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Data Science-Physics and Astronomy Cognate, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Charleston, SC, United States
Data Science addresses data mining, predictive analytics and machine learning in big data. This Data Science-Physics and Astronomy Cognate program at College of Charleston is a mathematically and computationally rigorous, interdisciplinary program, enabling the discovery of patterns in large sets of data sets and data streams.
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The Data Science program combines statistics, mathematics, computational thinking, programming, learning theory, logic, information theory, complexity, and artificial intelligence. In addition, students choose a cognate discipline and associated courses, culminating in a Data Science project directed by a faculty member from their chosen cognate.

The purpose of the Data Science-Physics and Astronomy Cognate program is to provide students with the theoretical foundations and practical analytic experiences needed to understand and utilize methods for knowledge discovery in data sets and data streams. Integration and practice with informatics tools is accomplished within a cognate discipline.

Today’s demand for expertise in data mining, predictive analytic and machine learning far exceeds the current supply. Data Science graduates are highly employable in business, industry, and in professional fields such as medicine (e.g., health informatics), law (e.g., computational forensics), and government (e.g., national security and cyber-warfare). Graduates wishing to pursue higher degrees in machine learning, or more domain specific fields such as bioinformatics, are well prepared for graduate study by completing the Data Science program.


The College of Charleston is a state-supported comprehensive institution providing a high-quality education in the arts and sciences, education and business. The faculty is an important source of knowledge and expertise for the community, state and nation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Dataset Organization and Management
  • Data Science Capstone
  • General Physics
  • General Physics Lab
  • Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Application Method: Complete and submit the CofC application or The Common Application (Common App).
  • Official Transcripts: Submit your complete high school transcripts directly to College of Charleston in the original language with the school’s official stamp/seal .
  • Certified Translations: If transcripts are written in a language other than English, certified, word-for-word English translations of all transcript pages must be submitted.
  • Standardized Examination Scores: Submit scores directly to the College of Charleston from one of the following examination board
  • Copy of passport picture/data page.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32848 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12518 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12518 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Charleston

  • 1270 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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