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Data Science (A.S.)

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Use the power of data to help business, government and society make better decisions.

Data analyst, data scientist, actuary, statistician, financial/business analyst, risk analyst, credit analyst– the list of great careers for data science is long and growing. The data science program prepares students to use the power of data to help organizations of all sorts and society as a whole to make better decisions. Students learn to use mathematics, statistics and computational tools to analyze data and learn to communicate the results of their analysis in order to produce the greatest positive impact. Based on the courses completed, the data science major will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework towards the B.S. in data science, B.S. in mathematics with data science specialization or many bachelor's degree programs in the applied, social or natural sciences that can be enhanced by additional data science focus. Graduates are also prepared for such jobs as statistical programmers, data managers, data analyst and financial/business/credit analyst.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are an analytical, logical thinker.
  • Are curious and enjoy solving problems.
  • Enjoy an intellectual challenge.
  • Want your work to make a difference.
  • Want to be valuable to a wide range of potential employers.

Career Opportunities

  • Data analyst
  • Statistical programmer
  • Statistical assistant
  • Financial/business/credit analyst
  • Project coordinator

Internship Opportunities

  • Daktronics
  • Dacotah Bank
  • Premier Bankcard
  • United Healthcare

Clubs and Organizations

  • Math Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.