Lake State offers new degree in data science

SAULT STE. MARIE – On Thursday, Lake Superior State University announced a new addition to its institution: a Bachelor of Science in Data Science.

“This new degree provides a solid core in mathematics, data manipulation, artificial intelligence and algorithms, combined with significant depth in the application areas. Students will acquire the skills that are desperately needed in today’s society, ”said Dr. Christopher Smith, associate professor of computer science, who led the creation of this program, in a press release. “Data runs the world. My colleagues and I have built this program to meet both student interests and global needs.

The program emphasizes the creation, analysis and use of data-driven knowledge to influence the decisions of businesses, communities and decision makers. In this new program, students will choose one or more concentrations for their degree. There are currently seven concentrations: Bioinformatics, Business Analysis, Chemical Informatics, Geosystems Modeling, Health Informatics, Robotics, and Spatial Analysis.

“This program embodies our commitment to social mobility, as data scientists are in high demand and have high entry salaries,” said Dr Lynn Gillette, vice president and vice president of academic affairs, in A press release. “Our faculty has designed a program to meet market needs while building on the existing strengths of multiple disciplines at LSSU.”

Lake State is now accepting applications for new students and transfer students starting in the fall semester 2022.

“Data science is being used globally to tackle some of the biggest problems of modern times,” LSSU President Dr Rodney Hanley said in a press release. “Our faculty and students, applying the student-centered approach that Lake State is known for, will use data tools to drive innovation. “

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