireless & Mobi Comp Security
Intro to Software Security
Intro to Artificial Intel
Computational Learning
Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence
Deep Learning
Edge Computing
Data Security and Privacy
Introduction to Simulation
Digi Content Protec
Cloud Computing
Introduction to Machine Learning
Experiential Honors Prof. Prac
Exper Honors Directed Research
Exper Hnrs Dir Dsgn
Intro to Operations Research
Eng Economy and Dec Anlys
Applied stat models in engin
Simulation in Systems Design
Prod, Inven Control & Lean Mfg
Stochastic Processes
Statistical Inference
Mathematics of Finance
Mathematical Modeling
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Matrix Computation
Statistical Computing
Machine Learning and Computational Statistics
Design and Analysis of Experiments
Multivariate Stat Analysis
Time Series Analysis
General Electives
Any 100 to 400 level course, (that is, courses not on the No Credit list, which is found at the end of the CECS Student Handbook), as needed to get a minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Learning Goals

  1. Students will be able to manage large-scale, complex data.
  2. Students will be able to recognize and evaluate the opportunities, needs, and limitations of data.
  3. Students will be able to formulate and design data analytic solutions.
  4. Students will be able to interpret data analytics and communicate the implications to stakeholders.