Data Science

Data Science—MS

The Michigan Tech Advantage

Our degree will provide you with a broad-based education in data mining, predictive analytics, cloud computing, data-science fundamentals, communication, and business acumen. Additionally, you will gain a competitive edge through domain-specific specialization in disciplines of science and engineering. You will have the freedom to explore and develop your own interests in one or more domains. 

Prerequisites

Entry into this program assumes basic knowledge in statistical and mathematical techniques, computer programming, information systems and databases, and communications, obtained through a degree in business, math, computing, science, or an engineering discipline.

Past Coursework Requirements

Each year we evaluate and adjust our course lists, the coursework requirements for prior years are linked below.

2020-2021Coursework Requirements

Our Master of Science in Data Science is a terminal degree designed to prepare students for careers in industry and government.

Students in the Data Science program take courses from four categories: Core Courses, Elective Courses, Foundational Courses, and Domain Specific/Elective courses.

Core Courses—12 credits

UN 5550 - Introduction to Data Science

Introduces concepts and skills fundamental to Data Science including: getting data, data wrangling, exploratory data analysis, basic statistics, data visualization, data modeling, and learning. The course introduces data science from different perspectives: computer science, mathematics, business, engineering, and more.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Data Science

BA 5200 - Information Systems Management and Data Analytics

Focuses on management of IS/IT within the business environment. Topics include IT infrastructure and architecture, organizational impact of innovation, change management, human-machine interaction, and contemporary management issues involving data analytics. Class format includes lecture, group discussion, and integrative case studies.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Data Science, Engineering Management, Applied Natural Resource Econ., Accounting, Business Administration

CS 5831 - Advanced Data Mining

Data mining focuses on extracting knowledge from large data sources. The course covers data mining concepts, methodology (measurement, evaluation, visualization), algorithms (classification/regression, clustering, association rules) and applications (web mining, recommender systems, bioinformatics).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CS 3425 or MIS 3100) and (MA 2330 or MA 2320 or MA 2321) and (MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710)

MA 5790 - Predictive Modeling

Application, construction, and evaluation of statistical models used for prediction and classification. Topics include data pre-processing, over-fitting and model tuning, linear and nonlinear regression models and linear and nonlinear classification models.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 3740 or MA 4710 or MA 4720 or MA 4780 or (MA 4700 and MA 5701)

Foundational Courses—Maximum of 6 credits

A maximum of six credit hours of foundational skills courses at the 3000–4000 level may be applied to the Master of Science in Data Science. These courses will build skills necessary for successful completion of the MS in Data Science. Some students will not need to take these foundational courses and will instead use the domain electives to reach the credit requirements of this program.

CS 3425 - Introduction to Database Systems

This course provides an introduction to database systems including database design, query, and programming. Topics include goals of database management; data definition; data models; data normalization; data retrieval and manipulation with relational algebra and SQL; data security and integrity; database and Web programming; and languages for representing semi-structured data.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CS 2311 or MA 3210) and CS 2321

FIN 3000 - Principles of Finance

Introduction to the principles of finance. Topics include financial mathematics, the capital investment decision, financial assets valuation, and the risk-return relationship

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): ACC 2000 and (MA 1020 or MA 1030 or MA 1031 or MA 1032 or MA 1120 or MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 1121 or MA 2160 or ALEKS Math Placement >= 61 or CEEB Calculus AB >= 2 or CEEB Calculus BC >= 2 or ACT Mathematics >= 22 or SAT MATH SECTION SCORE-M16 >= 540)

FW 3540 - An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Natural Resource Management

The fundamentals of GIS and its application to natural resource management. Spatial data, its uses and limitations are evaluated. Students work extensively with the ARCGIS software package.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710(C) or MA 2720(C) or MA 3710(C) or ENVE 3502 or CEE 3502(C)

MA 3710 - Engineering Statistics

Introduction to the design, conduct, and analysis of statistical studies aimed at solving engineering problems. Topics include methods of data collection, descriptive and graphical methods, probability and probability models, statistical inference, control charts, linear regression, design of experiments.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2160 or MA 3160(C)

