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Why Earn a Bachelor’s in Data Science at Indiana State?

Data science is one of the fastest-growing career fields, with excellent salaries and demand in a wide variety of industries.

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Gain the Knowledge and Skills Needed for Success

Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to collect, organize, visualize, and analyze data to find patterns, make decisions, and solve problems. Their work is valued because they are uniquely capable of analyzing data to enable organizations to accomplish their goals.

Indiana State’s bachelor’s in data science will prepare you for success in this dynamic career field. The program offers you a solid foundation, useful in a wide variety of roles, plus the opportunity for concentrated study focused on your interests and career goals. Concentrations are offered in Business Analytics, Geographic Information Science, Computer Science, and Bioinformatics.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

As a Data Science major, you will benefit from faculty who engage in cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, and who often include students in their projects. Findings are regularly presented at conferences. Small class sizes allow you to work one-on-one with your professors and collaborate with classmates on projects and interactive learning activities. Advisors work with you in the selection of your courses prior to registration each semester.

Department opportunities include student chapters of Pi Mu Epsilon (the honorary mathematics fraternity) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). With more than 100 highly accessible student organizations on campus, your experience at Indiana State University abounds with student leadership opportunities that complement your studies.

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What You’ll Learn in the Data Science Program

As a Data Science major, you will complete a core of required mathematics and computer science courses in areas such as calculus, statistics, linear algebra, database structuring, discrete mathematics, multiple regression and machine learning, and programming.

You will tailor the final part of your studies to meet your interests and career goals by completing a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Bioinformatics

Upon completion of the program, you will possess the essential skills needed for success, including analytical, computer, communication, logical thinking, math, and problem-solving skills.



Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Data Science Graduates

Data science is quickly becoming one of the most important fields of the 21st century. The amount of data produced and collected every day has the potential for a huge impact, but it requires people capable of working with both computers and numbers to translate that information into actionable insights.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data Scientist is one of the fastest-growing occupations, with a projected growth rate of 36% between 2021 and 2031. With such high demand, jobs are available in nearly every industry, including finance, business, communications, education, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Some of the most common career tracks include data analyst, data engineer, applications architect, business data analyst, database administrator, and marketing research analyst. In addition, a bachelor’s in data science is excellent preparation for graduate study in areas such as informatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, public health data science, and advanced educational leadership.

Maximize Your Experience at Indiana State

Explore our Honors College to learn how you can maximize your college experience with faculty mentors, undergraduate research, internships, and Honors housing. Students in the Honors College also enjoy opportunities to travel across the nation and abroad for conferences, service-learning trips, and immersive academic and cultural studies.

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