Data Science and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, BS

The combined major in data science and ecology and evolutionary biology provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of ecology and evolutionary biology, including focal points in population, community, and ecosystem ecology; evolutionary ecology and biology; conservation biology; population genetics; behavior; and ecological and evolutionary genomics. Data science allows students to 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. The interdisciplinary nature of the major fosters critical thinking and creativity in scientific problem solving.

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 Course Work

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in all computer science fundamental courses except CS 1802:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
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 Courses
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

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Course Work

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
Foundations in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
and Lab for EEMB 1101
5
Ecology and Evolutionary Genomics
EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
Foundations in Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
and Lab for EEMB 1105
5
Genetics
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
Genetics and Molecular Biology
and Lab for BIOL 2301
5
Evolution
EEMB 2400Introduction to Evolution4
Ecology
EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
Ecology
and Lab for EEMB 2302
5
Capstone
ENVR 4997Senior Thesis4

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Topical Requirement

Complete 16 credits of the following. At least one course must be taken from each list.16
Evolution of Organisms
Ecology and Evolution of Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
and Lab for EEMB 2616
Marine Biology
and Lab for EEMB 2700
Physiological Adaptations to the Environment
Marine Mammals
Biology of Whales
Ecology and Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
Wildlife Ecology
Ecological and Conservation Genomics
Coastal Ecology and Sustainability
and Lab for EEMB 3470
Landscape and Restoration Ecology
Global Oceanic Change
Food Security and Sustainability
Wetlands: Ecology and Hydrology
Analytical Skills
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Ecological and Conservation Genomics

Supporting Courses

Calculus
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
Biostatistics
and Lab for ENVR 2500
5
Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
5
Physics
Complete one of the following:5
Physics for Life Sciences 1
and Lab for PHYS 1145
Physics for Engineering 1
and Lab for PHYS 1151
and Interactive Learning Seminar for PHYS 1151
Physics 1
and Lab for PHYS 1161

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one course from the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Advanced Writing in the Sciences
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Integrative Requirement

Integrative Course
DS 4900Data Science Senior Project4

Required General Electives

Complete 16 credits of general electives.16

Khoury College GPA Requirement

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

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Analyzing and Using Data 
  • Writing in the First Year 
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines 
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major 
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone 

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

136 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5Physics requirement5 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
5  
ENGW 11114CS 32004  
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
5   
 20 19 9 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5MATH 1251 or 13414Elective4Co-op
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5DS 42004Elective4 
DS 30004DS 43004  
EEB topical requirement4CS 12101  
 Elective4  
 18 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opEEMB 24004ENGW 33024Co-op
 EEB topical requirement4Khoury elective4 
 EEB topical requirement4  
 EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5  
 THTR 11701  
 0 18 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opDS 44004Elective4 
 DS 49004  
 ENVR 49974  
 EEB topical requirement4  
 0 16 4 
Total Hours: 137

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5EEMB 1105
and EEMB 1106
5  
ENGW 11114MATH 1251 or 13414  
EEMB 1101
and EEMB 1102
5   
 20 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004DS 30004Vacation0Co-op0
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5EEB topical requirement4  
ENVR 2500
and ENVR 2501
5CS 12101  
BIOL 2301
and BIOL 2302
5Physics requirement5  
 19 14 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0DS 42004Elective4Co-op0
 EEB topical requirement4Elective4 
 EEMB 24004  
 THTR 11701  
 Khoury elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0DS 43004Elective4Co-op0
 DS 44004ENGW 33024 
 EEMB 2302
and EEMB 2303
5  
 Elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opENVR 49974  
 DS 49004  
 EEB topical requirement4  
 EEB topical requirement4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 137