Data Science Five-Year Dual Degree Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Program
A five-year dual-degree program is offered in Data Science at Fairfield University's School of Engineering, leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Data Science. This program embraces the educational objectives of the BA in Computer Science program, as well as those of the graduate program in Data Science. It emphasizes experiential learning and innovation. Graduates of the program master the knowledge and tools they need to become data scientists. Data is ubiquitous in the modern world, and data scientists with skills and knowledge to analyze that data are a valuable, sought-after resource.
|All Requirements for BA in Computer Science 1||122|
|MATH 5417||Applied Statistics I||3|
|SWEG 5322||Visual Analytics||3|
|SWEG 6508||Data Warehouse Systems||3|
|SWEG 6518||Data Mining and Business Intelligence||3|
|Complete two courses in one of the following concentration areas: 2||6|
|Healthcare Economics and Marketing|
|Finance and Quality Management in Healthcare Organizations|
|Database Management Systems|
|Computational Statistics for Biomedical Sciences|
|Gender and Mental Health|
|Race, Cities, and Poverty|
|American Class Structure|
|Sociology of Education|
|Select two additional graduate-level electives from the following: 4||6|
Computing Technical Electives
|Advanced Database Concepts|
|Applications and Data Security|
|Applied Statistics II|
|SWEG 6961||Capstone Professional Project I||3|
|SWEG 6962||Capstone Professional Project II||3|
Requirements are the same as those for the BA in Computer Science.
The two graduate concentration courses, to be taken during the final year of undergraduate study, are in addition to the required 122 credits for the BA, and will be applied to the graduate degree.
Electives may be chosen from courses listed, SWEG 5990 Independent Study, or any other graduate-level course from a concentration or another area, under advisement of the academic advisor and department chair.
Note: A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the graduate level.
Changing from Undergraduate to Graduate Status
Students may request a change of status from the undergraduate to the undergraduate/graduate combined plan of study at any point after the following conditions are met, with approval from their academic advisor and the department chair:
- Completed 60+ credits toward the BA in Computer Science.
- Successfully completed 6 courses in Software Engineering or Computer Science with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.
- Have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.
Students will be awarded both the BA in Computer Science, typically at the end of the fourth year, and MS in Data Science, usually by the end of the fifth year, as the requirements of each degree are satisfied.