Data Science (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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See your current field of study through a new lens. By becoming adept with specific data skills, you can make informed decisions about the world around you.

Program Description

A minor in data science provides students with skills in statistics, probability and coding in the context of large data sets. Students in this minor become useful consumers and producers of data. They understand and manipulate data sets to make conclusions and recommendations that can have an impact in real-world settings.

Program Requirements

The minor in data science consists of a minimum of 25 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be at the upper division level. A grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required for courses used in the minor.
Required Courses -- 25 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: N/A

Incompatible Majors: All majors in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Other Enrollment Requirements: N/A

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors.

A minor in data science can help students with mathematical, statistical and computational modeling; data analysis; programming; and critical thinking skills as they pursue careers in business, medicine, insurance and research (government and private sectors). The intent of this minor is to apply the skills learned into any academic field of study to enhance the understanding of an increasingly data-based society.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Business Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Clinical Data Managers

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Data Scientists

  • Growth: 35.2%
  • Median Salary*: 103500
  Bright Outlook

Financial Quantitative Analysts

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 73810
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 31.6%
  • Median Salary*: 98920
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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