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Data Analytics

Organizations need to wrestle with a tremendous amount of data on a daily basis. The data analytics major and minor at the University of St. Thomas prepares you to be a leader who can solve big problems using big data. You will gain tools to perform meaningful data analyses while developing needed communication skills to articulate important strategic decisions.

Why Study Data Analytics at St. Thomas?

The data analytics major through the College of Arts and Sciences utilizes a unique interdisciplinary approach. You will choose an area of expertise, or "domain" as we call it, while developing the statistical and computational skills and knowledge you will need to ask meaningful data-centered questions about your particular area of interest at the same time. The data analytics minor through the Opus College of Business will enrich your degree with this five-course, 20-credit interdisciplinary minor.

Solving Real Problems

  • Major Overview
  • Minor Overview
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Domains
  • Major Overview

    The data analytics major through the College of Arts and Sciences focuses on three areas that work together. You will choose a domain consisting of 16 to 20 credits in a particular area of interest that will inform your statistical and computational knowledge throughout your time at St. Thomas. You will also receive rigorous training in statistics and computer science at the same time, ensuring you are equipped to engage with data-driven questions in your domain. Finally, you will complete coursework in professional writing and communication so you can effectively communicate the results of your analyses.

    Minor Overview

    The data analytics minor through the Opus College of Business is comprised of three core courses that serve as the foundation for the rest of your undergraduate career at St. Thomas:

    • STAT 220 Statistics I 
    • OPMT 320 Decision Analysis 
    • OPMT 470 Applied Analytics & Data Visualization

    Choose one computer and information sciences course:

    • CIST 200 Intro to Computer Technology and Business Applications 
    • CISC 131 Intro to Programming & Problem Solving

    Choose one statistics or economics course:

    • STAT 333 Applied Statistical Methods 
    • STAT 320 Statistics II 
    • ECON 311 Forecasting 
    • ECON 315 Introduction to Econometrics

    Four-Year Plan

    The four-year plan varies depending on your domain. Some fields will require you to begin taking courses early in your college career to finish in four years. You can engage most domains later in your undergraduate career, though. Regardless, you will take math, statistics and computer science courses in your first two years. You will use these tools in domain-specific courses later in your college career.

    Degree Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics (College of Arts and Sciences)
    Minor in Data Analytics (Opus College of Business)

    Major Domains

    There are 13 potential domains of interest you can choose from as part of the data analytics major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    • Actuarial Science
    • American Politics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • Environmental Science
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Geology
    • Information Systems
    • Physics
    • Public Health
    • Sociology

    Major Overview

    Major Overview

    The data analytics major through the College of Arts and Sciences focuses on three areas that work together. You will choose a domain consisting of 16 to 20 credits in a particular area of interest that will inform your statistical and computational knowledge throughout your time at St. Thomas. You will also receive rigorous training in statistics and computer science at the same time, ensuring you are equipped to engage with data-driven questions in your domain. Finally, you will complete coursework in professional writing and communication so you can effectively communicate the results of your analyses.

    Minor Overview

    Minor Overview

    The data analytics minor through the Opus College of Business is comprised of three core courses that serve as the foundation for the rest of your undergraduate career at St. Thomas:

    • STAT 220 Statistics I 
    • OPMT 320 Decision Analysis 
    • OPMT 470 Applied Analytics & Data Visualization

    Choose one computer and information sciences course:

    • CIST 200 Intro to Computer Technology and Business Applications 
    • CISC 131 Intro to Programming & Problem Solving

    Choose one statistics or economics course:

    • STAT 333 Applied Statistical Methods 
    • STAT 320 Statistics II 
    • ECON 311 Forecasting 
    • ECON 315 Introduction to Econometrics

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    The four-year plan varies depending on your domain. Some fields will require you to begin taking courses early in your college career to finish in four years. You can engage most domains later in your undergraduate career, though. Regardless, you will take math, statistics and computer science courses in your first two years. You will use these tools in domain-specific courses later in your college career.

    Degree Awarded

    Degree Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics (College of Arts and Sciences)
    Minor in Data Analytics (Opus College of Business)

    Domains

    Major Domains

    There are 13 potential domains of interest you can choose from as part of the data analytics major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    • Actuarial Science
    • American Politics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Criminal Justice
    • Economics
    • Environmental Science
    • Geographic Information Systems
    • Geology
    • Information Systems
    • Physics
    • Public Health
    • Sociology
    A woman analyzing data visualizations on a computer screen.

    Career Paths

    We give you the tools to transform data into effective strategic outcomes. You can go down a variety of career paths with a degree in data analytics.

    • Data Analyst
    • Economist
    • Data Scientist
    • Marketing
    • Public Policy
    • Public Health

    A Unique Opportunity

    Our data analytics program is unique in its approach, pulling knowledge and experience from various fields to give students a different perspective on how to tackle big data.

    Interdisciplinary

    We build well-rounded and versatile graduates because of our approach to data analytics. Our program is one of the most interdisciplinary programs in the United States.

    Faculty Expertise

    What is your passion? No matter what that might be, you will have the opportunity to connect with faculty who share your interests with expertise in diverse fields.

    Gaining Invaluable Practical Experience

    Data analytics is in demand. You have unique opportunities to gain beneficial practical skills and experiences through your interactions with professors and fellow students.

    Computer and Information Sciences professor Erin Curran works with a student during a statistics class.

    Domains of Interest

    • There are 13 potential domains of interest for you to specialize in, representing diverse fields across the natural and social sciences. 
    • We are developing new domains to widen the offerings to more disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences and with other colleges and schools at St. Thomas. 
    Aristotle Fund co-managers Jorge Rivas (left) and Rebecca Renier (right) present some data.

    In Demand

    • Our program is in demand. Employers have been asking us to send them our graduates already!
    • This program is new and represents the future vision of programs at the University of St. Thomas. It is interdisciplinary and is designed to prepare you to be a leader in various fields.