At the University of Washington, we think students from all domains will benefit from acquiring skills in Data Science. To address this need, the eScience Education Working group is bringing departments together from around campus to build a scalable, university-wide program.

The key idea behind undergraduate education at UW is the following:

  • Interested departments extend their core major program with a data science specilization in the form of a “Data Science Option”. The option, or specialization, appears on the student’s transcript.
  • Each data science specialization covers the same set of core data science topics: programming, statistics, machine learning, data visualization, data management, and societal implications of data science.
  • Each department, however, chooses how best to cover the above topics in a way that makes most sense for their students. Departments also have additional, domain-specific requirements.

For questions about the program, please contact Magdalena Balazinska (Computer Science) or Jevin West (Information School).

Participating departments and their undergraduate data science options are as follows (alphabetical order):

  • ACMS: A new “Statistics and Data Science Track” has been approved. Web page will be available shortly.
  • Computer Science & Eng.: A new “Data Science Track” has been approved. Click here for more information.
  • Information School: A new “Data Science Track” has been approved for the Informatics Program. Web page will be available shortly.
  • HCDE: A new Data Science Option is pending final approval.
  • Statistics: A new Data Science Option is pending final approval.