Data Analytics Major (B.S.)
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.
College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
Data Analytics is the practice of using data to drive strategy and decision-making. Data analysts use cutting-edge statistical and technological tools to discover trends and predict outcomes in nearly every sphere of contemporary life, including healthcare, social media, education, public policy, business, politics, climate change, criminal justice, insurance, travel, and recreation.
The defining characteristic of the interdisciplinary Data Analytics major is the explicit emphasis that statistical, computational, and context-specific knowledge jointly contribute to effective data analysis. Hence, the purpose of the Data Analytics major is three-fold:
- To equip students with the statistical and computational tools to conduct meaningful data analyses;
- To provide students with the disciplinary-specific context to articulate and comprehend the meaningful data analytic questions within a domain;
- To encourage students to develop their skills to effectively communicate data-driven insights.
Data Analytics Minor
Specifically the minor will offer courses from CISC department (statistics and computer science), OPMT (Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Econ (Economics).