Ramapo College of New Jersey is launching a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Data Science starting in fall 2020.
Ramapo is one of two colleges in New Jersey to offer an undergraduate program in data science, and is also only one of two institutions in the state to offer both an undergraduate and graduate program. The bachelor’s program is the only one in the state to include both online and in-classroom courses for the major.
Ramapo says data science is integral to the needs and operations of almost every business sector and enables companies to leverage data to predict trends, help make informed decisions and make breakthroughs.
The undergraduate degree will address computational information collection and analysis that can be applied in a wide range of areas, including human health and services, consumer behavior, marketing applications and specialized fields such as sports analytics and linguistics. Data Science undergraduate majors are also required to complete a minor to gain domain knowledge in a particular field, to better contextualize their data studies.
The graduate program is a two-year, 30-credit course with a signature fieldwork experience component. Hands-on fieldwork experience projects will focus on real-world problems brought to the program by industry sponsors. Students will work closely with faculty and sponsors over one or more semesters.
Data scientists are employed by hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, financial and trading firms, sports teams, marketing agencies, and technology companies. Glassdoor ranked the occupation as the No. 1 job in America in 2019, with a median base salary of $108,000 annually and the best-paying job out of college.