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B.S. in Data Science Career Outcomes

Companies in every industry, such as tech, finance, healthcare, the service industry, and more, seek to create, use, or design data systems while making the most of their collected data to improve and grow. The skills you learn in the B.S. in Data Science program can be applied in many fields to roles such as data scientist, data manager, researcher, or developer.

Luddy students in 2019-20 were hired by more than 400 companies and organizations in sectors such as privacy and security, machine learning, statistical analysis, consulting, and more.

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From big data to cloud computing, from astronomy to sports, data science is the foundation of our data-driven future, and the demand for trained data scientists has never been higher.

Data Science Major Specializations

The broad, blended bachelor of data science curriculum offers degree specializations that help you build a skillset that matches your interests and is attractive to employers in this rapidly growing field. Our five degree tracks each open a range of in-demand career opportunities, refining your talents in an area of your interest and giving you an advantage in your future career path.

Along with choosing a data science specialization, adding a Luddy minor, such as a minor in statistics, IT, virtual reality, or computer science, can add value to your bachelor’s degree.

Choose to specialize in foundational data science to thoroughly understand the fundamental concepts of data science, from data analysis to the principles of machine learning, database concepts, algorithm design, statistical theory, and more.

If you’re interested in the design, implementation, and study of data systems, you might be interested in the data systems specialization. Embedded systems, cloud computing, distributed systems, and big data applications are just some of the areas of focus for data science majors specializing in data systems.

If you specialize your data science major in network and applied data science, you’ll learn the fundamentals of network science and data visualization, and apply your knowledge to a variety of areas such as big data, data mining, analytics, biology, and more.

Data science requires a bridge between people and technology. This specialization gives you the tools to explore the human-technology interface including design, visualization, collaborative technologies.

A new data-centric perspective of health has arisen: (1) people should own their health data (2) all data, from bio-molecular to electronic health records should be integrated to produce better outcomes, drive down cost, and make healthcare equitable. Students in the biological and health science track learn how to combine data with the natural sciences to improve healthcare outcomes and our understanding of the world.

Data Science Research Opportunities

Opportunities to join faculty and other students on real research projects add experience to your resume, opening career opportunities before you graduate. Luddy’s data science research programs conduct boundary-pushing work at more than five research centers, including the Center for Bioinformatics Research and the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center.

Explore the Luddy Living Learning Center

The Luddy Living Learning Center (LLC) is a living space designed to connect first-year, tech-loving Luddy students of different disciplines and various interests. Explore the LLC’s high-tech makerspaces and opportunities for trips and guest speakers.

Luddy Student Organizations

Several student organizations enrich the IU Bloomington campus, from clubs for future entrepreneurs to clubs discussing ethics in tech. Explore Luddy’s student organizations for one that interests you, like the Data Science Club.

Advising and Student Resources

Whether you’re already a data science undergraduate student or you are an undeclared major at IU, Luddy advisors are here to help you chart your path to tomorrow. Our advisors will help you understand data science degree requirements, learn about unique academic opportunities like the Global Lab exchange program in South Korea, and meet your personal goals.

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Undergraduate Scholarships and Aid

Whether you’re directly admitted to the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering or you’re applying as an exploratory IU undergraduate student, you can manage the cost of tuition and fees through federal financial aid or scholarships. Review information about tuition cost and financial aid, and explore scholarships for new Luddy students.

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