Our Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Data Science degree gives students the skills, tools, and experiences to make intelligent, data-driven decisions and draw conveyable meaning from data sets, positioning them for data science careers in nearly every industry imaginable.
Bachelor's Degree in Data Science
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Our daily lives generate more data than ever before. Earning a bachelor’s degree in data science provides the mathematical, programming, and analytical skills needed to create and improve the data systems of many types of organizations.
Data scientists change the world. Whether it’s developing policies in response to climate change, helping local governments prepare for natural disasters, transforming businesses through improved logistics, feeding the hungry, preventing car accidents or crime, or changing the way sports teams scout players, majoring in data science qualifies students for a multitude of interesting career paths.
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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.
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.
Data Science Degree Requirements
Luddy’s B.S. in Data Science curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to data science, ensuring students have essential programming knowledge, can conduct both quantitative and qualitative analysis, and can successfully communicate complex ideas in classroom and professional environments.
Full degree requirements, including specialization courses and honors options, can be found in the IU Academic bulletin representing the year you entered IU.
Luddy’s data science program is a collaborative effort with the College of Arts and Science and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Along with the B.S. in Data Science, Luddy offers minors, certificates, and graduate data science degrees.
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.
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.
Take the Next Step to Earning a B.S. in Data Science
With our Bachelor of Science in Data Science degree, graduates are equipped with the creative and technical skills they need to succeed in all domains of data science, not only their specialization. If you’re interested in starting your data science career, request information about the B.S. in Data Science and learn how to apply to IU Bloomington.