The University of Arkansas is increasing its offerings in data-centric fields with a new undergraduate program.
Starting in fall 2020, the university will launch its first undergraduate program in data science. Students majoring in the program will work with faculty in the College of Engineering, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
According to university partners, the data science program is critical for fueling future industry growth in Arkansas.
“With zettabytes of data being created every day in the world today, the need to learn from that data — what that data can tell us and how it can shape us has never been more important,” Scott Spradley, chief technology officer for Tyson Foods and a member of the university’s Data Science Advisory Council, said in a statement. “Using that data to identify trends, patterns and clusters as a means for forward-thinking direction and prediction is critical for any business. The University of Arkansas’ decision to evolve a high-performing data science program confirms their commitment to leading our state forward.”
The program will feature a core of introductory courses, and students will choose among 10 concentrations in their junior year. These concentrations include accounting analytics, bioinformatics, biomedical and healthcare informatics, business data analytics, computational analytics, data science analytics, operations analytics, social data analytics and supply chain analytics.
According to the university, this is the first program of its kind in Arkansas and stands out for its focus on interdisciplinary coursework.