Data Science Discovery

Data Science Discovery is the beginning of a new experience at Illinois! Focused on ensuring Illini are ready for tomorrow, you’ll learn tools to make decision under uncertainty, reason about large problems, process data seamlessly, and finish it all before 11:00am.

Developed and delivered cooperatively by Karle Flanagan and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider, Data Science Discovery has only 30 seats reserved for 30 different majors and there are no prerequisites.

"Walkin' through a quad, the campus is a glow
Kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats
Everybody here wanted somethin' more
Searchin' for a class we hadn't heard before"

FAQ: Will the Spring 2019 course be advanced?

No! Data Science Discovery is a pilot for STAT 107, a freshman-level gened. The expected workload is in-line with STAT 100 and similar courses. Since it's a pilot instead of the full class, it will fulfill an upper-level elective instead of a gened.

FAQ: Will the course be boring?

Karle Flanagan and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider are both award-winning faculty. Prof. Flanagan has ranked as "Excellent" on ICES for every course she has ever taught at Illinois! Professor Fagen-Ulmschneider has created amazing visualizations about GPAs with students and has been ranked as "Excellent" in each course every year!

FAQ: Is there programming? Is it hard?

Data Science Discovery is not a "programming course". You will not be learning a programming language for the sake of learning a programming language. You will use Python as a tool (like you use Excel) to find out interesting things form data (eg: what's the easiest class at Illinois by GPA?).

You do not need any background in programming before STAT 107. The programming we will do is all applied and we'll be here to help you if you ever get an error.

Join us in Spring 2019

Data Science Discovery is a pilot course for the new introduction to data science at Illinois. The course will meet M/W/F from 9:00am-9:50am with weekly lab/discussions Tuesdays from 9:00am-10:50am. Karle and Wade will deliver all lectures, labs, and discussions. The course is 4 credit hours.

Preference will be given to students without CS 125 and without STAT 200 – this is really an introductory course. This pilot will fulfill an upper-level elective (STAT 430) and may fulfill other degree requirements depending your home department. This course is offered to undergraduates only.

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Remind me for Fall 2019

The next batch of seats will not be available until Fall 2019. Let us know your interest and you will be the first to know details for the next offering.

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