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Geodata Science for Professionals Master's Program Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

The Geodata Science Program at Purdue

Employers seek in today’s advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics workforce skills in analytics and data science, including Big Data (Denecke, D. et al. 2017, Council of Graduate Schools). In the United States, geoscience curricula are in general not designed to capitalize on the digital revolution, especially the enormous growth in data science.  There has been a disconnect between the jobs of the future and the curricula of the present.  Data science is highly technical and requires rigorous preparation in mathematics, statistics and computing skills. Specifically, in the context of geosciences, data science applied with the goal of improving understanding of causal relations in the physical system also promotes better predictions, therefore risk assessments.

In response to the Purdue campus-wide data-science initiatives and the College of Science strategic plan, EAPS is prioritizing data-science training, with applications to climate, weather forecasting, environmental science, natural resource, and energy data for decision-support or decision-making in the public and private sectors. In the process, the EAPS personnel will engage in campus-wide interdisciplinary data-driven research.  A key outgrowth of this initiative is the EAPS MS Concentration of Geodata Science for Professionals (GDSP), integrating rigorous academic coursework, high-performance big data-science computing environments such as Hadoop systems and GPU computing, with real-life research and work experiences.

GDSP Program 2019-2020 Recruiting Flyer (2.6 MB pdf file, click to downlod)

Fall 2019 Application Full Submission Deadline: March 15, 2019
Spring 2020 Application Full Submission Deadline: October 15, 2019

GDSP Advisory Committee

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