Data Science

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Data Science (Non-Thesis)
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Statistical Learning
  • Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Earth Resources
  • Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Analytics
  • Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science - Foundations
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science - Computer Science

Program Description

The Master of Data Science (Non-Thesis) program is designed to give candidates a foundation in statistics and computer science and also provide knowledge in a particular application domain of science or engineering. The balance between these three elements is a strength of the program and can prepare candidates for Data Science careers in industry, government, or for further study at the PhD level. Throughout is an emphasis on working in teams, creative problem solving, and professional development.

The certificates are designed for college graduates and professionals interested in the emerging field of Data Science.

Professors

Douglas Nychka, Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Paul Sava, Geophysics

Associate professors

Soutir Bandyopadhyay, Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Dorit Hammerling, Applied Mathematics & Statistics

Michael Wakin, Electrical Engineering

Hua Wang, Computer Science

Teaching Associate Professor

Wendy Fisher, Computer Science

Program Requirements

Master of Data Science (Non-Thesis) 

The field of Data Science draws on elements of computer science, statistics and interdisciplinary applications to address the unique needs of gaining knowledge and insight through data analysis. This masters non-thesis program is designed to give candidates a foundation in statistics and computer science and also provide knowledge in a particular application domain of science or engineering. The balance between these three elements is a strength of the program and can prepare candidates for Data Science careers in industry, government, or for further study at the PhD level. Moreover, the coursework will be flexible and tailored to each candidate. For example, the program will allow a candidate to increase his/her skills in data analytics while developing a focused area of application or alternatively allow a candidate with depth in an area of application to gain skills in statistics and computer science.

This program will follow a 3 X 3 + 1 design: three modules and a mini-module.

Modules (Each consisting of three 3 credit courses)

  • Data Modeling and Statistical Learning
    • MATH530: Statistical Methods
    • MATH560: Statistical Learning I
    • MATH561: Statistical Learning II
  • Machine Learning, Data Processing and Algorithms, and Parallel Computation
    • CSCI303: Introduction to Data Science
    • CSCI470: Introduction to Machine Learning
    • CSCI575: Machine Learning  OR  CSCI563: Parallel Computing for Scientists and Engineers
  • Individualized and Domain Specific Coursework
    • Example Modules:

      Electrical Engineering: EENG411 (Digital Signal Processing); EENG509 (Sparse Signal Processing); EENG511 (Convex Optimization and its Engineering Applications); EENG515 (Mathematical Methods for Signals and Systems); and/or EEGN519 (Estimation Theory and Kalman Filtering)

      Geophysics: GPGN533 (Geophysical Data Integration & Geostatistics); GPGN570 (Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing); and/or GPGN605 (Inversion Theory)

Mini-module (Comprising three 1 credit courses)

  • Professional Development
    • SYGN502:   Introduction to Research Ethics
    • SYGN5XX:  Leadership and Teamwork
    • LICM501:    Professional Oral Communication
First Year
Fallleclabsem.hrs
CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE  3.0
CSCI470INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING   3.0
MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I  3.0
ELECT Elective Approved by Program  3.0
12.0
Springleclabsem.hrs
CSCI575MACHINE LEARNING  3.0
MATH560INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS I  3.0
ELECT Elective Approved by Program  3.0
LICM501PROFESSIONAL ORAL COMMUNICATION  1.0
10.0
Second Year
Fallleclabsem.hrs
MATH561INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS II  3.0
ELECT Elective Approved by Program  3.0
SYGN502INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH ETHICS  1.0
SYGN5XX LEADERSHIP AND TEAMWORK  1.0
8.0
Total Semester Hrs: 30.0

**Electives for the third module can be designed by the student but the plan needs to be approved by the program curriculum committee.  Although this individualized module can draw on graduate courses from across the university, two specific examples from engineering and geophysics are given below:

Electrical Engineering Module: EENG411 (Digital Signal Processing); EENG509 (Sparse Signal Processing); EENG511 (Convex Optimization and its Engineering Applications); EENG515 (Mathematical Methods for Signals and Systems); and/or EEGN519 (Estimation Theory and Kalman Filtering)

Geophysics Module: GPGN533 (Geophysical Data Integration & Geostatistics); GPGN570 (Applications of Satellite Remote Sensing); and/or GPGN605 (Inversion Theory)

Mines Combined Undergraduate / Graduate Degree Program 

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program allows students to work on a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science simultaneously. The MSDS requires 30 credit hours of coursework at the graduate level. Students enrolled within the combined program may choose up to six credits of coursework at the 400 or 500 level to "double-count"; that is, apply towards both their Bachelor of Science degree requirements and their Master of Science degree requirements. Courses that will be double counted need to be preapproved by the Director of Data Science or their graduate advisor, and must be successfully completed with a grade of a B or better. 

