HENDERSON – Nevada State College announced the Nevada System of Higher Education approved its newest Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Data Science. Pending approval from NSC’s accrediting body, the Data Science program will become the only one of its kind in the state of Nevada.
Nevada State College developed this program to help meet the rising demand for trained professionals in this field as it continues to grow locally and nationally. According to Hanover Research, there is an expected 24.6 percent annual growth rate for data science-related occupations in the Western region between 2014-2024, which far exceeds the average growth rate for other fields.
“This program helps fulfill the College’s mission focused on opening doors to career success for a diverse student population through quality educational programs that meet the critical workforce demand required to grow our regional and state economy,” said Vickie Shields, PhD, provost and executive vice president at Nevada State College. “I am excited to announce that this will be the cornerstone program in our new Department of Data, Media, and Design.”
A degree in Nevada State College’s Interdisciplinary Data Science program will allow students an opportunity to pursue careers such as data analyst, operations manager, database administrator, and software engineer – professions that typically earn salaries above the market.
“Leading industry executives from organizations that include Switch, MGM, and the Southern Nevada Health District suggest a growing demand for individuals with the data science experience offered by this degree, and a desire to produce these professionals within Nevada for Nevada,” Shields continued.
Students who graduate from Nevada State College’s program will be well-versed in data management and analysis, but also will possess the ability to create data reports and visualizations that can help other stakeholders understand complex information and make evidence-based decisions.
While enrolled in the program, students will take classes in Statistics, Computer Science, Data Analysis and Data Visualization. Students also will participate in courses in their own substantive area of interest, such as business or communication, which will allow them to gain discipline-specific knowledge.
ABOUT NEVADA STATE COLLEGE
Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nevada State places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges and, as such, is Nevada’s only state college. Nevada State College is the second fastest-growing college in the country and the fastest growing in Nevada. It currently has more than 5,500 students and more than 800 full- and part-time employees. For more information, visit http://nsc.edu [nsc.edu].