MA 3740 - Statistical Programming and Analysis

Project-based course enabling students to identify statistical methods and analysis using R and SAS. Topics include exploratory data analysis, classical statistical tests, sample size and power considerations, correlation, regression,and design experiments using advanced programming techniques.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710 or MA 3715

MA 3715 - Biostatistics

Introduction to the design and analysis of statistical studies in the health and life sciences. Topics include study design, descriptive and graphical methods, probability, inference on means, categorical data analysis, and linear regression.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 1135 or MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 1121 or MA 2160(C) or MA 3160(C)

MKT 3600 - Marketing Data Analytics

Focuses on data-driven consumer insights for marketing decision-making. Topics include scientific research methodology, survey research, social media data-analysis, multivariate data analysis, information visualization, and report writing and presentations.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710 or BUS 2100) and MKT 3000

SAT 3210 - Database Management

Introductory course on database management. Topics include data modeling, database design, implementation techniques, SQL Language, database administration and security.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 1200 or CS 1111 or CS 1121 or CS 1131 or CS 1142 or MIS 2100

SAT 3611 - Infrastructure Service Administration and Security

Administrating Linux and Microsoft servers together to provide infrastructure services to mixed clients. Topics include: DNS; DHCP; file, web, mail, and directory security of these services; and best practices for combining and mixing server platforms in an enterprise environment.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 2511 and SAT 2711

Electives—Minimum of 6 credits

Two courses must be taken from the list of approved elective courses:

BA 5200 - Information Systems Management and Data Analytics

Focuses on management of IS/IT within the business environment. Topics include IT infrastructure and architecture, organizational impact of innovation, change management, human-machine interaction, and contemporary management issues involving data analytics. Class format includes lecture, group discussion, and integrative case studies.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Data Science, Engineering Management, Applied Natural Resource Econ., Accounting, Business Administration

CS 5831 - Advanced Data Mining

Data mining focuses on extracting knowledge from large data sources. The course covers data mining concepts, methodology (measurement, evaluation, visualization), algorithms (classification/regression, clustering, association rules) and applications (web mining, recommender systems, bioinformatics).

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CS 3425 or MIS 3100) and (MA 2330 or MA 2320 or MA 2321) and (MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710)

MA 5790 - Predictive Modeling

Application, construction, and evaluation of statistical models used for prediction and classification. Topics include data pre-processing, over-fitting and model tuning, linear and nonlinear regression models and linear and nonlinear classification models.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 3740 or MA 4710 or MA 4720 or MA 4780 or (MA 4700 and MA 5701)

Domain Specific Courses—Maximum of 12 Credits

To complete the Master of Science in Data Science, students must earn the remaining of the required 30 credits through completion of approved domain-specific Data Science courses. Students may choose domain-specific courses from one or more domains. Each student will consult with her/his advisor in order to determine the appropriate mix of elective courses and domain-specific courses, given the student’s background, interests, and career aspirations.

Biomedical Engineering

BE 5870 - Computer Vision for Microscopic Images

This course teaches how to quantify data out of images, typically from optical microscopes. It covers thresholding, image derivatives, edge-detection, watershed, multi-scale and steerable filters, 3D image processing, feature extraction, PCA, classification, convolutional neural networks, particle tracking, and diffusion analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Business and Economics

BA 5610 - Operations Management

Applications and case studies focusing on contemporary issues in operations and quality management to include lean manufacturing practices, ERP, quality and environmental management systems/standards, Six Sigma, statistical process control, and other current topics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Data Science, Engineering Management, Applied Natural Resource Econ., Accounting, Business Administration

BA 5800 - Marketing, Technology, and Globalization

The course facilitates students' improvement of analytical skills, information processing techniques, and cultural competence in the globalized marketing environment. Focuses are placed on strategic marketing management, high-tech product marketing, global consumer behavior, branding, and online marketing.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Data Science, Engineering Management, Applied Natural Resource Econ., Accounting, Business Administration

