UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences Offers New BS in Data Science Program

Minor in cybersecurity also launched this fall

The University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences is launching a new Bachelor of Science in data science and a new minor in cybersecurity this fall.

Offered through the Department of Mathematics, the new in-demand program will build upon the minor in data science that the University began offering in 2019. The data science program provides rigorous training in computational mathematics, statistical methods, as well as best practices in data visualization.   

To meet the needs of our students, the program offers two tracks: a computer science/mathematics track that emphasizes theoretical coding and mathematical modeling skills, and a business track that focuses on applied analytical skills, enabling students to select the one that best meets their career goals. Students who earn a data science degree start careers as data engineers, data analysts, data architects, or business intelligence specialists to help businesses and organizations make informed decisions to solve complex problems.

A highlight of the data science program is a year-long capstone course where students are placed at an area company or organization where they apply what they learned in the classroom. This course gives them valuable experience in working in teams, performing project planning and scheduling, writing, and making presentations.

The University’s close proximity to a variety of industries and organizations, will provide our students with rich, hands-on learning experiences that will help them stand out from other job applicants after graduation.

Katherine Black, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
The career outlook for data scientists shows that they are in high demand as corporations become more reliant on data to make informed decisions. According to Glassdoor, data scientists are one of the top 10 jobs in the U.S. based on median base salary, the number of active job openings, and employee satisfaction rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS), data science and mathematical science professions are among the fastest growing, with nearly 31 percent growth projected from 2019-29.

This fall the College of Arts and Sciences is also offering a new minor in cybersecurity   that can be combined with existing majors in computer science, computer engineering, computer science and engineering, and multimedia web design and development.

The cybersecurity minor gives students the skills and knowledge to identify different types of threats, attacks, and apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats. 

The importance of cybersecurity is growing as society becomes more reliant on technology and companies are charged with ensuring the security of their hardware, software, data, and networks. According to the BLS, demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high as companies need to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks. Jobs for information security analysts will grow 31 percent between 2019 and 2029.

“We are excited to provide students with the opportunity to gain marketable skills that are increasingly sought-after by employers, said Black. “These new programs of study will prepare our students for success now and in the future.”

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