Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Option C - Data Science & Statistics


YouTube button Data Science is one of the most attractive options that combines data analysis with mathematics. If you are seeking a career in computational mathematics or data science this option is for you!

Data Science is emerging as a new interdisciplinary field, exploiting both theory and experimentation in data analysis. It is now clearly recognized as a distinct intellectual and technological discipline lying at the intersection of applied mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Data Science is, in part, data management and computationally-intensive data analysis based on scientific computing methods. There has been a significant growth in the volume of scientific data from experiments and observations, large-scale simulations, and large networks of sensors. Incorporating vast amounts of data into scientific applications often relies on mathematics, computer science, and statistics techniques, which have become essential tools in computational and data sciences. 

Our Data Science and Statistics Option provides the mathematics and computer science foundation to professional development, as well as  training in Probability and Statistics, Modeling and Simulations, Numerical methods, Data Mining, predictive Analytics, Database Applications and Management, basics of Experimental Design.


Curriculum in option C is focused on the modern expectations of educational requirements for a data scientist. Sample Degree Program 

Our Students                                                                                              Athena Bruner August 2021

Meet Athena Bruner: Mathematics major optioning in Data Science and Statistics. Athena is a senior planning to graduate Fall 21. For her academic excellence Athena has been awarded multiple scholarships. 

I enjoy being a little sponge when it comes to knowledge. It is my long term goal to never stop learning something new!

In addition to being an excellent student, Athena used every opportunity to gain real life experiences.  In the past, Athena had an internship with John Deere in Authoring. She also worked in the WIU athletic business office. Last year Athena interned at Mathnasium in Bettendorf: 

It was a wonderful experience to work with children, and bring meaning to their education.

Currently, Athena is interning in Muscatine, IA at Lee Agency Ins. 

 I have learned so much though through all of the opportunities I've been welcomed into. I will be graduating after this fall semester. I am hoping to create a career with Lee Agency and work as their financial analyst for the sales division.

Learn More About Data Science

There are multiple resources on the web that can introduce you to this exciting, dynamic, and growing field. Follow the link below to learn about Data Science Careers, Resources, Tools, and more:

The videos posted at the links below will give you a quick look at what it means to be a Data Scientist: