Eckerd College students interested in learning how to look at data, ask it meaningful questions and gain useful information can now minor in data science. Last month, faculty approved the minor requirements—a process that was three years in the making.
Michael Hilton, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at Eckerd College and the minor coordinator, retired from a 20-year career as a data scientist at Procter & Gamble and decided to return to his first love: teaching. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison showed immense interest in turning Hilton’s expertise into a minor that could benefit all Eckerd College students, not just computer science majors. “Data science is an inherently interdisciplinary field, requiring a blend of three different skill sets: computer programming, mathematics and domain knowledge.
The data science minor proposed for Eckerd is intended to provide students who are not computer science majors or minors, but are instead focused on becoming domain experts, with a sufficient background in computer programming and mathematics to apply data science to problems in their field of expertise.”