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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, meaning you will learn to use statistical and computational tools needed for data analysis while asking meaningful data-centered questions. You will also choose an area of expertise, or "domain" as we call it, to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world problems. 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 Course Requirements
  • Minor Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • The data analytics major through the College of Arts and Sciences focuses on three areas. First, you will get rigorous training in statistics and computer science, ensuring you are equipped to engage data-driven questions. Next, you will focus on a specific area of interest called a domain, completing 16 to 20 credits in that field. Finally, you will complete coursework in professional writing and communication so you can effectively communicate the results of your analyses.

    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

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

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

    The Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving incoming students. St. Thomas will offer two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.

    Major Course Requirements

    The data analytics major through the College of Arts and Sciences focuses on three areas. First, you will get rigorous training in statistics and computer science, ensuring you are equipped to engage data-driven questions. Next, you will focus on a specific area of interest called a domain, completing 16 to 20 credits in that field. Finally, you will complete coursework in professional writing and communication so you can effectively communicate the results of your analyses.

    Minor Course Requirements

    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)

    Scholarships

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

    The Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving incoming students. St. Thomas will offer two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.
    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.

    Focused

    We help you gain the essential skills companies are seeking in employees. You will be ready for the next chapter of your life after St. Thomas.

    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 10 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.