At Duke Kunshan University, each major consists of an interdisciplinary set of courses that integrate different forms of knowledge and a distinct set of disciplinary courses that provide expertise in specific areas.

Data Science
The field of data science deals with the theories, methodologies and tools of applying statistical concepts and computational techniques to various data analysis problems related to science, engineering, medicine, business, etc. Data science is a highly interdisciplinary field. It can be extensively applied to economics, biology, health care as well as quantitative social science including global health, environmental science and humanities (e.g., digital media). The Data Science program prepares students with the concepts, theorems, algorithms and methodologies that are essential for data analysis, knowledge learning and information extraction of practical applications.

Required Courses

Foundation Courses
  • Mathematical Foundations 1
  • Integrated Science 1– Energy and Emergent Phenomena in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Mathematical Foundations 2
  • Integrated Science 2– Energy and Emergent Phenomena in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
  • Integrated Science 3 – Waves: Sound and Light; and the Biosphere
  • Integrated Science 4 – Waves: Sound and Light; and the Biosphere
  • Scientific Writing and Presentations
Interdisciplinary Courses
  • Introduction to Programming and Data Structures
  • Principles of Machine Learning
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Data Acquisition and Visualization
  • Interdisciplinary Data Analysis
Disciplinary Courses
  • Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Numerical Analysis and Optimization
  • Algorithms and Databases

Recommended Electives for the Major

Courses listed below are recommended electives for the major. Students can also select other courses in different divisions as electives.

  • Bayesian and Modern Statistics
  • Computer Vision
  • Search Engines
  • Speech Recognition
  • Cloud Computing
  • Deep Learning
  • Probabilistic Graphical Models
  • Artificial Intelligence

*The above major and course list are pending approval by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China