Data Analytics combines statistical methods, programming skills, and deep knowledge in a field of application to extract meaning from large, unstructured or complex data sets with the goal of informing policy, decisions or scholarly research. Students select a concentration in one of four areas of application: Bioinformatics, Geospatial Analytics, Social Data Analytics, and Sport Analytics. A major in data analytics layers field-specific content knowledge on a strong foundation of tools for data management, programming solutions, and statistical modeling. An ever-broadening expanse of data informs discussion in the public sphere and pushes the frontiers of knowledge in all areas of scientific and human inquiry. In-depth analysis of complex data shapes operations and effectiveness in communities, government, health, and nonprofit organizations while fueling innovation in business and industry. The major in Data Analytics provides the skills and knowledge needed to investigate and understand trends, connections, preferences, and influences.
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Curriculum and Courses
Data Analytics majors take a core curriculum of six introductory and intermediate courses in statistics, computer programming, mathematics, ethics, and professional communication. These courses provide the foundation needed for the successful application of Data Analytics in any field or career. Data Analytics majors also take a concentration of six courses up through the advanced level in a selected area of application or focus. The concentrations instill students with an in-depth understanding of the goals and important questions of a specific discipline, with an emphasis on how data analysis tools reveal structure and patterns of interest.
Employer demand for Data Analytics cuts across all types of organizations. The first two years of technical training expand opportunities for internships. The hands-on application of those skills in later advanced courses opens doors to career options as an analyst and problem solver in companies, research organizations, and government agencies. And the powerful combination of technical skills with a broad liberal education strengthens applications to graduate and professional schools.
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