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Data Science (B.S.)

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 of all sorts, and learn to communicate the results of their analysis in order to produce the greatest positive impact.  Graduates are prepared for any post-graduation outcome including immediate entry into the professional world or further study in a pursuit of a M.S. in Data Science.

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 scientist
  • Predictive analyst
  • Statistician
  • Financial/business analyst
  • Risk analyst

Recent Employers

  • Amazon
  • First Bank and Trust
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Microsoft
  • Sanford Health
  • Weather Analytics

Internship Opportunities

  • CAPITAL Card Services
  • Daktronics
  • Midland National Life
  • Premier Bankcard
  • Sanford Health

Suggested Minors

  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Computer Science
  • Informatics

Clubs and Organizations

  • Math Club

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.