Data Science and Biology, BS

The data science and biology major provides a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics, as well as software development and algorithms. Students study the collection, manipulation, storage, retrieval, and computational analysis of data in its various forms, including numeric, textual, image, and video data from small to large volumes. Students also explore the organization and processes of life across broad areas of the field, from molecules and cells through organs and organ systems to populations, ecosystems, and evolution.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Data Science Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Foundations
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science foundations courses except CS 1802:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
Data Science Foundations
DS 3000Foundations of Data Science4
DS 4200Information Presentation and Visualization4
DS 4300Large-Scale Information Storage and Retrieval4
DS 4400Machine Learning and Data Mining 14
Khoury Elective
With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete four credits of CS, CY, DS, or IS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
CY 2000 or higher, except CY 4930
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
Supporting Course for Data Science
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Statistics Foundations
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
and Lab for ENVR 2500

Computer Science Writing Requirements

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Biology Requirements

Biology Foundations
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
Foundations of Biology
and Lab for BIOL 1107
BIOL 2299Inquiries in Biological Sciences4
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
BIOL 2309Biology Project Lab4
BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
and Lab for BIOL 3611
Chemistry Foundations
CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
General Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
and Lab for CHEM 1161
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313
Intermediate and Advanced Biology Elective
Complete one of the following:4
BIOL 2321 to BIOL 3999
Neurobiology of Cognitive Decline
Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 5000 to BIOL 5999
EEMB 2290 to EEMB 5515
EEMB 5520 to EEMB5534
EEMB 5548 to EEMB 5569
Ancient Marine Life
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Organismal and Population Biology Elective
Complete one course and its corresponding lab, if indicated:4-5
Human Parasitology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Animal Behavior
Current Topics in Organismal and Population Biology
and Lab for BIOL 3421
and Lab for EEMB 2302
Introduction to Evolution
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Vertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2618
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Conservation Biology
Physics Requirement
Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. PHYS 1145/PHYS 1146 is recommended:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161
Mathematics Foundations
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14

Integrative Requirements

Integrative Course
Complete one of the following:4
Advanced Microbiology
Bioinformatics Computational Methods 1
Cell and Molecular Biology
Biological Imaging
Comparative Neurobiology
Advanced Genomics
Complete one of the following:4
Biology Capstone
Data Science Senior Project

Required General Electives

Complete 20 credits of general electives.20

Khoury College GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS, CY, DS, and IS courses

Program Requirement

141 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Five Years, Three Co-ops 

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5BIOL 22994  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5MATH 12514  
BIOL 1107
and BIOL 1108
5CHEM 1161
and CHEM 1162
ENGW 11114   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
DS 30004CS 12101VacationCo-op
CS 35004DS 42004  
PHYS 1145
and PHYS 1146
5BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
5ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
 CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
 18 20 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 32004BIOL 3611
and BIOL 3612
 DS 43004General elective4 
 BIOL 23094  
 BIOL intermediate/advanced elective4  
 0 16 9 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opDS 44004ENGW 33024Co-op
 THTR 11701General elective4 
 Khoury Elective4  
 Integrative course4  
 General elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
 Organismal and population biology elective4  
 General elective4  
 General elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 142