Program Requirements

Certificate Programs in Data Science

There are five Certificates in Data Science.  Applicants for each are required to have an undergraduate degree to be admitted into the Certificate programs. Course prerequisites, if any, are noted for each Certificate program.

Students working toward one of the Data Science Certificates are required to successfully complete 12 credit hours, as detailed below for each Certificate.The courses taken for the Certificates can be used towards a Master’s or PhD degree at Mines, however courses used for one Data Science Certificate cannot also be counted toward another Data Science Certificate. 

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science - Foundations (12 credit hours) 

The Data Science - Foundations Post Baccalaureate Certificate is an online or residential program focusing on the foundational concepts in statistics and computer science that support the explosion of new methods for interpreting data in its many forms. The Certificate balances an introduction to data science with teaching basic skills in applying methods in statistics and machine learning to analyze data.  Students will gain a perspective on the kinds of problems that can be solved by data intensive methods and will also acquire new analysis skills outside of the certificate. Moreover, the coursework will cover a broad range of applications, making it relevant for varied scientific and engineering domains. 

Applicants must have completed the following courses, or their equivalents, with a B- or better:  CSCI261 and CSCI262 Data Structures, MATH332 Linear Algebra and MATH334 Introduction to Probability.

DSCI403/CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
DSCI/CSCI470INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING3.0
DSCI/MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I3.0
DSCI/MATH560INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS I3.0

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Data Science - Computer Science (12 credit hours) 

The Data Science - Computer Science Post Baccalaureate Certificate is an online or residential program focusing on data science concepts within computer science (e.g., computational techniques and machine learning) plus prerequisite knowledge (e.g., probability and regression). The aim of this new certificate is to help students develop an essential skill set in data analytics, including (1) deriving predictive insights by applying advanced statistics, modeling, and programming skills, (2) acquiring in-depth knowledge of machine learning and computational techniques, and (3) unearthing important questions and intelligence for a range of industries, from product design to finance.

Applicants must have completed the following courses, or their equivalents, with a B- or better:  CSCI261 and CSCI262 Data Structures, MATH213 Calculus III and MATH332 Linear Algebra.  MATH530 Statistical Methods I, will serve as the MATH201 Probability and Statistics prerequisite for the two machine learning courses of the certificate (CSCI470/DSCI470 Introduction to Machine Learning and CSCI575/DSCI575 Machine Learning).

DSCI403/CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
DSCI/MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I3.0
DSCI/CSCI470INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING3.0
DSCI/CSCI575MACHINE LEARNING3.0

Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Statistical Learning (12 credit hours)

The Data Science - Statistical Learning Graduate Certificate is an online or residential program focusing on statistical methods for interpreting complex data sets and quantifying the uncertainty in a data analysis.  The Certificate also includes gaining new skills in computer science but is grounded in statistical models for data, also termed statistical learning, rather than algorithmic approaches.  Students will develop an essential skill set in statistical methods most commonly used in data science along with the understanding of the methods' strengths and weaknesses.  Moreover, the coursework will cover a broad range of applications making it relevant for varied scientific and engineering domains. 

Applicants must have completed the following courses, or their equivalents, with a B- or better:  CSCI261 and CSCI262 Data Structures, MATH332 Linear Algebra and MATH334 Introduction to Probability.

DSCI403/CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
DSCI/MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I3.0
DSCI/MATH560INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS I3.0
DSCI/MATH561INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS II3.0

Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Earth Resources (12 credit hours) 

The Graduate Certificate in Data Science - Earth Resources is an online program building on the foundational concepts in data science as it pertains to managing surface and subsurface Earth resources and on specific applications (use cases) from the petroleum and minerals industries as well as water resource monitoring and remote sensing of Earth change. The  Certificate includes one core introductory Data Science course, two courses specific to Earth resources and one elective.

