Data Science Cognate Tracks

A Data Science student must complete a cognate, consisting of at least 15 hours, with the same disciplinary prefix (BIO, BUS, ECON, GEOG, POLS, etc.) other than CS, MATH, or STAT, and with at least 6 must be at the 300-level, unless a department recommends otherwise.

This document provides a current list of course tracks that departmental representatives have recommended as especially appropriate for a Data Science major. Students may also combine courses with different prefixes with the approval of their advisor (who must be a member of the Data Science Steering Committee).

Biology

Ecosystems / Population Biology Track:

  • Biol. 123 (4) Living Systems

  • Biol 160 (4) Ecological and Evolutionary Systems

  • Biol 250 (4) Research Design and Methodology

  • One of: Biol 345 (4) Ecosystem Ecology and Management; Biol 364 (3) Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability; Biol 385 (4) Internship in Biology, Biol 399 (4) Undergraduate Research, PubH 248 (4) Epidemiology, or an approved interim.

Genomics / Cell Biology Track:

  • One of: Chem 115 (4) Chemistry for the Health Sciences; Chem 103 (4) General Chemistry I; Chem 104 (4) General Chemistry II;  or Chem 105 (4) Chemical Principles

  • One of Biol 161 (4) Cellular and Genetic Systems; or Biol 141 (4) Cell Biology & Genetics for the Health Sciences

  • Biol 250 (4) Research Design and Methodology

  • One of: Biol 321 (4) Genetics and Development; Biol 325 (4) Biotechnology; Biol 336 (4) General Microbiology; Biol 385 (4) Internship in Biology, Biol 399 (4) Undergraduate Research, Psyc 343 (4) Behavioral Neuroscience, or an approved interim.

Business

  • BUS 160 (3) Business Foundations

  • BUS 203 (3) Intro to Managerial Accounting

  • BUS 204 (4) Financial Accounting

  • BUS 370 (3) Financial Principles

  • BUS 371, 372, or 380 (3) Financial Instruments and Markets, Advanced Corporate Finance, or Marketing

  • (Students should take ECON 221 to fulfill their Societal Structures core requirement, as it is the prerequisite for some of the upper-level BUS courses.)

Economics

  • ECON 221 (3) Principles of Microeconomics

  • ECON 222 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics  

  • ECON 325 or 326 (4) Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics

  • ECON 343 (3) Research Methods

  • one additional ECON 300-level course (3)

Geography

GeoSpatial Track:

  • GEOG 200 (3) People, Place and Community

  • GEOG 261 (4) Intro GIS

  • GEOG 361 (4) Advanced GIS

  • GEOG 362 (4) Remote Sensing of Earth

GeoPhysical Track: at least 15 hrs chosen from the following

  • GEOG 120 (4) Earth Systems

  • GEOG 252 (4) Geomorphology

  • GEOG 261 (4) Intro GIS

  • GEOG 322 or GEOL 312 (4) Coastal Geomorphology or Environmental Geology

  • GEOG 362 (4) Remote Sensing of Earth

GeoHuman Track:

  • GEOG 200 (3) People, Place and Community

  • GEOG 261 (4) Intro GIS

  • GEOG 310 (4) Urban Geography

  • GEOG 361 (4) Advanced GIS

Political Science

  • POLS 251 (3) Foundations of Political Science Research

  • POLS 212 (3) American Public Policy

  • Three courses from one of the following categories (9):

    • American Politics and Polity:

      • POLS 208 Urban Politics

      • POLS 209 Public and Non-Profit Administration

      • POLS 218 American Foreign Policy

      • POLS 234 The President and Congress

      • POLS 237 Parties and Interest Groups

      • POLS 318 American Elections and Mass Media

    • International Relations/Comparative:

      • POLS 218 American Foreign Policy

      • POLS 277 Asian Politics

      • POLS 279 African Politics

      • POLS 304 International Peace and Security

      • POLS 307 Civil War, Ethnic Conflict, and Terrorism

      • POLS 309 International Organization and Law

      • POLS 319 International Political Economy

      • POLS 321 Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective

      • POLS 322 Global Democratization

Public Health

  • PUBH 101 (3) Introduction to Public Health

  • PUBH 248 (4) Epidemiology

  • ECON 241 (3) Health Economics and Health Policy

  • PHIL 212 (3) Ethical Dimensions of Health Care

  • One course from: PUBH 380 (3,4) Internship in Public Health; PUBH 395 (3) Integrative Seminar in Public Health; BIOL 364 (3) Global Health, Environment, and Sustainability; or PSYCH 335 (4) Health Psychology.