New computer science class dreamed up by enthusiastic students

Most computer science courses are born from a professor’s research or are part of a prescribed track within the major. But CIS 399: Foundations of Data Science — newly offered this semester — began with a few students and a good idea.  The idea for the course was sparked when a small group of engineering students of various majors approached professors teaching computer and information science and electrical and systems engineering. They had found an interesting textbook on data science and asked six or seven different professors to teach the course. “The students’ enthusiasm for the subject was contagious and all of us agreed to team-teach the course, although this would be in addition to courses we were already assigned to teach,” said Sampath Kannan, department chair of Computer and Information Science. The professors managed to schedule a time for the…

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