Data Science and Analytics

Numbers tell stories but not everyone speaks the language.

As business moves deeper into the digital age, the need for curious and talented data scientists and analysts rapidly grows. Does data speak to you? Join this state-of-the-industry program and see where data can take you!

Ambrose Advantages

  • One-on-one faculty attention in small classes
  • Internships with industry-leading companies
  • Practice ethical data curation
  • Accomplished faculty published in premier data journals

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We'll help you develop the skills to journey into the fascinating world of data. St. Ambrose cultivates relationships with internship partners who are as focused as we are in creating an experiential learning process that makes you workplace ready. St. Ambrose programs also stay true to our mission core values and the importance of enriching lives through honest work.

More Information on Data Science and Analytics

What will I learn?

Your exploration through the science of numbers will include courses in probability and statistics; statistical modeling with data analysis; computer science; advanced math; and in your last year, a project-based capstone that will amplify your experiential learning opportunities.

Throughout your undergraduate studies, you will learn how to think with data and apply statistical concepts and computing to convert data into solutions and insight. Studying data science at SAU means when you arrive at a conclusion, you'll always consider ethical and socioeconomic implications.

This critical insight is essential to industries and companies that use big data to inform their decisions.

Pairing your Data Science and Analytics major with a second major that builds similar skills helps you get the most out of college. A double major in industrial engineering, computer science, or mathematics can be an excellent choice.

What are some possible careers?

A degree in Data Science and Analytics will make you a very sought-after employee.

Although finance/insurance, professional services, and IT hire the most data scientists, many industries – from healthcare to retail – will need your expertise. In fact, by 2024 the U.S. won't have enough data science and analytics professionals; we'll have a shortage of about 250,0001.

Your salary matches demand: fresh out of college with only a bachelor's degree, you could earn between $75,000 to $80,000 working in this field. In fact, the average salary is around $100,000.2

1McKinsey Global Institute


Tim Gillespie, PhD, Assoc. Professor and Chair

Il Woo Cho, PhD, Professor
Junyi Dong, PhD, Asst. Professor
Michael Kiss, Visiting Instructor
Lisa Thimm, MS, Lecturer

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics (45 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

View Data Science and Analytics courses in the online course catalog

MATH 191 Calculus I, 4 credits
MATH 192 Calculus II, 4 credits
MATH 220 Introduction to Logic and Proof
MATH/CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
MATH 290 Linear Algebra
MATH/STAT 300 Probability and Statistics
MATH/STAT 301 Statistical Modeling
MATH/STAT 305 Advanced Data Science
MATH/STAT 306 Ethics of Data Analysis
MATH/STAT 390 Mathematical Programming
CSCI 195 Object-Oriented Programming I
CSCI 295 Object-Oriented Programming II
CSCI 360 Database Management
MATH/STAT 391 Capstone, 1 credit

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Tim Gillespie, Asst. Professor

Math and Statistics Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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