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June 19, 2020 Kenneth Colangelo

Data Science (Technology Studies)

Associate Degree

Technology Studies
Data Science Option

The Technology Studies – Data Science Option associate degree program prepares students primarily to transfer to complete a B.S. degree in Data Science or Technology Management. Graduates will receive a background in mathematics, science, data literacy, programming, and general education courses for transfer into a four-year program.  Consultation with a faculty advisor is strongly recommended.

  • For students who love math, statistics, and computer science
  • Transfer to a four-year school, like SCSU, to finish a bachelors degree
  • Learn about machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • High paying career in a challenging field

What Does A Data Scientist Do?

  • Collects massive amounts of data and converts it to an analysis-friendly format
  • Helps solve STEM or business-related challenges while using data-driven techniques and tools
  • Uses a variety of programming languages and programs for data collection and analysis
  • Communicates findings and suggestions through effective visuals and comprehensive reports
  • Identifies patterns and trends in data
  • Provides improvement plans and anticipate future demands
  • Contributes to data mining architecture, modeling, reporting, and analysis methods
  • Invents new algorithms to solve problems and build analytical tools.

Data Science Job Market

Completing a Data Science Degree at Tunxis gives students a start towards many exciting career options including:
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Computer Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Database Administrator
Data Science is driving much of the virtual world around us.  By using data to uncover and discover complex behaviors, trends, hidden insights, and inferences, data scientists shape our daily experience:
  • Netflix data scientists mine movie viewing patterns to decide which Netflix movies and series to produce
  • Gmail data scientists are constantly updating algorithms to control which emails are classified as spam
  • Amazon data scientists develop machine learning methods to determine what you see on their homepage
  • Spotify data scientists use data insights to recommend new artists to users

With more companies turning to data to better manage their organizations, data science and data analytics are some of the fastest growing fields according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Employment of mathematical science occupations is expected to grow 27.9 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than all occupations and resulting in about 50,400 new jobs.

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“The world needs people who can make sense of the massive amounts of new data collected on a daily basis, whether it’s creating machine learning algorithms or understanding trends. We are excited that Tunxis is now offering courses and programs in data science to help ensure our graduates will gain critical and desirable skills in such an important and growing field.”

Nicholas Stugard
Professor of Mathematics, Tunxis Community College.

Data Science At Tunxis (YouTube)

Mission

Consultation with a faculty advisor is strongly recommended. The Technology Studies – Data Science Option associate degree program prepares students primarily to transfer to complete a B.S. degree in Data Science or Technology Management. Graduates will receive a background in mathematics, science, data literacy, programming, and general education courses for transfer into a four-year program.

Data Science Courses at Tunxis

Principles of Statistics
Pre-Calculus
Statistics II with Technology Apps
CAD or Directed Elective
Data Science in R – 3 credits
General Physics or Intro to Physics
Calculus I
Intro to Machine Learning

Contact: Nick Stugard

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