Data Science

IMPACT's Data Science Credential is aligned with industry-endorsed certification exams (e.g., CompTIA Data+) and provides extensive hands-on experience in data profiling, data quality assessments, data visualization, exploratory data analysis, data and web security, geographic information systems (GIS), data literacy, data documentation, data curation, and taxonomic principles

The IMPACT Data Science Credential was developed in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Chief Data Officer’s office and was designed to increase workforce capacity in the areas of data science and other high demand fields such as cybersecurity and geospatial intelligence. 

The Data Science Credential will focus on career-readiness with specific, transferrable, and measurable skills to empower learners with career advancing skills. 


Make an IMPACT

IMPACT draws upon Radford University's established Information Science program. It employs research-based practices from cognitive science, learning analytics, and scenario-based learning in every aspect of its training to ensure it is challenging, highly effective and engaging.

IMPACT is ready to support your Data Science training goals and become your Data Science workforce strategic partner.



Directly aligned with industry-endorsed certification exams (e.g., CompTIA Data+).



Online and self-paced program with hands-on learning activities for practical training.



Addresses the growing need for a data science talent pipeline and designed to jumpstart your career.

The content for the Data Science Credential is designed to:

  • Meet the growing need for a data science talent pipeline.
  • Allow working professionals to earn credits through competencies without requiring any prerequisites beyond a high school diploma.
  • Make learners ready to work in the Data Science community immediately upon certification.

Data Science Credential Content

The Data Science Credential consists of five courses:

Courses & Credits



CBIT 243 (3 credits)

Data Curation

Data Documentation; Data Curation; Taxonomic principles  

CBIT 343 (3 credits)

Data Quality and Visualization

Data Profiling, Data Quality Assessments, Data Visualization, and Exploratory Data Analysis

GEOS 125 (3 credits)

Introduction to Geospatial Data and Technology

Sources and Types of Geospatial Information, Geospatial Data Models, Fundamentals of Geodesic Science (e.g., geoid, ellipsoid, coordinate systems, heights, point positioning, datums), Metadata Requirements (e.g., metadata standards, geospatial standard organizations – Federal, Geospatial Data Committee), Exploring GIS and Remote Sensing Applications


CBIT 101 (3 credits)

Foundations of Cybersecurity

Goals of security; Fundamentals of cryptography and networking; Hardening of operating systems and networks; Introduction to hacking; Basic digital forensics; Linux command line and scripting (with Python and Perl)



CBIT 240 (3 credits)

Data and Web Security

Database management systems; Basic web technologies (HTML, client-side scripting); Database and web security; Data security and privacy; OWASP web security standards



Total credits




*Although our IMPACT training will help prepare you for professional certification exams, additional preparation may be necessary due to the complexity and proprietary nature of the respective exam content.

IMPACT is aligned with the CBE approach, which focuses on teaching specific job-related skills that are needed to perform a critical task in the workplace. The program will be delivered online in an asynchronous, self-paced manner and will be available at a fixed cost, regardless of the timeframe in which it is completed. Working professionals who successfully complete the program will earn 15 credit hours.

Request more information about the Data Science Credential through IMPACT

Now is the time to take the next step. Whether you are an employer looking to improve employee effectiveness and retention or an individual who wants to start a career in Data Science, IMPACT will take your career to the next level.

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