Data Science, BS


At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: Substantial program math intensity substantial
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I

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The shortage of data analysts in the U.S. is growing. In this high-demand field, you'll be able to impact the world in areas such as predicting consumer behavior, detecting fraud, improving manufacturing processes and analyzing medical images. Data science has exciting applications to any industry.

Program Description

Data science uses sophisticated mathematical, statistical and computational tools to extract patterns from large, complex and often unordered data sets. The BS program in data science prepares students to be critical analysts in a variety of areas, such as business, research and government.

With a mathematical core consisting of linear algebra, statistical inference and classification, data mining, machine learning and associated computer methods, students leave the program with a strong background in data-related skills that are useful in understanding and solving practical issues.

This transdisciplinary program allows students to choose a focus area in:

  • behavioral sciences
  • biosciences
  • business analytics
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • social sciences
  • spatial sciences

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission


Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.


Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.


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Career Outlook

Glassdoor.com ranks data scientist at No. 2 on its list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. The McKinsey Global Institute projects a shortage of qualified workers with deep analytical skills.

Graduates of the data science program possess skills related to data analysis, data prediction models and ethical uses of research data, helping them to meet the expressed needs of society. Graduates work in a variety of fields, including governmental research, education, health services, consumer behavior and business.

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. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Bioinformatics Scientists


  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 87300

Bioinformatics Technicians


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: 71700
  Bright Outlook

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

Biochemists and Biophysicists


  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 103810
  Bright Outlook

Software Developers


  • Growth: 25.7%
  • Median Salary*: 127260
  Bright Outlook

Statisticians


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

Urban and Regional Planners


  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 79540

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



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With more than 300 Global Education program opportunities available to them, data science students are able to tailor their experience to their unique interests and skill sets. Whether in a foreign country, in the U.S. or online, students build communication skills, learn to adapt and persevere, and are exposed to research and internships across the world, increasing their professional network.

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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