EC 4200 - Econometrics

Introduces techniques and procedures to estimate and test economic and financial relationships developed in business, economics, social and physical sciences.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (EC 2001 or EC 3002 or EC 3003) and (BUS 2100 or MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710) and (MA 1135 or MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 1121)

Chemical Sciences

CH 4610 - Introduction to Polymer Science

Introductory study of the properties of polymers. Includes structure and characterization of polymers in the solid state, in solution, and as melts. Topics include viscoelasticity, rubbery elasticity, rheology and polymer processing. Applications discussed include coatings, adhesives, and composites.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1122 or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)

CH 5410 - Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reaction Mechanisms

Advanced study of mechanistic organic and physical organic chemistry intended to bring the student to the level of current research activity. Topics may include methods for determining organic reaction mechanisms, chemical bonding as it applies to organic compounds, structure-reactivity relationships, molecular rearrangements, and molecular orbital theory.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

CH 5420 - Advanced Organic Chemistry: Synthesis

Advanced study of organic reactions and synthetic organic chemistry intended to bring the student to the level of current research activity. Topics may include retrosynthetic analysis and synthesis design, synthons, protecting groups, and analysis of syntheses from recent literature.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

CH 5509 - Transport and Transformation of Organic Pollutants

Assessment of factors controlling environmental fate, distribution, and transformation of organic pollutants. Thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetic relationships are used to quantify organic pollutant partitioning and transformations in air, water, and sediments. Use of mass balance equations to quantify pollutant transport.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2005-2006 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CEE 4501 or CH 3510

CH 5515 - Atmospheric Chemistry

Study of the photochemical processes governing the composition of the troposphere and stratosphere, with application to air pollution and climate change. Covers radical chain reaction cycles, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric radiative transfer, and measurement techniques for atmospheric gases.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 3510 or ENVE 4501 or ENVE 4504 or CEE 4501 or CEE 4504

CH 5516 - Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry

This course is focused on the chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and cloud processes. Students will learn about methods for chemical characterization, the chemical composition of aerosol and the chemical reactions pertinent to secondary aerosol and cloud composition.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

CH 5560 - Computational Chemistry

Focuses on the theory and method of modern computational techniques applied to the study of molecular properties and reactivity through lecture and computer projects. Covers classical mechanical as well as quantum mechanical approaches.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CH 3520

Cognitive and Learning Sciences

PSY 5220 - Advanced Statistical Analysis and Design II

Course covers multivariate statistics such as ANCOVA, Multiple Regression, factor analysis, clustering, machine learning, and mixture modeling.

  • Credits: 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 12
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PSY 5110

Computer Science

CS 4425 - Database Management System Design

This course covers the design issues concerning the implementation of database management systems, including distributed databases. The topics include data storage, index implementation, query processing and optimization, security, concurrency control, transaction processing, and recovery.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 3425

CS 4471 - Computer Security

This covers fundamentals of computer security. Topics include practical cryptography, access control, security design principles, physical protections, malicious logic, program security, intrusion detection, administration, legal and ethical issues.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 3411 or CS 4411

CS 4811 - Artificial Intelligence

Fundamental ideas and techniques that are used in the construction of problem solvers that use Artificial Intelligence technology. Topics include knowledge representation and reasoning, problem solving, heuristics, search heuristics, inference mechanisms, and machine learning.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 2311 and CS 2321 and (CS 3411 or CS 3421 or CS 3425 or CS 3331)

CS 5321 - Advanced Algorithms

Design and analysis of advanced algorithms. Topics include algorithms for complex data structures, probabilistic analysis, amortized analysis, approximation algorithms, and NP-completeness. Design and analysis of algorithms for string-matching and computational geometry are also covered.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4321

CS 5331 - Parallel Algorithms

Advanced topics in the design, analysis, and performance evaluation of parallel algorithms. Topics include advanced techniques for algorithm analysis, memory models, run time systems, parallel architectures, and program design, particularly emphasizing the interactions of these factors.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4431 and CS 4331

