The University’s intercollegiate undergraduate academic programs provide students with the opportunity to earn a credential in a focused area of study that spans subject areas located in multiple colleges and that has been designed by collaborative teams of faculty members from these colleges.
Proposals to create or modify intercollegiate courses, certificates, and minors are developed by faculty teams involving faculty members from two or more colleges, and are submitted to the Undergraduate Council’s Curriculum Committee by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs on behalf of these teams. Faculty members who are interested in developing new intercollegiate courses, certificates, or minors should contact the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.
Data Science Minor
As of Fall 2021, undergraduate students majoring in any field can earn a minor in data science. The Data Science minor includes four core courses:
- DATA 201: Data Knowledge and Discovery. Introduction to the essential elements of data science through the examination of data sets drawn from a variety of fields. Explores data collection and management, exploration and visualization of data, modeling, computing, and ethical issues associated with data science. Introduces students to programming through hands-on activities. (3 credit hours; satisfies Volunteer Core Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
- DATA 202: Data Management and Visualization. Introduction to foundational concepts and techniques in the management and presentation of data for effective data-informed decision making. Explores data storage and indexing strategies, data warehousing, metadata management, visualization of time-series and geospatial data, and best practices for presenting data to inform decision making, such as heat maps and infographics. (3 credit hours; DATA 201 is a prerequisite)
- DATA 301: Data Stewardship and Ethics. Overview of the data life cycle, including creation, collection, assurance, description, discovery, integration, use, reuse, and preservation. Explores data management principles and the development and implementation of data life cycle management plans. Examines the legal, ethical, and technological challenges in developing and implementing data management policies. (3 credit hours; DATA 201 is a prerequisite)
- DATA 302: Analytical Methods of Data Science. Survey of modern algorithms and methods in data science, focusing on how, why, and when various methods work. Includes topics in statistics, machine learning, and optimization. (3 credit hours; DATA 202 is a prerequisite)
For more information about the Data Science minor, and a list of directed elective courses that can be used to satisfy minor requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog.
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Global Development Minor
As of Fall 2022, undergraduate students majoring in any field can earn a minor in global development. This minor is intended to complement UTK’s Peace Corps Prep Program, and with careful planning, students can achieve both the minor and a certificate issued by the US Peace Corps. All undergraduate academic advisors can help students declare the minor. Students who want to also complete the Peace Corps Prep Certificate should contact the Center for Global Engagement.
The Global Development minor consists of eighteen credit hours of coursework distributed across two categories:
- Training and Experience in a Specific Peace Corps Work Sector. In this category, students complete nine credit hours related to one of the six US Peace Corps Sectors (Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development). Each of the six sectors is associated with coursework offered by a large number of academic departments and schools across the university.
- Intercultural Competence. In this category, students complete one of two core courses (either AGNR 180: Global Dynamics: Food, Biodiversity and the Environment or GLBS 250 / SOCI 250: Introduction to Global Studies) and an additional six credit hours from a list of directed electives.
Coursework for the Global Development minor can, in many cases, also be used to satisfy Volunteer Core requirements and the requirements of a student’s major. Students should consult with their advisor to identify these opportunities.
For more information about the Global Development minor, and a list of courses that can be used to satisfy minor requirements, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog.