Bachelor of Science

DATA SCIENCE

Translate Data into Action

The B.S. in Data Science combines applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, optimization, data mining and machine learning to give you a broad and much desired skill set. From tracking patterns in drug discovery, or changes in ocean temperatures and deforestation, to understanding the habits of Netflix users and predicting stock market fluctuations, Data Scientists inform product design, government policy, and business strategy, turning data into actionable insights.

Program Highlights

Data science draws from math, engineering, business, and computer science to extract knowledge and insights from data, structured and unstructured. The B.S. in Data Science curriculum will teach you computational and analytic approaches to mastering complex data structures. You will gain hands-on experience with tools such as Excel, Python, R, SQL Databases, and Tableau, and be prepared for emerging careers in Data Science and future advanced study.

Concentrations

Big Data Analytics

Students in BDA learn to collect, manage and optimize large-scale structured and unstructured data sets to facilitate information and decision-making. Students in BDA develop a strong foundation in essential programming skills, quantitative analysis, and hardware and software solutions for facilitating effective use of big data.

Health Informatics

Health Informatics concerns the storage, retrieval, use and delivery of health-related data and information across networks of patients and providers. Whether in support of emergency room optimization, patient health-care affordability, or study and prevention of global pandemics, the practice of health informatics is essential to achieving solutions, better delivery and greater knowledge for the benefit of humankind.

Intelligent Mobility

Intelligent Mobility uses data and technology to connect people, places, and goods across all transportation modes. Growth in intelligent mobility will transform the way people travel, interact with their environment, and connect goods and services.

Quantitative Economics and Econometrics

Quantitative Economics/Econometrics uses mathematical and statistical methods to develop techniques for measuring a range of systems, including financial, government, social, legal, medical, and so on. Students with a quantitative economics and econometrics background learn to assess and measure trends to understand complex phenomena and to improve long-term positioning.

Capstone: Where it Comes Together

Each Florida Poly senior joins a Capstone Design team of (three to five students) of a single discipline (mechanical engineering) or mixed disciplines (engineering, computer science, data science, etc.) to complete a year-long, industry sponsored project. Capstone culminates with a year-end gathering of sponsors and project teams, and the presentation of final ‘beta’ level prototypes. Past Capstone Design projects have led to job offers from sponsoring companies.

Get Involved

Florida Polytechnic invites you to develop both people and technology skills through a variety of undergraduate research opportunities and student organizations: professional clubs (Data Analytics and Data Science Club (DADS) Club); academic clubs (Purple Fire Robotics. Math Club, Modeling, and Simulation Club); and social groups (Latin American Student Association, NerfTech).

Award-Winning Robotics

Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club (45 members strong) took home the Judges Award at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship and will next compete in the 2019 SoutheastCon “First 50…Next 50” Hardware Competition in Huntsville, Alabama.

Job Outlook

The US Department of Labor anticipates that employment in the field of mathematical science occupations will grow 27.9% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in about 50,400 new jobs.

Real Big Data

The research group International Data Corporation estimates that last year, over 2 zettabytes of data was created. This number is projected to grow by twenty-fold by the year 2020 to 40 zettabytes or an equivalent of 5000GB for every man, woman and child on earth.

Cloud Keeps Growing

The Global Datasphere describes three loci where data is created, captured, or replicated: traditional and cloud datacenters, cell towers and branch offices, and endpoints (PCs, smart phones, and IoT devices). IDC predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025, with 49 percent of the world’s stored data will reside in public cloud environments. 

Know the Facts

$121,000

is the 2018 median salary for Data Scientists according to Glassdoor.com
Best Job in America

data scientist careers have been ranked as the "Best Job in America" for three years in a row, 2016, 2017, and 2018
Harvard Business Review

the role of Data Scientist has been described as "The Sexiest Job" of the 21st century by Harvard Business Review
Rapid Growth in Demand

McKinsey & Co has estimated rapid growth in demand for and a sever shortage of professions with the needed data science skills
Transform the Industry

Harness cutting-edge analytics, learning and artificial intelligence technologies to help transform industry

Faculty

Meet Reinaldo Sanchez-Arias

Assistant Professor

Applies pattern recognition, computational linear algebra and optimization, data analysis, and operations research insights to improve a range of data mining problems in science and engineering. Part of his latest research efforts has been focused on the design of fast algorithms for sparse representation problems.

Meet Susan LeFrancois

Assistant Professor

Knows biology, pharmacology and data. She’s done extensive research into Alzheimer's drug candidates, their molecular properties, and interactions with brain.

Meet Sravani Vadlamani

Assistant Professor

Believes that incremental improvements to personal and commercial transportation systems can add up to a smarter, healthier planet. Dr. Vadlamani applied her GIS and data analytical skills to study emission reduction strategies (information technology, inspection processes and physical infrastructure improvements, fuel switching) among light-duty and heavy-duty vehicle emissions at the Mariposa ports of entry in Nogales, Arizona.

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