Integrative Data Science (B.A., B.S.)

The Integrative Data Science major is a technology-oriented liberal arts major that brings together twenty-first century skills in computer programming, quantitative reasoning, collaboration, communication, design, and creative thinking. Students who pursue this major will develop the skills to collaborate with and lead interdisciplinary teams in many industries. By taking courses and pursuing internships in a range of disciplines, students will acquire flexible and integrative problem-solving skills for a rapidly-changing professional environment.

Integrative Data Science Major (B.A. or B.S.**, 42-43 hours)
Programming and Quantitative Research 21 hours
CMPSC 1000 Introduction to Computational Problem Solving 3 hours
CMPSC 1500 Program Design 4 hours
MATH 1300 Statistics 3 hours
CMPSC 2000 Data Structures 4 hours
CMPSC-3XXX Data Visualization (course TBD) 4 hours
BUSAD 3300 Quantitative Methods 3 hours
Visual Communication 6 hours
ART 1050 Basic Design 3 hours
ART 1200 Introduction to Graphic and Web Design 3 hours
Professional Communication and Leadership 7 hours
BUSAD 2500 Principles of Management or LEAD 3100 Introduction to Leadership 3 hours
COMM 4100 Communication in the Professions or ENG 3150 Professional and Community Writing 4 hours
Research or Disciplinary Practice 3-4 hours

Select one of the following course/course groups:

3-4 hours
Experiential Learning Capstone 5 hours
CMPSC 3960 Special Projects or CMPSC 3970 Internship 2 hours
CMPSC 4970 Internship 3 hours
Required Supporting Program 20 hours

In addition to the major requirements listed above, students must also complete a minor or major (hereinafter referred to as a "supporting program") in another discipline. The supporting program serves as a context in which students can exercise the skills developed in the core of the major. Students with a supporting program in a natural, health, or social science will earn a B.S. in Integrative Data Science. Students with a supporting program in an arts or humanities discipline will earn a B.A. in Integrative Data Science. (Students may not choose Computer Science as their supporting program.) The Program Director will approve the student's major or minor choice for the supporting program.

 

 

**An Integrative Data Science major may earn either a B.A. or B.S. degree. The Program Director will help the student determine which degree is appropriate based on the student's supporting program. 

ART 1050 Basic Design (3 hours)

This course gives students a working comprehension of the elements and principles of design in a variety of media.  Students are expected to develop a strong studio work ethic, increase creative problem-solving capabilities, and discover ways to communicate ideas visually.  Students learn through making, self-reflection, and critique to develop a verbal/visual vocabulary that forms the foundation for the future study of art.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
ART 1200 Introduction to Graphic and Web Design (3 hours)

An introductory studio art class focusing on the creative, expressive potential of digital media with an emphasis on building a formal foundation utilizing image processing software, HTML and CSS. Projects begin by critically engaging with local visual culture. Discussions will be held on current issues surrounding digital media and field trips to local design hubs will supplement the classroom activities. Students will improve their visual literacy while becoming proficient in using a variety of tools, processes and design elements to create work with real-world applications. Students will participate directly in the campus and wider community by collaborating with university and local organizations to develop these projects that will be utilized in the community.

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Creative and Performing Arts
BUSAD 2500 Principles of Management (3 hours)

An introduction to management theory and practice. Students explore the history of management and the environment in which managers operate. Classroom discussion focuses on the basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Power Thread
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
BUSAD 3100 Managing Information Systems (3 hours)

This course will provide an introduction and overview to the managing of information systems (MIS) in today's organizations. The focus is on the use of strategic information systems related to decision making processes and activities in the functional areas of organizations such as operations, management, and marketing.
Prerequisite(s): BUSAD 2500 Principles of Management or permission of the instructor.

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Innovation Thread
BUSAD 3300 Quantitative Methods (3 hours)

This course will review modern quantitative methods used in decision making. The intent is to expose the student to various modeling techniques and to apply these techniques using Excel. Topics include productivity and capacity analysis, forecasting, regression analysis, linear programming, PERT/CPM, and statistical process control. Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in Business Administration 2100 and Mathematics 1100 or higher. (Normally offered each semester.)

CMPSC 1000 Introduction to Computational Problem Solving (3 hours)

An introduction to computational problem-solving using a programming language. Students learn the syntax and semantics of a language and apply these to the solution of mathematical problems. Students review mathematical concepts and use them as the basis of algorithmic solution during a hands-on lab. The course is recommended for all who wish to explore computer science.
Prerequisite(s): Math ACT score of at least 21 or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
CMPSC 1500 Program Design (4 hours)

A disciplined approach to the development of programs to solve problems on a computer. Topics include data types, control structures, abstraction, and software development. A lab component introduces a high-level programming language and software tools.
Corequisite(s): CMPSC 1000 Introduction to Computational Problem Solving or permission of the instructor.
(Normally offered each spring semester.)

CMPSC 2000 Data Structures (4 hours)

A natural continuation of CMPSC 1500 Program Design concentrating on the motivation, design, implementation, and utilization of abstract data types. Topics include linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, and recursion. A lab component is incorporated.
Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in CMPSC 1500 Program Design.
(Normally offered alternate spring semesters.)

