Two new data science degrees will be created at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the Board of Governors voted today. 

The two new degree programs ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– a Bachelor of Arts in Data Science and a Bachelor of Science in Data Science ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­– the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) will be offered in partnership with the School of Communication and Information and the School of Engineering to enrich the curriculum and increase flexibility, given the relevance of data science to many different disciplines.

The degree programs will provide a comprehensive education and equip students to be proficient in the principles of computation, statistical inference and data management. In addition, the Bachelor of Science will provide the students with deeper knowledge and preparation in areas such as statistics and computing.

“We are very excited to receive approval from the Board of Governors for these programs to be launched in fall 2023,” SAS interim co-executive dean Susan Lawrence said. “Data science has become an important pillar for scientific discovery and for providing insight for decision-making in government, business and the nonprofit world.”

“There is tremendous demand for data scientists as well as for professionals in many fields who are equipped with skills and knowledge in data science,” she added.

With 34 departments and 13 programs, the School of Arts and Sciences offers more than 100 majors and minors in biological, mathematical and physical sciences, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. Each year about 4,000 high school graduates join SAS, which boasts more than 200,000 living alumni.