CS 5441 - Distributed Systems

Covers time and order in distributed systems; mutual exclusion, agreement, elections, and atomic transactions; Distributed File Systems, Distributed Shared Memory, Distributed System Security; and issues in programming distributed systems. Uses selected case studies.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4411 and CS 4461

CS 5760 - Human-Computer Interactions and Usability Testing

Current issues in human-computer interaction (HCI), evaluation of user interface (UI) design, and usability testing of UI. Course requires documenting UI design evaluation, UI testing, and writing and presenting a HCI survey, concept or topic paper.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4760

CS 5811 - Advanced Artificial Intelligence

Course topics include current topics in artificial intelligence including agent-based systems, learning, planning, use of uncertainty in problem solving, reasoning, and belief systems.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): CS 4811

CS 5821 - Computational Intelligence - Theory and Application

This course covers the four main paradigms of Computational Intelligence, viz., fuzzy systems, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, and swarm intelligence, and their integration to develop hybrid systems. Applications of Computational Intelligence include classification, regression, clustering, controls, robotics, etc.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

Electrical and Computer Engineering

EE 5500 - Probability and Stochastic Processes

Theory of probability, random variables, and stochastic processes, with applications in electrical and computer engineering. Probability measure and probability spaces. Random variables, distributions, expectations. Random vectors and sequences. Stochastic processes, including Gaussian and Poisson processes. Stochastic processes in linear systems. Markov chains and related topics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineer; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

EE 5521 - Detection & Estimation Theory

Detecting and estimating signals in the presence of noise. Optimal receiver design. Applications in communications, signal processing, and radar.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Electrical & Computer Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Pre-Requisite(s): EE 5500

EE 5726 - Wireless Sensor Networks

Building blocks of wireless sensor networks, sensor node design, wireless communications, network protocols, data storage and retrieval, sensor localization and clock synchronization. Example application areas: robotics, autonomous vehicles and networks, power engineering, smart-grid, environment monitoring, and disaster relief.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (CS 4461 or EE 4272 or EE 5722) and (EE 3170 or EE 3173) and (CS 1129 or CS 2141)

EE 5821 - Computational Intelligence - Theory and application

This course covers the four main paradigms of Computational Intelligence, viz., fuzzy systems, artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, and swarm intelligence, and their integration to develop hybrid systems. Applications of Computational Intelligence include classification, regression, clustering, controls, robotics, etc.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

EE 5841 - Machine Learning

This course will explore the foundational techniques of machine learning. Topics are pulled from the areas of unsupervised and supervised learning. Specific methods covered include naive Bayes, decision trees, support vector machine (SVMs), ensemble, and clustering methods.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Permission of instructor required; May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Forest Resources and Environmental Science

FW 5084 - Data Presentation and Visualization with R

This course is designed for graduate students majoring in forestry, wildlife, ecology, and natural resource management and data science to develop fundamental but essential skills for data presentation and visualization through generating informative graphs with R.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

FW 5411 - Applied Regression Analysis

Regression as a tool for the analysis of forest and environmental science data. Topics include multiple linear, curvilinear and non-linear regression, hierarchical and grouped data and mixed-effects models. Emphasis is placed on application of tools to real-world data using R.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Co-Requisite(s): FW 5412

FW 5412 - Regression in R

Use of R for basic data manipulation, statistical summary and regression. Topics include installing R, data import and export, basic statistics, graphics and fitting of linear, non-linear and mixed-effects models.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Co-Requisite(s): FW 5411

FW 5540 - Remote Sensing of the Environment

Remote sensing principles and concepts. Topics include camera and digital sensor arrays, types of imagery, digital data structures, spectral reflectance curves, applications, and introductory digital image processing.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Co-Requisite(s): FW 5541

FW 5550 - Geographic Information Science and Spatial Analysis

Use of geographic information systems (GIS) in resource management. Studies various components of GIS in detail, as well as costs and benefits. Laboratory exercises use ArcGIS software package to solve resource management problems.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710

FW 5555 - Advanced GIS Concepts and Analysis

This course moves beyond the fundamentals of GIS to explore the application of GIS technology to environmental monitoring and resource management issues. Students learn graphic modeling techniques, network analysis, 3D visualization, geodatabase construction and management, and multivariate spatial analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): FW 5550

FW 5556 - GIS Project Management

Course provides exposure to data collection techniques, web mapping applications, and advanced database structures. Students will investigate GIS system design, GIS project planning and data management, learn map atlas creation and cartographic techniques, and discuss geospatial ethics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-0-4)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): FW 5550

FW 5560 - Digital Image Processing: A Remote Sensing Perspective

Presents the theory and quantitative procedures of digital image processing using remotely sensed data. Emphasizes image acquisition, preprocessing, enhancement, transformation classification techniques, accuracy assessment, and out-products. Discusses linkages to GIS. Also covers evaluating applications of the technology to current resource management problems via peer-reviewed literature.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
  • Pre-Requisite(s): FW 5540

Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

GE 5150 - Advanced Natural Hazards

Exploration of how to develop comprehensive plans to mitigate the impact of natural hazards on humans. Requires a project and report.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

GE 5195 - Volcano Seismology

Will prepare students, including those with no seismology background, to interpret seismic and acoustic signals from volcanoes. Topics: basic seismology, monitoring techniques, tectonic and volcanic earthquakes, infrasound, deformation over a range of time scales.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 1160 or MA 1161 or MA 1121 or MA 1135) and GE 2000 and PH 2100

GE 5600 - Advanced Reflection Seismology

Principles and application of reflection seismic techniques. Includes acquisition, data processing, and 2D/3D data interpretation. Project and report required.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

GE 5870 - Geostatistics & Data Analysis

This course covers the handling of spatial and temporal data for knowledge discovery. Major topics include spatial interpolation, clustering, association analysis, and supervised and unsupervised classification. Students will learn how to use geostatistical and pattern recognition tools for geoscience applications.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): GE 3250

Mathematics

MA 4330 - Linear Algebra

A study of fundamental ideas in linear algebra and its applications. Includes review of basic operations, block computations; eigensystems of normal matrices; canonical forms and factorizations; singular value decompositions, pseudo inverses, least-square applications; matrix exponentials and linear systems of ODEs; quadratic forms, extremal properties, and bilinear forms.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 2320 or MA 2321 or MA 2330) and MA 3160

MA 4720 - Design and Analysis of Experiments

Covers construction and analysis of completely randomized, randomized block, incomplete block, Latin squares, factorial, fractional factorial, nested and split-plot designs. Also examines fixed, random and mixed effects models and multiple comparisons and contrasts. The SAS statistical package is an integral part of the course.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 2710 or MA 2720 or MA 3710 or MA 3715 or MA 5701

MA 5201 - Combinatorial Algorithms

Basic algorithmic and computational methods used in the solution of fundamental combinatorial problems. Topics may include but are not limited to backtracking, hill-climbing, combinatorial optimization, linear and integer programming, and network analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MA 5221 - Graph Theory

Review of basic graph theory followed by one or more advanced topics which may include topological graph theory, algebraic graph theory, graph decomposition or graph coloring.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2003-2004 academic year
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 5301 or MA 4209

MA 5401 - Real Analysis

A graduate-level study of the Lebesgue integral including its comparison with the Riemann integral; the Lebesgue measure, measurable functions and measurable sets. Integrable functions, the monotone convergence theorem, the dominated convergence theorem, and Fatou's lemma.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: On Demand
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MA 5627 - Numerical Linear Algebra

Design and analysis of algorithms for the numerical solution of systems of linear algebraic equations, least-square problems, and eigenvalue problems. Direct and iterative methods will be covered.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 4330 or MA 4630

MA 5630 - Numerical Optimization

Numerical solution of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems and nonlinear equations. Topics include optimality conditions, local convergence of Newton and Quasi-Newton methods, line search and trust region globalization techniques, quadratic penalty and augmented Lagrangian methods for equality-constrained problems, logarithmic barrier method for inequality-constrained problems, and Sequential Quadratic Programming.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2002-2003 academic year
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 4330 or MA 4610 or MA 4630 or MA 5627

MA 5701 - Statistical Methods

Introduction to design, conduct, and analysis of statistical studies, with an introduction to statistical computing and preparation of statistical reports. Topics include design, descriptive, and graphical methods, probability models, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

MA 5741 - Multivariate Statistical Methods

Random vectors and matrix algebra. Multivariate Normal distribution. Theory and application of multivariate techniques including discrimination and classification, clustering, principal components, canonical correlation, and factor analysis.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): (MA 4710 or MA 4720) and MA 2320

MA 5750 - Statistical Genetics

Application of statistical methods to solve problems in genetics such as locating genes. Topics include basic concepts of genetics, linkage analysis and association studies of family data, association tests based on population samples (for both qualitative and quantitative traits), gene mapping methods based on family data and population samples.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year

MA 5761 - Computational Statistics

Introduction to computationally intensive statistical methods. Topics include resampling methods, Monte Carlo simulation methods, smoothing technique to estimate functions, and methods to explore data structure. This course will use the statistical software R.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-Requisite(s): MA 4770(C) or (MA 4700 and MA 5701)

MA 5791 - Categorical Data Analysis

Structure of 2-way contingency tables. Goodness-of-fit tests and Fisher's exact test for categorical data. Fitting models, including logistic regression, logit models, probit and extreme value models for binary response variables. Building and applying log linear models for contingency tables.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2005-2006 academic year

Physical Sciences

PH 4390 - Computational Methods in Physics

An overview of numerical and computer methods to analyze and visualize physics problems in mechanics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics. Utility and potential pitfalls of these methods, basic concepts of programming, UNIX computing environment, system libraries and computer graphics are included.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-3)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Pre-Requisite(s): PH 2020 and PH 3410

Social Sciences

SS 5005 - Introduction to Agent Based Modeling

An introduction to computational methods for the social sciences. The course provides an introduction to complexity theory and Agent-Based Modeling. Students will apply what they have learned in this course to develop a pilot simulation to understand any social phenomena of their choosing.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

Systems Administration Technology

SAT 5001 - Introduction to Health Informatics

Course covers fundamental subjects such as medical decision support systems, telemedicine, medical ethics and biostatistics. Topics include consumer health informatics, international health care systems, global health informatics, translational research informatics and homecare. Students will see medical informatics from diverse perspectives. Scientific writing and communication will be encouraged.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore

SAT 5141 - Clinical Support Modeling

Course addresses complex medical decisions, evidence-based medicine, disease management and comprehensive laboratory informatics. Topics include improving physical order entry and healthcare, using medical literature, clinical case discussions, meaningful use of medical data, enhancing patient and care-giver education, disease prevention, and public health and environmental health informatics.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 5114

SAT 5151 - Application Integration and Interoperability

Defines and explains the role of interoperability in the development of a functioning EHR. Analyzes predominant standardization in the healthcare field such as ASTM and HL7. Examines the challenges to the development of interoperability in healthcare.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-1)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

SAT 5241 - Designing Security Systems

Provides an overview of techniques used in the design of secure systems with a primary focus on real-world case studies. Students will examine attacks on deployed systems and investigate how these vulnerabilities have been addressed. Practical advantages and shortcomings of several notions of provable security will also be examined. Students will be expected to read, understand, and present recent research papers.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
  • Pre-Requisite(s): SAT 5111

SU 5010 - Geospatial Concepts, Technologies, and Data

High-level review of geospatial data acquisition systems, sensors and associated processing technologies. Course considers geospatial metadata generation principles, interoperability, and major tools for manipulation with geospatial data. Course may help in transition of non-geospatial majors to geospatial field.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
  • Semesters Offered: Spring
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Integrated Geospatial Tech, Surveying Engineering, Geospatial Engineering

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