Data Science and Economics, BS

The combined major in data science and economics integrates fundamental economics courses with a strong programming foundation. 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. Utilizing these skill sets allows students to address complex issues in the behavior of individuals and the collective behavior of industries and governments.

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.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Data Science Requirements

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200First Year Seminar1
or ECON 1000 Economics at Northeastern
CS 1210Professional Development for Khoury Co-op1
or EESH 2000 Professional Development for Co-op
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
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
Presentation Requirement
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Khoury Elective
With adviser approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 4 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 2500 or higher, except DS 4900
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900

Economics Requirements

Required Economics Courses
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 2316Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 2350Statistics4
Economics Electives
Complete five economics elective courses that are found in the following ranges, with no more than two in the ECON 1200 to ECON 1999 range:20
ECON 1200–ECON 1999
ECON 3000–ECON 4689
ECON 4900–ECON 4999
ECON 5200–ECON 5999
Economics Capstone
ECON 4692Senior Economics Seminar4

Integrative Course Requirement

ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4

Supporting Course Requirements

MATH 1231Calculus for Business and Economics4
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Literature and Digital Diversity
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The Twenty-First-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

English Requirement

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

Required General Electives

Complete 24 credits of general electives.24

Khoury College GPA Requirement

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

Economics GPA Requirement

Grades in the following four courses must average to a minimum of C (2.000):

ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
ECON 2316Microeconomic Theory4
ECON 2350Statistics4
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World 
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Analyzing and Using Data 
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • 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

133 total semester hours required

Sample Pattern:

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

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Elective4
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004ECON 23154Elective4
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ECON 11164  
ECON 11154MATH 1231 or 13414  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 8
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
DS 30004CS 12101ENGW 3302, 3308, 3311, or 33154Co-op
ECON 23504ECON 23164Elective4 
DS 42004DS 43004  
ECON elective 14ECON elective 24  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opKhoury elective4Elective4Co-op
 Computing and social issues requirement 4Elective4 
 DS 44004  
 ECON 25604  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
Co-opECON 46924  
 ECON elective 34  
 ECON elective 44  
 ECON elective 54  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 134