From Twitter, Instagram and Yik Yak to search engines and route maps, college students spend hours a day consuming, consulting and comparing data. In class, they’re increasingly asked to use complex data to explore everything from voter behavior to changing uses of language to animal biodiversity.
But where does a generation living in a world awash in data learn to work with and think critically about it? The new Data Science Education Program aims to prepare Berkeley students for that future.
This fall, pilot courses for freshmen in data literacy are the first steps in an effort being led by a multi-disciplinary faculty team. Students in the one-semester, four-unit “Foundations of Data Science” will learn computing and statistical concepts that underlie how to analyze data, as well as understanding context in working with data.
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