Data Visualization, Minor

Program Code: DATVS_UMNR

Program Description

Combining aesthetic, statistical, analytical, and programming skills, data visualization transforms numerical patterns into visually attractive shapes, graphics, and contexts, revealing them in an easy to understand format.

What is Data Visualization?

Data Visualization is one of the fastest growing professions. Creating a well-designed and well-structured story with data helps executives and non-technical individuals understand meaning in their numbers. This type of visual storytelling creates insights for decisions makers in government, insurance, banking, health care, research, and education.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You like analyzing data and interpreting its meaning.
  • You excel at visual arts and/or graphic design.
  • You think about how people respond to and interact with data.
  • You see data as an opportunity to tell a story.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 22-23

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
DIGIT 410Data Visualization3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 406Electronic News Gathering and Editing3
or MIS 415 Social Media Management and Analytics
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
or GEOG 260 Geographic Information in a Changing World: Introduction to GIScience Keystone/General Education Course
PSYCH 200Elementary Statistics in Psychology Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Beginning Computer Aided Design for Artists Keystone/General Education Course
Human Factors in Design & Art Keystone/General Education Course
The Digital Medium Keystone/General Education Course
3D Studio
Introduction to Multimedia Production
Introduction to Graphic Design Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
Object Oriented Programming with Web-Based Applications
Large Scale Text Analysis
Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
Programming for the Web
Object-Oriented Design and Software Applications
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Digital Media Metrics
Business Analytics
Introduction to Data Analytics

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Erie

Lisa Jo Elliott, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology
170 Kochel Center
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6952
lje12@psu.edu

Career Paths

The minor in Data Visualization is open to students in any Behrend major. Students with a major in a data-intensive field such as MIS, science, psychology, or business would benefit from a Data Visualization minor. Professionals in this field work in data analytics studios and corporate and government settings.

Careers

A Data Visualization minor can make you a more competitive job candidate. Employers will value your ability to analyze complex and abstract information and translate it into an easy-to-understand format.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A MINOR IN DATA VISUALIZATION

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Adding a specialized minor like Data Visualization will demonstrate your versatility to graduate programs, and your ability to create insights from complex data will be helpful as you pursue graduate studies.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Kochel Center
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

https://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences