From understanding historical maps to decoding genomic sequences, data science underlies most disciplines. The dynamic mindset and analytical skills that data science requires are invaluable to growing industry sectors like finance, information technology, manufacturing and technical services.

Program Overview

Analyze issues and solve complex problems.

Data science is a rapidly growing field that provides new ways of understanding anything that can be captured in digital form. Data scientists use computer science, statistics, mathematics and creative design to analyze data sets in search of solutions for complex problems. Compared to data analytics, data science is a broader field that focuses on asking questions, writing algorithms and building statistical models. The Data Science emphasis at Western Colorado University is built on a foundation of computer science, programming, database management, web development and software engineering. You can supplement your core curriculum with advanced computer science and math courses in Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, Calculus and Statistics.

The Data Science minor begins with core Computer Science I and II courses and then opens up to a selection of upper-division computer science electives. While you are required to take 12 elective credits, you can customize your selection depending on your specific interests. This track has a lower math requirement and is ideal if you wish to add technical data science skills to a major in another discipline.

A passion for numbers

From radical equations and batting averages to census data and algorithms, Data Science students are fascinated by numbers in all their complexity—and simplicity.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 View
CS 220 Data Analytics 3 View
CS 303 Machine Learning 3 View
CS 317 Genome Analysis (with laboratory) 3 View
CS 365 Big Data Analytics 3 View
CS 440 Distributed Computing for Machine Learning and Data Analysis 3 View
MATH 151 Calculus I (GT-MA1) 4 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.

Scholarships

Eligibility

  • Students majoring in Computer Information Science
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits

Description

This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.

Amount: $500

Selected by: Math and Computer Science Scholarship Committee

Application:

Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.

970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get Involved

Expand your network and apply your knowledge.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

  • Independent Projects: Students have worked on projects such as facial recognition software, a gesture-controlled quadcopter, machine learning, Android apps, an online guided tour, commercial websites and self-guiding vehicles.
  • Information Technology Services: Many computer science students work for the Western IT Department, keeping student and university computers and networks running smoothly.
  • Internships: Students have gotten internships with Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Raytheon, Dell, Northrop Grumman and other companies large and small. Computer Science internships pay well and very often lead directly to a permanent job.

Prepared for the workforce

The Data Science emphasis at Western is built on a foundation of computer science, programming, database management, web development and software engineering.

Department Chair

Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Contact Information

970.943.2119

admissions@western.edu

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230