Data Science

Insights & data-driven solutions

Our data science major combines robust foundations in computer science, mathematics and statistics with a wide range of technical skills and experiences in data management, collection, analysis and visualization. Along the way, students gain knowledge of Python, Java, C, structured query language (SQL), R and Tableau, as well as the theoretical knowledge to use those skills effectively.

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

CSCI 2300 Data Structures & Algorithms
Explore algorithm design, analysis and implementation. Topics include specialized trees and graphs, advanced searching and sorting, priority queues, complexity analysis and algorithm design techniques.
QMGT 4000 Collecting & Analyzing Data
Gain foundations in importing and analyzing data using R. The course emphasizes skills to facilitate data collection from multiple sources, as well as importing, cleaning and efficiently analyzing the data.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Data Science, B.S.
A Bachelor of Science in Data Science gives students the skills, tools and experiences to draw insights and meaning from data. Learn to make intelligent, data-driven decisions to guide business and industry.

Minor in Data Science

36% Expected Growth in Data Science Jobs

Data science jobs are projected to grow 36% by 2031, much faster than other occupations' average.*

Impact companies & the planet.

From automating processes to climate modeling, improving crop yields to fighting cancer, data scientists lead smart change.

Career path flexibility.

Data science is used in all industries. Take your degree and apply it to the industry important to you. Pursue your passion.
*United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

Our distinctive strengths

At Millsaps, we take data science a step further. We go beyond typical computer-focused classes. By combining computer science, mathematics, economics and business administration, our data science graduates are ready to bring a broader skillset to help business and industry find the data-driven insights they need.
  • Learn how to represent the world with virtual data objects through a process of datafication.
  • Extract insights and facilitate new discoveries about the world by studying these data objects.
  • Create artificially intelligent systems that align harmoniously with human intelligence to perform tasks.

Gain hands-on experience

Data science majors will have several hands-on opportunities including a capstone project, internships, honors projects, portfolio development and more. Students will have the opportunity to gain real-world experience that gives them the ability to move theories into action.

Pathways

Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

Study Abroad

Summer- and winter-term field courses are offered on a regular basis. Check out opportunities that will broaden your learning experience at Millsaps.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi
  • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
  • Amazon
  • Southern Farm Bureau

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Data engineer
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Data consultant
  • Data visualization specialist
  • Research scientist

Related Areas of Study

  • Actuarial Science
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Self-Designed Major

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