At A Glance

Carthage data science majors learn how to analyze, interpret, and visualize data effectively while refining their ability to communicate results to non-technical audiences. The modern world is overflowing with data, and gaining insights from it can improve decision-making, increase profits, optimize processes, or benefit a higher cause.

Major

  • Data Science

Minor 

  • Data Science

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Consisting largely of mathematics and computer science courses, the interdisciplinary major also carves out room for concentrations so students can apply their quantitative knowledge to fields like environmental science, business, and health care.

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Courses You’ll Take

A sampling of required and elective courses in data science:

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Linear Algebra
  • Data Science Portfolio
  • Statistics
  • Business Ethics
  • Database Design and Management


Original Research

Research is built into the Carthage experience through the required senior thesis and options such as the paid Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Students from the department often give presentations at professional conferences or publish their work in math journals and magazines.


Beyond the Classroom

The Data Science Club, Mathematics Club, Computer Science Club, and the campus chapter of honorary society Pi Mu Epsilon are popular among these majors. Students can also compete in a math quiz show called Face Off!

See student organizations popular with data science majors