Data Science

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Data Science is for students who are interested in processing information through data and statistics.

A relatively new field, data science has come into existence because of the massive amounts of data to manage and process in our information age. Students who choose Olivet's data science major will benefit from courses offered by both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science in the Walker School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They will learn to use computer techniques to access data and to use statistical techniques to analyze the data. Completing the degree requirements will prepare them for careers in the fields of big data, data analytics or business analytics.


Curriculum Highlights

Olivet's carefully designed curriculum includes required courses in mathematics, computer science and business, plus a required minor or second major to represent an area of application. Mathematics and computer science majors at Olivet develop innovative and problem-solving skills while preparing for their careers. They have opportunities to participate in competitions, present their research at conventions and meetings, and network with industry professionals. Quality learning and mentoring, combined with character development and leadership opportunities, consistently yield success for Olivet graduates.

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"Data science is now being called the hottest job in the United States," says Dr. Dale Hathaway, chair of Olivet's Department of Mathematics and program designer. "Employers are looking for analytic skills and abilities in their new hires. Students who have an interest and aptitude in quantitative areas, like data science, are in high demand and are receiving impressive salaries for their expertise."

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