Data Science - Computer BAS Specialization
Are you interested in a rewarding career in data science?
Eastern Florida State College's Data Science BAS Track might be for you! This specialization is designed to prepare you for mid-level positions in this rapidly expanding field.
Data science is known as a high-growth career field due to the increasing reliance on experts who can analyze and derive insights from large sets of data, commonly referred to as Big Data.
These professionals play a crucial role in developing data-driven solutions that benefit businesses, industries, and government organizations.
This comprehensive program equips you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a successful career in data science and is one of the five available specializations under Eastern Florida's Computer Information Systems Technology Bachelor of Applied Science degree. You can only earn the degree once and must choose one specialization.
Upon completion of the program, you'll have the opportunity to pursue various career paths, including applied data scientist, data analyst, big data analytics engineer, logistics management analyst, resource planning analyst, and machine learning quantitative engineer.
These positions offer exciting prospects in the data-driven world, where you can make a significant impact with your analytical skills and problem-solving abilities.
Data Science - Computer BAS Specialization
- Degree Type
- Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)
- Delivery Method
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Contact Information
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Data Science BAS Track - Course Curriculum
In the Data Science BAS Specialization, you'll gain a solid understanding of data science essentials, as well as learn about the importance of data security.
This BAS track offers flexibility as you manage school and life commitments, with the freedom to choose between in-person classes on the Melbourne Campus and hybrid courses that blend online and face-to-face learning.
In order to begin upper-level courses, students will need to earn a grade of "C" or higher in these two courses: COP 2334: Introduction to C++ Programming and STA 2023: Statistics. If you haven't taken these courses before entering the program, an EFSC advisor can help with course planning.
Data Science BAS Track - Admissions Information
To enroll in the Data Science Specialization, you'll need to follow EFSC's standard admissions process for a bachelor's degree. This includes meeting enrollment requirements and keeping track of application deadlines.
The program accepts students for the Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms, starting in August, January, and May respectively. You have the opportunity to join the program during any of these terms.
If you're considering the Data Science BAS Specialization, it's essential to have completed an Associate in Science (A.S.) or an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college. Please note that an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria. If you hold an AAS degree and wish to transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science program, we recommend consulting with a bachelor advisor.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
The estimated cost for the program, including tuition and fees, is approximately $7,200 for in-state students. Keep in mind that this doesn't cover additional expenses like course materials or lab fees.
Because you enter with an associate degree, you've already fulfilled 60 credit-hours. This means you only need to complete the remaining 60 credit-hours, with about 39 of those credits being upper-level courses on the tuition fee schedule.
We strongly advise applying for financial aid, such as Titan Scholarships provided by the EFSC Foundation, and exploring community-based external scholarships. These opportunities can assist you in managing the cost of your education and making it more affordable.
Unlock Affordable Education With EFSC's $10,000 Bachelor Degree Program
If you're interested in this BAS specialization, it's eligible for EFSC's $10,000 Bachelor Degree Program. This program is specifically designed to assist you in managing your expenses throughout four years of study. To qualify, you'll need to plan on earning an associate degree at EFSC and then pursue one of the Computer Information Systems Technology BAS degree tracks. Talk with an advisor before starting your associate degree.
College Courses You Would Take
The Computer Information Systems Technology degree program encompasses shared courses for all five specializations, alongside specialized mandatory and optional classes for those pursuing the Data Science Track. Be aware that spots for bachelor classes tend to fill up rapidly. Therefore, upon acceptance, we advise registering for courses in a timely manner to secure desired classes and preferred delivery methods.
Here are a few of the courses you'll take in this program:
Introduces automatic knowledge exploration and discovery from data. Covers data transformations, classification, regression, rule induction, clustering, and graphical models.
Reviews data structures and algorithms. Covers basics, complexity analysis, sorting, hash tables, trees, graphs, recursion, dynamic programming, and NP-completeness.
This intermediate to advanced statistics course covers nonparametic tests, multivariate statistics, permutation tests, and database techniques.
Explores using Hadoop for big data storage, retrieval, and analysis. Topics: Hadoop overview, cluster planning, installation, HDFS, MapReduce, job management, and cluster administration.
Why Earn Your Computer Information Systems Technology Degree at EFSC?
Embrace Practical Learning With an Internship
During your last semester, you'll have the opportunity to engage in a supervised internship, gaining valuable work experience in an approved training setting. This will enable you to cultivate the necessary skills and mindset for a successful career in the data management science industry. You can also expand your professional network and connect with like-minded individuals in the field.
Hands-On computer lab settingsEastern Florida State College maintains computer labs where you can practice what you're learning. The Palm Bay Campus is also home to the state-of-the-art Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics Center, providing you with a cutting-edge learning environment equipped with advanced technology and resources.
Related Computer and Tech Programs
Explore the remaining four specializations within the Computer Information Systems Technology BAS program before finalizing your choice! Also check out associate degree programs that can prepare you for a smooth transition into this bachelor-level program.