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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Data Science And Applied Statistics (B.S.D.S.A.S.)

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Program: B.S.D.S.A.S.
Department of Mathematical Sciences  
College of Science

260-481-6821 ~ Kettler Hall 200

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Applied Statistics help you prepare for employment in business and industry, or study for advanced degrees.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the DSAS degree should have sufficient preparation to extract meaning from and interpret real world data and to effectively communicate the results.  To achieve the objectives noted above, this program emphasizes:

  • Data preparation and management
  • Programming skills
  • Statistical thinking and learning
  • Model building and assessment
  • The underlying mathematical foundations associated with the areas listed above

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

  • Declare this major within the Department of Mathematical Sciences

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

Data Science and Applied Statistics 4-Yr. Plan:  

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses with at most one passing grade less than 1.50 in courses used to fulfill the major requirements
  • Of the mathematics courses numbered below 26100, only 16500, 16600, and 17500 apply toward a mathematics degree
  • Statistics courses must be numbered 49000 or higher to count
  • New MA courses approved and added to the curriculum in future Catalogs may satisfy Core (major) requirements
  • New STAT courses approved and added to the curriculum in future Catalogs may satisfy Core (major) requirements

To earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science and Applied Statistics, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

Supporting Courses:

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6

  • ENGL 23301 (or a college-approved equivalent: ENGL 20201, HIST 21700, ILCS 30000, POL 20700, or WOST 23000).  This course is in addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100 or equivalent).
  • COM 11400 (or the college-approved equivalent: HIST 12500).

Both courses require a grade of C- or better

Language: Credits 6

Two courses at the first-year level in a single International Language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  

Note:  if you begin these courses at PFW at the second-semester level or higher, you and your advisor are eligible to apply for special course credits after successful completion of the course into which you placed.  Non-native English speaking students and those with other language transfer credits should contact the College’s Student Success Center.

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses

Student Success Seminar: Credit 1

Basic Computing Courses: Credits 9

Statistics and Computer Science Elective Courses: Credits 9

Select three courses from the following list:

Capstone Course: Credits 3

Students should complete a data analysis project.  In addition to emphasizing the application of statistical methods, the course should provide students ample opportunity to collaborate as part of a team and to communicate their findings through written reports and oral presentation.

Science Courses: Credits 11

Choose three science courses under the following subject codes.  Two of the courses chosen must include a lab:

  • ANTH  (Anthropology)   Note: Only ANTH 20001 - Bioanthropology  Cr. 3.
  • ASTR   (Astronomy)
  • BIOL    (Biology)
  • CHM    (Chemistry)   Note: Credit given for CHM 11100 or CHM 11500 but not both
  • GEOG  (Geography)
  • EAPS   (Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences)
  • NUTR  (Nutrition)   Note: Only NUTR 30300 - Essentials of Nutrition  Cr. 3.
  • PHYS  (Physics)

General Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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