BSc Math with Data Analytics Option
The rise of data science, including big data and data analytics, has recently attracted enormous attention in the popular press for its spectacular contributions in a wide range of scholarly disciplines and commercial endeavours. With today's computing capabilities and the ubiquitous nature of the internet, more data is being generated than ever before, at a faster rate, and this data provides a wealth of information for businesses and for researchers. Frequently, however, there is simply too much information for many traditional methods to be able to cope with, and professionals working in the field of Data Science must use a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science to analyze the data, pull out the important trends and patterns, and then convert this information into a useable form.
As a field, Data Science seeks to structure diverse and massive datasets, and use sophisticated models to extract information and transform it into actionable policies, discoveries and decisions. Framing questions statistically is a central part of modelling, allowing us to leverage data resources to extract knowledge and obtain better answers. The fundamental statistical idea of randomness in data enables researchers to formulate questions in terms of underlying processes and to quantify uncertainty in their answers. A statistical framework allows researchers to distinguish between causation and correlation and thus to identify interventions that will cause changes in outcomes. It also allows them to establish methods for prediction and estimation, to quantify their degree of certainty, and to do all of this using algorithms that exhibit predictable and reproducible behaviour.
Acadia's Mathematics & Statistics Data Analytics Option is designed with this in mind: to provide students with a stream of courses introducing them to the most important relevant Mathematics and Statistics concepts, as well as providing a fundamental background in the related fields of Computer Science, Business, and Economics.
DATA ANALYTICS OPTION COURSES:
In addition to required 1000- and 2000-level Math courses:
Math 3233 Regression
Math 3283 Time Series
Math 3293 Statistical Learning
Math 3603 Operations Research 1
Math 3633 Operations Research 2
Math 3713 Ordinary Differential Equations
Math 4213 Mathematical Statistics
Math 4223 Generalized Linear Models
Math 4233 Statistical Consulting
Comp 1113 Computer Programming 1
Comp 1123 Computer Programming 2
Econ 1013 Microeconomic Principles
Econ 1023 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Busi 1013 Financial Accounting 1
Busi 2013 Management Accounting
Busi 2513 Operations Management
Busi 3603 Management Science
Students considering this area as a career field may elect to take further courses in these other disciplines, in order to either increase their background on the technical side (computer science) or enhance their understanding of the business and economics applications of these methods. Examples of further courses include Comp 2113 (Data Structures and Algorithms), Comp 3753 (Data Base Management Systems), Comp 3503 (Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining), Busi 3813 (Management Science 2), and Busi 4433 (Digital Marketing).