A data analytics minor prepares students with a strong knowledge base as well as experience that is relevant for today’s data-driven world. There are opportunities to apply data analytics in a wide range of disciplines, including biology, business, economics, environmental science, history, languages and political science. For example, students apply their skills to the marketing program of a local grocery store chain, deliberations of the Supreme Court, medical claims handling and tax collection in the city of Schenectady.
The minor offers specialized courses such as CSC 233: Data Analytics; CSC 234: Data Visualization; and CSC 321: Data Mining and Machine Learning. It also offers courses that apply data in specific contexts: BIO 243: Bioinformatics; BIO 324: Plant Ecology; ENS 215 Exploring Environmental Data; ENS 214: Geographic Information Systems; and ECO 364: Business Analytics.