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Washkewicz College of Engineering Offers New Bachelor of Science in Data Science

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in the Washkewicz College of Engineering at Cleveland State University (CSU) is pleased to announce the approval of a new Bachelor of Science in Data Science (BSDS) degree program.  CSU will begin enrolling students in Fall 2022.

The BSDS was developed through the partnership between the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in the Washkewicz College of Engineering and the Mathematics and Statistics Department in the College of Sciences and Health Professionals.

CSU’s strength in data science grew rapidly recently with the addition of six computer science faculty in the areas of big data, internet of things (IoT), machine learning, deep learning, data mining, artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, cyber-physical-systems, and computer vision. The new hires and the partnership with the Mathematics and Statistics Department allows CSU to develop research and education programs in Data Science immediately. CSU stands ready to meet the growing needs of the region.

Dr. Chansu Yu, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and leader of the effort to create the new program, said “The demand in this field is expected to grow significantly across all sectors over the next decade. For four years in a row, data scientist has been named the number one job in the U.S. by Glassdoor. What’s more, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026. The CSU Data Science program was created to address this critical shortage and thus, help shape the region and beyond. The new Data Science program integrates computer science with math and statistics to prepare for the rapidly expanding need for data scientists.”

“JobsOhio established and funded the Cleveland Innovation District to make Northeast Ohio and the state more attractive to business and more competitive in the health care and IT sectors. The consortium represents a $565 million effort focused on research, training and talent development in post-pandemic urban health care, emerging technologies, life sciences, data-intensive fields, emerging biological threats and epidemiology. Through this initiative, CSU is tasked with recruiting, educating and graduating the skilled talent needed to fuel growth in post-pandemic health care careers, emerging technologies, life sciences and data-intensive fields,” said Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, Dean of the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

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About CSU and the Washkewicz College of Engineering

​​​​​​Cleveland State University is a public institution located in Cleveland, Ohio. The university has an enrollment of more than 16,000 students in programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is currently awaiting reaffirmation of accreditation. Washkewicz College of Engineering offers graduate and undergraduate program. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) ( To learn more about the College, please visit: