Ohio State University (OSU) will offer a data analytics undergraduate major beginning next fall -- an undertaking projected to cost $5-7 million per year to hire and train up to 60 faculty in the field of Big Data.

undergraduate-big-data-degreeUnder the Discovery Themes initiative headed by the provost, the interdisciplinary major will cross departments from medicine, engineering, history, and the arts.

Discovery Themes will focus on three core issues: health and wellness, energy and environment, and food production and security.

Students will learn to use Big Data to address these...

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