The Data Science program is part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

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Bachelor of Science in 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.

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.

Stand Out in courses like

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


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.

The data science specialization integrates math, statistics and computer science to prepare students for employment in this rapidly expanding field.

Internships and Careers

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.

Go Far in your career

  • Business
  • Consumer Research
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Insurance

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.

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The Data Science program is part of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in data science will be able to:

  • Understand what mathematics and statistics are, how they are done, and how they relate to other disciplines;
  • Use the language of mathematics and statistics to communicate basic ideas, techniques, and results;
  • Objectively and critically evaluate information and assess performance using different methods of data science;
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the beauty, utility and impact of mathematics and statistics;
  • Apply data science problem-solving techniques in novel situations;
  • Use appropriate technology to attack a wide variety of data science tasks successfully.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

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Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The data science program does not lead to professional licensure.

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* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 03/04/2021 03:53PM