Data Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


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With so much of our world running on computers to function, there is a high-demand for graduates who know how to design, develop, and maintain the software programs and systems that we depend on. If you’re interested in how to become a data scientist, our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science — Data Science degree program provides training in the foundational knowledge and technical skills to step into the workforce or pursue graduate programs. Study topics like:

• Data structures and how to customize them to individual business needs
• Production of data visualizations that offer viable action items
• Development and maintenance of software programs
• Data security practices and principles
• Project management strategies and how to apply them in the workplace.

We’ve designed our data science certification specialization to focus on the growing field of “Big Data” and areas like data warehousing, mining, and analytics, building on top of core computer science concepts like programming languages, operating systems, algorithms, and software engineering. The data science degree culminates in a senior-year capstone project where you will demonstrate your mastery of the topics and skills you’ve learned.


Since 1888, Salem has been dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate programs to turn our students into the types of decisive leaders that are key to success in a globalized world. Our data science degree program has been built to be flexible in design and sensitive to the needs of busy individuals who have to balance the demands of their work, family, and education. You can choose to pursue it in a traditional format, living and attending classes on-campus, or you have the option to take online courses that are specifically structured to fit into your life with as little as disruption as possible.


Our Computer Science program consists of ten core courses:

• CS100 Principles of Computer Science
• CS110 Introduction to Computer Architecture
• CS120 Fundamentals of Computation
• CS130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
• CS150 Introduction to Programming
• CS310 Database Architectures
• CS350 Operating Systems
• CS409 Basic Networking
• CS445 Project Management
• CS499 Senior Capstone

With the data science certification specialization, you’ll study:

• CS401 Advanced Database Development Using SQL
• CS402 Data Mining/Data Warehousing
• CS403 Security Data Sciences
• CS404 Business Intelligence
• CS405 Data Analytics


With a data science specialization, you can prepare for a number of job paths, including titles like:
• Data Analyst
• Data Scientist
• Business Analyst
• Business Technology Analyst
• Requirements Analyst
• Data and Technology Consultant


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online here. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

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