The University of Georgia saw the need for a new undergraduate degree, so they filled that void.
Approved at the September Board of Regents meeting, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences is offering a new undergraduate degree in data science, making UGA the only campus in the Georgia university system to offer such a degree.
In this program, students will experience the interface of statistics and computing “to meet the growing demand for data scientists,” according to a press release from UGA.
According to a 2016 McKinsey Big Data report, the US economy could run out of 250,000 data scientists by 2024. To help combat this, the university has come up with a solution.
“The new undergraduate degree in data science will help fill this void by preparing students for jobs in various fields,” TN Sriram, professor and head of the statistics department, said in the press release.
These areas include technology companies like Google, Amazon, IBM, Intel, and Samsung, finance and insurance companies like Goldman Sachs, AIG, Liberty Mutual, and other industries.
The first cohort of students will begin the degree in fall 2019.
“The computer science and statistics faculty members have spent over a year envisioning, planning and designing the new degree,” Professor Thiab Taha, head of the computer science department, said in the press release. “This new interdisciplinary major will uniquely position UGA to become a leader in training and mentoring future generations of data scientists. “