Here is a great post by Trey Causey that will help us keep things in perspective with your project. Is this directed study a good start, yes. Will it be all that is needed, no way. Is it great to combine what you are learning through this directed study with what you are learning as a student earning a BS in exercise physiology, absolutely (keep in mind you have several highly research focused classes ahead of you (EP II, Research Methods, Exercise Prescription); can you easily take what you learn from this directed study and use it in a MS or PhD program to really be qualified as a data scientist – without question!
I can write software that would be good for somebody doing astronomy, says Gentleman, but it’s a lot better if someone doing astronomy writes software for other people doing astronomy. (emphasis added, substitute astronomy with exercise physiology)
Robert Gentlemen, statistician and one of the developers of R
As quoted in:
Programming tools: Adventures with R