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Why Study Data Science?

Big insights from big data

The emerging field of data science has been spurred by the development of increasingly powerful computer hardware and software capable of processing gigabytes of data. Data scientists draw on techniques from mathematics, computer science, and statistics to extract knowledge from empirical data, defined as data acquired through observation and experimentation.

As a student in the data science minor, you’ll learn how to formulate problems; design data collection strategies; process, analyze, and extract information from data; and use that information to make sound decisions. You’ll also become familiar with the social and ethical issues surrounding data science, and the code of conduct observed by data science professionals.

While you can combine this concentration with any major, it’s an especially good complement to majors in the sciences, and social science majors like business management, geography, and international development and social change.

Minimum number of courses to complete this concentration: 5-7

Requirements and Courses

Hands-On Learning

As a complement to this concentration, you can engage in a variety of related experiential learning opportunities, including internships, study abroad, and research.


A foundation in data science is an asset to those seeking careers in fields utilizing large amounts of quantitative data, like marketing, finance, technology, public health, and statistics.

Program Directors

Professor Li Han     Phone: 1-508-793-7344

Professor Michael Satz   Phone: 1-508 793 7396