Data Science Minor

Department of Statistics and Operations Research

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318 Hanes Hall, CB# 3260

(919) 843-6024

Mariana Olvera-Cravioto, Program Chair

dsminor@unc.edu

Vladas Pipiras, Chair

Serhan Ziya, Director of Undergraduate Studies

ziya@email.unc.edu

Alison Kieber, Administrative Support Associate

kieber@email.unc.edu

Overview 

The data science minor at Carolina is a new multidisciplinary program launched in fall 2021 and offered by the College of Arts & Sciences. The minor has been designed to introduce students from any discipline to data science methods and applications, while simultaneously providing opportunities to explore its complex interactions with modern society. To achieve these goals, the minor is structured to allow students to choose their coursework from many different departments, encouraging them to explore the use of data science within their main field of study. 

To satisfy the core requirements, a student must choose one course from each of the three categories: 

Data and Computational Thinking

This core requirement will provide you with an introduction to the computing tools and coding methods needed to gather, manipulate, visualize, and analyze data. Taught in Python and/or R.

Data and Statistical Thinking

This core requirement will provide you with an introduction to data-driven statistical analysis, focusing on a hands-on approach to making inferences and predictions to learn from data. Taught in Python and/or R.

Data, Culture, and Society 

This core requirement focuses on the social, political, cultural, and/or ethical dimensions of data.

Department Programs

Major

Minor

Graduate Programs

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Data and Computational Thinking (one course)3
Introduction to Programming and Data Science H
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Introduction to Spatial Data Science
Data in Politics I: An Introduction
Data and Statistical Thinking (one course)3-4
Making Sense of Big Data: Textual Analysis with R
SOCI ----
Computational Sociology
Foundations of Statistics and Data Science
Data, Culture, and Society (one course)3
COMM ----
Algorithms and Society
Introduction to Digital Culture H
ENGL ----
Data as Rhetoric
Maps: Geographic Information from Babylon to Google
Geography for Future Leaders
Analyzing Public Opinion H
Two additional elective courses from the list below 16-8
Total Hours15-18
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

 Elective List

ANTH 419Anthropological Application of GIS3
ANTH/LING 520Linguistic Phonetics3
BCB/COMP 555Bioalgorithms3
BIOL 525
525L
Analysis and Interpretation of Sequence-Based Functional Genomics Experiments
and Analysis and Interpretation of Sequence-Based Functional Genomics Experiments Laboratory
4
BIOL 534/MATH 564Mathematical Modeling in the Life Sciences3
BIOL/MATH 553Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology3
BIOL 554Introduction to Computational Neuroscience3
BIOL/ENEC 562Statistics for Environmental Scientists4
BIOL/ENEC 563Statistical Analysis in Ecology and Evolution4
BMME/COMP 576Mathematics for Image Computing3
BUSI/COMP 488Data Science in the Business World 3
CLAR 411Archaeological Field Methods3
COMP 210Data Structures and Analysis3
COMP 388Advanced Cyberculture Studies3
COMP 410Data Structures3
COMP 421Files and Databases3
COMP 426Modern Web Programming3
COMP 433Mobile Computing Systems3
COMP 486/INLS 512Applications of Natural Language Processing3
COMP 487/INLS 509Information Retrieval3
COMP/BUSI 488Data Science in the Business World 3
COMP/BCB 555Bioalgorithms3
COMP 560Artificial Intelligence3
COMP 562Introduction to Machine Learning3
COMP 572Computational Photography3
COMP 576Mathematics for Image Computing3
ECON 470Econometrics H3
ECON 573Machine Learning and Econometrics3
ECON 575Applied Time Series Analysis and Forecasting3
ENEC 305Data Analysis and Visualization of Social and Environmental Interactions4
ENEC/GEOG 437Social Vulnerability to Climate Change3
ENEC/ENVR 468Temporal GIS and Space/Time Geostatistics for the Environment and Public Health3
ENEC/BIOL 562Statistics for Environmental Scientists4
ENEC/BIOL 563Statistical Analysis in Ecology and Evolution4
ENGL 480Digital Humanities History and Methods3
ENGL 482Metadata, Mark-up, and Mapping: Understanding the Rhetoric of Digital Humanities3
ENVR/ENEC 468Temporal GIS and Space/Time Geostatistics for the Environment and Public Health3
EXSS 327Predictive Analytics in Sport3
GEOG 370Introduction to Geographic Information3
GEOG 392Research Methods in Geography3
GEOG 414Climate Change3
GEOG 416Applied Climatology: The Impacts of Climate and Weather on Environmental and Social Systems3
GEOG/ENEC 437Social Vulnerability to Climate Change3
GEOG 446Geography of Health Care Delivery3
GEOG 456Geovisualizing Change3
GEOG/PLAN 491Introduction to GIS3
GEOL 520Data Analysis in the Earth Sciences3
INLS 509/COMP 487Information Retrieval3
INLS 512/COMP 486Applications of Natural Language Processing3
LING 202Linguistic Variation and Language Change3
LING 203Language Acquisition and Development3
LING 333Human Language and Animal Communication Systems3
LING 401Language and Computers3
LING 422Research Methods in Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology3
LING/ANTH 520Linguistic Phonetics3
LING 525Introduction to Historical and Comparative Linguistics3
MASC 561Time Series and Spatial Data Analysis3
MATH 553Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology3
MATH 564Mathematical Modeling in the Life Sciences3
MEJO 570Data Driven Journalism3
PHIL 353Minds and Machines: Philosophy of Cognitive Science H3
PLAN/GEOG 491Introduction to GIS3
PLCY 505 Data Science for Public Policy and Decision Making4
POLI 381Data in Politics II: Frontiers and Applications3
PSYC 532Quantitative Psychology H3
PSYC 533The General Linear Model in Psychology H3
PSYC 559Applied Machine Learning in Psychology3
ROML 501Introduction to Digital Humanities for Romance Languages, Cultures and Heritage Studies3
STOR 320Introduction to Data Science4
STOR 455Methods of Data Analysis3
STOR 535Probability for Data Science3
STOR 538Sports Analytics3
STOR 556Time Series Data Analysis3
STOR 565Machine Learning3
STOR 572Simulation for Analytics3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.