Why Earn a Big Data Analytics Bachelor's Degree
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics degree program at GCU develop the foundations in data science and in computer software design, capable of analyzing large amounts of data. They learn to assess existing algorithms and methodologies, and build their own as a way to engage in continuous development.
The College of Science, Engineering and Technology has established many rigorous goals for students in the BS in computer science data analytics degree program. These expected outcomes include:
- An ability to apply knowledge of computing, mathematics, and statistics
- An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the scientific methodologies appropriate to its solution
- An ability to design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process or program
- An ability to work in a team
- An understanding of all responsibilities related to CS and big data analytics work
Students acquire a framework of knowledge in computer science and other sciences, with a deep dive in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, and Statistics, at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. Students progress through sequentially arranged coursework that is in-depth in nature and broad in scope. This multidisciplinary degree covers relevant topics in chemistry, biology and human-computer interaction.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics program is accredited by the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.
What is Big Data Technology?
Big data refers to the volume of data that can be used and collected by computing systems. Heavy volumes of data bring with them their own problems and trends. Students in the Computer Science BS with Big Data Analytics degree program understand how to use and design methods and software applications that mine and analyze data from a variety of sources. Students acquire a strong foundation in data science and data analytics software development.
Studying the Rising Field of Big Data Analytics
With the big data degree, students are able to work in a variety of information systems. They learn to create systems that collect and analyze data with greater speed and efficiency. Once in their careers, GCU big data and analytics graduates help to improve and support an organization's processes and extraction of actionable information from data collected.
To do all of this important data analysis work, students in the CS Big Data and Analytics Bachelor of Science emphasis have a full course load of theoretical and hands-on courses where they learn about:
- Large-scale data processing
- Statistical Analysis
- Computer Programming using discipline-specific tools and methods
- Data mining and interpretation
- Pattern analysis
- System architecture and organization
- Information assurance and security
- Data Modelling
- Social Network Theory
- Search Engine Design
In addition, this big data analytics degree requires students to complete a senior capstone project, spanning the entire senior year. Students will work in teams to pursue real-world research and design projects, including virtual and augmented reality, data science and machine learning. The capstone experience enables students to demonstrate their accomplishments as members of the GCU learning community.
Work as a CS Professional with a Computer Science Degree: Emphasis in Big Data Analytics
Graduates of the BS Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics will have the capacity to adopt new developments in technologies in computer science. They will be able to apply the theoretical foundations of computer science to solve real-world problems in fast-paced, high tech environments. They will also have the communication and collaboration skills to work with all interested stakeholders.
These technical and personal skills may lead CS Big Data and Analytics degree graduates into work as:
- Computer systems analysts
- Software engineers
- Algorithm Designers
- Data Analytics Product Developers
- Data Scientists
If you are ready to get started learning more about your future in software development and big data analytics, join us at GCU today. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with an Emphasis in Big Data Analytics degree may be just the right program for you.
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General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Required General Education Courses
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.