DSCI403/CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
GEOL557EARTH RESOURCE DATA SCIENCE 1: FUNDAMENTALS3.0
GEOL558 EARTH RESOURCE DATA SCIENCE 2: APPLICATIONS AND MACHINE-LEARNING3.0
ELECTIVE (1) ELECTIVE FROM LIST BELOW3.0


Graduate​ Certificate in Data Science - Earth Resources Electives (select ONE (1) from the list below):

Geospatial Focus:
GEGN575APPLICATIONS OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
GEGN579PYTHON SCRIPTING FOR GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS3.0
Petroleum Focus:
GPGN519ADVANCED FORMATION EVALUATION3.0
GPGN547PHYSICS, MECHANICS, AND PETROPHYSICS OF ROCKS3.0
GPGN558SEISMIC DATA INTERPRETATION AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS3.0
GPGN651ADVANCED SEISMOLOGY3.0
PEGN522ADVANCED WELL STIMULATION3.0
PEGN551PETROLEUM DATA ANALYTICS - FUNDAMENTALS3.0
Mining Focus:
MNGN548INTEGRATED INFORMATION AND MINE SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT3.0
Hydrology Focus:
CEEN581WATERSHED SYSTEMS MODELING3.0
Additional Options:
DSCI/MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I3.0
EBGN525BUSINESS ANALYTICS3.0


Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Analytics (12 credit hours) 

The Graduate Certificate in Petroleum Data Analytics is an online program building on the foundational concepts in statistics and focusing on the data foundation of the oil and gas industry, the challenges of Big Data to oilfield operations and on specific applications (use cases) for petroleum analytics. The Certificate includes two core introductory Data Science courses and two course specific to petroleum engineering. 

DSCI/MATH530STATISTICAL METHODS I3.0
DSCI403/CSCI303INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE3.0
PEGN551PETROLEUM DATA ANALYTICS - FUNDAMENTALS3.0
PEGN552PETROLEUM DATA ANALYTICS - APPLICATIONS3.0

Program Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The certificate is an online or residential program.  The requirements are to complete the following three courses:

EBGN525BUSINESS ANALYTICS3.0
EBGN560DECISION ANALYTICS3.0
EBGN571MARKETING ANALYTICS3.0

Course substitutions can be approved on a case-by-case basis by the certificate directors.  Completing the certificate will also position students to complete either the MS ETM degree or MS in Data Science degree as all the certificate courses can be applied to either degree.

Courses

DSCI403. INTRODUCTION TO DATA SCIENCE. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

This course will teach students the core skills needed for gathering, cleaning, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing data. Students will learn basic SQL for working with databases, basic Python programming for data manipulation, and the use and application of statistical and machine learning toolkits for data analysis. The course will be primarily focused on applications, with an emphasis on working with real (non-synthetic) datasets. Prerequisite: CSCI101 or CSCI261.

DSCI470. INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

The goal of machine learning is to build computer systems that improve automatically with experience, which has been successfully applied to a variety of application areas, including, for example, gene discovery, financial forecasting, and credit card fraud detection. This introductory course will study both the theoretical properties of machine learning algorithms and their practical applications. Students will have an opportunity to experiment with machine learning techniques and apply them to a selected problem in the context of term projects. Prerequisite: MATH201, MATH332.

DSCI530. STATISTICAL METHODS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

Introduction to probability, random variables, and discrete and continuous probability models. Elementary simulation. Data summarization and analysis. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for means and variances. Chi square tests. Distribution-free techniques and regression analysis. Prerequisite: MATH213 or equivalent.

DSCI560. INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS I. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

Part one of a two-course series introducing statistical learning methods with a focus on conceptual understanding and practical applications. Methods covered will include Introduction to Statistical Learning, Linear Regression, Classification, Resampling Methods, Basis Expansions, Regularization, Model Assessment and Selection.

DSCI561. INTRODUCTION TO KEY STATISTICAL LEARNING METHODS II. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

Part two of a two course series introducing statistical learning methods with a focus on conceptual understanding and practical applications. Methods covered will include Non-linear Models, Tree-based Methods, Support Vector Machines, Neural Networks, Unsupervised Learning.

DSCI575. MACHINE LEARNING. 3.0 Semester Hrs.

The goal of machine learning research is to build computer systems that learn from experience and that adapt to their environments. Machine learning systems do not have to be programmed by humans to solve a problem; instead, they essentially program themselves based on examples of how they should behave, or based on trial and error experience trying to solve the problem. This course will focus on the methods that have proven valuable and successful in practical applications. The course will also contrast the various methods, with the aim of explaining the situations in which each is most appropriate. Prerequisite: CSCI262, MATH201, MATH332.