CMPSC 3960 Special Projects (1-15 hours)

Supervised individual projects for students on topics selected by the student in consultation with the instructor. Special Projects may not duplicate courses described in the catalog.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

CMPSC 3970 Internship (1-8 hours)

On-the-job training in computer science in situations that satisfy the mutual interests of the student, the supervisor, and the instructor. The student will arrange for the position in accordance with the guidelines established by the department.
Pass/Fail only.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor and approval of the department chair.

CMPSC 4970 Internship (1-8 hours)

On-the-job training in computer science in situations that satisfy the mutual interests of the student, the supervisor, and the instructor. The student will arrange for the position in accordance with the guidelines established by the department.
Pass/Fail only.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor and approval of the department chair.

COMM 4100 Communication in the Professions (4 hours)

Students will create and deliver presentations for a variety of communication contexts and audiences. Skills in interviewing and group problem solving will be also be developed.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and instructor permission.
(Normally offered each semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
ENG 3150 Professional and Community Writing (2 or 4 hours)

An advanced writing workshop covering rhetorical principles (invention, arrangement, style, presentation) of various disciplines. Students will complete writing projects related to their professional and civic interests.
Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
(Normally offered alternate fall semesters.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
HHP 4800 Research And Statistical Methods - I (2 hours)

Research and Statistical Methods is designed for senior-level HHP majors to develop an understanding of the research process and the rationales for basic behavioral statistics in the field of exercise science. This class will focus on the creation of a research proposal for exercise science and on developing reading, writing, and practical skills to interpret and conduct research.

Prerequisite(s): HHP 3850 Biomechanics and Kinesiology and HHP 4150 Physiology of Exercise or permission of instructor.

(Normally offered each fall semester)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Writing Instructive
Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Discourse Instructive
HHP 4810 Research And Statistical Methods - II (2 hours)

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the research process and the rationales for basic behavioral statistics. This class will focus on developing skills to conduct a research study, analyze results, and complete the research paper. Students will present their research proposal to recruit subjects, give an informal elevator speech regarding the state of their research project, and at the end of the course, formally present their research study at the NWU Student Symposium.

Prerequisite(s): HHP 4800 Research And Statistical Methods - I or permission of instructor.

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Speaking Instructive
IDS 2020 Design Labs (2, 3, or 4 hours)

Design Labs is an intensive on-campus internship that bridges the humanities and science (technology) by offering real world design and marketing experience that challenges the status quo. Apply at: labs.iondesignco.com.
Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission only.

Archway Curriculum: Essential Connections: Experiential Learning: Intensive
Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: Chaos Thread
LEAD 3100 Introduction to Leadership (3 hours)

This course provides an overview of leadership perspectives, frameworks and theories and also focuses on how communication is the essential tool for engaging in relational leadership processes. In the last 30 years information about leadership has exploded, and this class is designed to help you to be better consumers of information about leadership as well as to have a clearer and more useful repertoire of ideas, and practices to intentionally engage in the leadership process, no matter the role in which that engagement occurs. You will also spend time analyzing your own experiences, beliefs, and assumptions about leading, following and communicating effectively.

Archway Curriculum: Integrative Core: UC Leadership Thread
MATH 1300 Statistics (3 hours)

An introduction to statistics concepts with an emphasis on applications. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
(Normally offered each fall semester.)

Archway Curriculum: Foundational Literacies: Mathematical Problem Solving
POLSC 3010 Research Methods: Qualitative Research (2 hours)

This course teaches the basics of research in political science, including questions of design and measurement. Students will also learn different qualitative research designs such a focus groups, interviews, case studies, and field work.
Corequisite(s): POLSC 2000 Introduction to Statistics and SPSS and POLSC 3020 Research Methods: Quantitative Research.
Prerequisite(s): Political Science major or department chair approval.

POLSC 3020 Research Methods: Quantitative Research (2 hours)

This course introduces quantitative research methodology and ways in which to design and implement quantitative and mixed methods research projects.

Corequisite(s): POLSC 2000 Introduction to Statistics and SPSS and POLSC 3010 Research Methods: Qualitative Research.

Prerequisite(s): POLSC 2300 Introduction To Political Science and declared Political Science major or department chair approval.

PSYCH 2110 Research Methods in Psychology (4 hours)

A course designed to introduce, apply, and evaluate the basic research methods of psychology. Emphasis is placed upon problems of research design and analysis in the laboratory and in natural settings. Students conduct investigations applying various designs and methods building skills in interpreting findings and in written communications.
Three lectures and one lab per week.
Prerequisite(s): PSYCH 1010/PSYCH 1010FYW Introduction to Psychological Science and PSYCH 2100 Psychological Statistics.
(Normally offered each semester.)

SOC 3960 Quantitative Research Methods (4 hours)

In this course, students are introduced to quantitative research methods commonly used in social science research: survey research, experimental design, secondary analysis, and evaluation research.  Emphasis is on survey research, including project design, questionnaire construction, sampling, data collection, statistical analysis, and formal presentation of results.  Key elements of the course are learning to ask researchable questions and formulate testable hypotheses.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology and any Statistics course (SOC 2910 Social Statistics is preferred.)
(Normally offered each fall semester.)