Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2019-15
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Lili Wang, Chair
Date of First Reading: September 24, 2018
Date of Second Reading: October 29, 2018
Title of Motion: Request from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences – School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences – for the establishment of a graduate program – MS Biological Data Science
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The master of science in biological data science is constructed such that the traditional disciplinary pillars of biology, mathematics, statistics, and computing are accessible to students with backgrounds in any of those fields, as well as unrelated fields. The degree will provide students with training in the natural sciences as well as the mathematical sciences, including statistics and computing, but more importantly, will teach students to recognize the key intersections between and among these fields. Students will be prepared to work in emerging areas of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, and be thought leaders in the development of these rapidly-developing areas of study. Biological data will be utilized throughout the degree and students will develop statistical and computational skillsets together with a knowledge of how to acquire and synthesize these biological datasets.