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Kevin J. Hastings
Rothwell Stephens Distinguished Professor and Chair of Mathematics; Chair of Data Science
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
The students in the data science major program can start with zero background in the field of study. Every introductory course is just that—an introduction to the study of data science and the background that it relies upon. Students that are attracted to the program are largely quantitative, want to learn about programming, enjoy the use of machines to solve large problems, love to work with and organize data (both numerical and non numerical), and cope well with technicality.
Our data science program does not require any additional costs. Students will primarily use two different computer programs. These two programs are what is used by professional data scientists, and students may download open source, fully functional versions to use on their own machines. So they will be able to walk away not only with knowledge and skill, but with two tools that are used professionally in the industry.
Data Science majors will be able to: