AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Augusta University is announcing a new bachelor program for those interested in data science.

It’s tailored to meet the demands for data science professionals in Georgia and nationally.

The new data science curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills needed to succeed in a data-driven world. Augusta University faculty says it promises to be a catalyst for innovation and economic development.

“Data science, along with machine learning, artificial intelligence is one of the hottest areas in terms of education and technology advancement nationally," Alexandar Schwarzmann, Dean of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences says. "It globally rivals cyber security today."

Starting this fall, the program will highlight core data science competencies like machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Alexander Schwarzmann, Dean of the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, says students can look forward to hands-on opportunities for undergraduate research, which will help them tackle real-world challenges with data-driven solutions.

“The challenge here is that humanity amasses immense amount of data every year and so, we know everything," Schwarzmann says. "However, we cannot extract knowledge, there’s too much data and the tools that exist today are not always adequate. so, our students will have great opportunities for career advancement in our increasingly data driven world.”

Graduates will be well-equipped to analyze and leverage data across various fields, including health sciences, cybersecurity and business.

The goal of the program is to help meet the growing demand for data scientists in the Peach State and across the country.

Perspective students can also look forward to future plans that include offering a combined bachelor's and master's program in data science that can be completed in five years.

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