Online Bachelor of Science in Data Science
Combine your passions for mathematics, computer science and data analysis with an online Bachelor of Science in data science. In this program, you’ll acquire skills that’ll prepare you for solving practical issues in high-demand, lucrative roles.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Prepare for a career in data science
Data science is an interdisciplinary area between statistics, mathematics and computer science. This degree prepares you to be a critical analyst and user of data in a variety of areas such as business, research and government.
This program also focuses on the ethical production and use of data. Utilizing cutting-edge trends in data, you’ll gain a strong mathematics background to understand how it works. You’ll learn from esteemed faculty who are performing their own research in the areas of probability, statistics, scientific computing, applied math and more.
Designed to support your career goals, you can choose a focus in one of six specific areas of data science, comprising 18 credit hours. Available tracks include:
- Behavioral science: This track positions you for data science careers centered on human behaviors and attitudes, cognitive science, human development and medicine. It also prepares you for graduate training in quantitative psychology, human development, education and biostatistics.
- Bioscience: In this track, you’ll learn how to apply computational skills to life sciences research.
- Business analytics: This track teaches you how to be an effective data scientist within a business environment.
- Computer science: In this track, you’ll build enhanced programming and data skills, with a focus on information assurance.
- Mathematics: This track provides a broad set of data science skills. In addition to providing you a solid background in statistics and computational and applied math required for solving engineering problems, this track also trains you for practical solutions regarding databases, agricultural and environmental data, and more.
- Social science: This track provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand and analyze how macro-scale patterns of organization and social structures emerge from individual behavior and decentralized decision-making.
- Spatial science: This track offers you a unique angle for analyzing the world with geospatial big data that’s being generated in real-time today.
What data science skills will I learn?
You’ll develop data-related skills beneficial to solving practical issues in a variety of fields. You’ll learn how modern science and technology use sophisticated mathematical, statistical and computational tools to extract patterns from large, complex and often unordered data sets. You’ll also become proficient in:
Featured data science courses
Courses in this program center around programming, data analytics and modeling. There’s also a strong focus on mathematics, consisting of linear algebra, statistical inference and classification, data mining, machine learning and associated computer methods.
CSE 110: Principles of Programming (CS)
CSE 205: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (CS)
DAT 250: Data Science and Society
DAT 300: Mathematical Tools for Data Science
DAT 301: Exploring Data in R and Python
DAT 401: Statistical Modeling and Inference for Data Science
DAT 402: Machine Learning for Data Science
What jobs can I get with a data science degree?
From predicting consumer behavior to extracting information from medical images, you’ll graduate ready for a dynamic career that inspires global change.
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
Join a school reputed for data analysis and mathematics
In the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, our faculty and scholars adapt to new challenges and make impactful research contributions while educating the global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Students hail from around the world and from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. This diversity in experience and perspectives leads to impactful conversations and research. Of 890+ students, 33% are female, 26% are Pell Grant eligible and 22% are the first in their families to attend a university.
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