Jun 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Data Science Post-baccalaureate Certificate

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Data Science is one of the most promising and in-demand career paths for skilled professionals. Data scientists obtain, manage, analyze, and extract useful information from data. The Post-baccalaureate Certificate program in Data Science at Pacific University is intentionally designed to allow working professional to update their skill set and prepare for a data-driven career in this rapidly growing field. The program consists of 4 courses (14 credits) and provides a solid foundation in data science. Our strategically developed courses focus on building industry-relevant skills.

Students can select one of two tracks:

  • Machine Learning, Fall and Spring semesters of even academic years (e.g. Fall 2024 & Spring 2025);
  • Statistical Learning, Fall and Spring semesters of odd academic years (e.g. Fall 2023 & Spring 2024).

Students in the program form a cohort participating in courses during Fall and Spring semesters of one academic year. A track for the Data Science Post-baccalaureate Certificate is completed in two semesters. All classes in the program are offered in HyFlex format with courses offered synchronously in-person and online.   

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this certificate will learn the data cycle of obtaining, curating, managing, processing, exploring, analyzing, and communicating data. They will:

  • Connect abstract mathematics with real-world problems involving data.

  • Apply computational and statistical thinking to the acquisition and analysis of data.

  • Build statistical models and assess them.

  • Become proficient in current statistical, numerical, and visualization software.

  • Communicate their analyses in both written and visual formats.


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