Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Mathematics: Data Science

Data science is an interdisciplinary field that aims to manage and interpret complex and/or large volumes of data through different methods. Data science majors utilize data preparation, statistical methods, computer programming, predictive modeling, and machine learning to investigate problems.

Career - what can you do with a data science degree?

Part-time employment is available for undergraduates as tutors in the Learning Commons and the Math Emporium, a computer learning center within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers undergraduate research opportunities through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

The BGSU Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship  offers the possibility of summer research funding. Data science students are very competitive for summer internships and for full-time positions after graduation.

Career paths

  • Business
  • Consumer research
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance

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Quality classroom experiences

Data science is a specialization of the mathematics major that integrates math, statistics, and computer science. Beginning with calculus, all mathematics courses are taught in small sections to ensure an appropriate level of personal attention. Data science students are quickly immersed answering real questions about real data.

Admissions Information

Students interested in the data science major should have four years of college preparatory mathematics in high school. While it is not necessary to take calculus in high school, the department offers an advanced placement program to receive credit for one or two calculus courses by taking the Advanced Placement Exam while in high school.


The data science specialization requires calculus, linear algebra, computer programming, probability and statistics, regression analysis, and courses on data manipulation and statistical learning. Data science majors learn techniques for data collection, manipulation, exploration and visualization using modern interactive programming systems. Students will complete a capstone experience working with real-life data to address questions in an applied discipline.

Required courses

data science students

Sample courses

  • Calculus & Analytic Geometry
  • Computing with Data
  • Linear Algebra
  • Statistical Programming

Updated: 03/07/2024 11:02AM