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Partnership with Keck Observatory in Hawaii

President Cech with Terry Cox '19, Carroll College Keck FellowCarroll College alumnus, Roy Simperman ’62, and his wife, Frances Simperman, have played a very important role in helping Carroll College’s Data Science Program form a special partnership with the W. M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Keck Observatory telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii (14,000 feet above sea level) are the world’s largest optical and infrared telescopes. Their mission is to advance the frontiers of astronomy and share their discoveries, inspiring the imagination of all. Read more

Carroll College Offers New Data Science Degree

Carroll College is pleased to announce a new undergraduate degree in Data Science. Data Science is one of the fastest growing present-day careers both nationally and internationally. It combines computer science, mathematics, statistics, and business knowledge with the goal of analyzing and understanding data in its various forms.

“We are at the forefront of what other colleges and universities around Montana are doing to train students in the skills required to be a Data Scientist,” said Eric Sullivan, associate professor of mathematics. “Carroll's liberal arts focus gives our students a wider exposure than just computer science and statistics; they are prepared to not only handle the technical problems but also to understand the ethical, economic, humanitarian, and business aspects of big data analysis. Coming out of our program, our students will understand data, be able to write programs to make sense of it, and will be able to apply it to the specific demands of whichever industry they're working in,” said Sullivan.

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Carroll's new data major aims to make students more marketable

by ERIN LORANGER erin.loranger@helenair.com

Carroll College announced a new degree program in data science Tuesday that will help prepare students to enter one of the fastest growing career paths in the country.

The data science major and minor will combine computer science, math, statistics, and business to analyze and understand data in various forms.

“We are at the forefront of what other colleges and universities around Montana are doing to train students in the skills required to be a Data Scientist,” Eric Sullivan, associate professor of mathematics, said in a statement. “Coming out of our program, our students will understand data, be able to write programs to make sense of it, and will be able to apply it to the specific demands of whichever industry they're working in.”

According to the 2017 Emerging Jobs Report compiled by LinkedIn, data scientist jobs have grown by more than 650 percent since 2012. A survey showed the average salary for a well-trained data scientist is $121,000.

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