Data Science Bachelor's Degree

The field of data science has emerged in response to the increased data abundance in industry, science, and engineering. The total amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed globally is forecast to increase rapidly, reaching 64.2 zettabytes in 2020. Through 2025, global data creation is projected to grow to more than 180 zettabytes.

A Broad-based Education

The Michigan Tech Data Science B.S. program delivers a broad-based education in data science fundamentals, data mining, predictive analytics, communication, and ethics. You'll will gain a competitive edge through a technical focus area in software engineering, cybersecurity, statistics, or business technology. And you'll have the freedom to explore and develop your own interests in one or more domains.

What is Data Science?

Data scientists use data to extract insights and develop strategies for business and industry. Using tools and technology such as data analysis/modeling, human-machine interaction and algorithm, data scientists ask and answer questions like, what happened, why did it happen, what will happen, and how can the data be used for planning and decision-making. At the crossroads of several disciplines, the multidisciplinary field also incorporates principles and practices from mathematics, statistics, artificial intelligence, computer engineering, and business expertise

Is Data Science Right for Me?

Data science professionals are well-rounded, data-driven individuals with high-level technical skills. They are capable of building complex quantitative algorithms to organize and synthesize large amounts of information in order to answer questions and drive strategy in their organization. High school students interested in becoming data scientists should take classes in subjects such as linear algebra, calculus, and probability, and statistics.

A Respected, Well-paid Career

Data science is a rapidly growing field. Accordingly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts 36% growth in employment for data scientists from 2021 to 2031. The median annual wage for data scientists was $100,910 in May 2021.

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Career Opportunities

Michigan Tech graduates work in all kinds of great positions, including some of the following:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Architect
  • Machine Learning Scientist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Data Storyteller
  • Database Administrator

Great Jobs and Great Employers

Michigan Tech graduates land jobs at cutting-edge, Fortune 500 companies like the following.

  • Adobe Systems
  • AMD
  • Apple
  • Battle Creek Public Schools
  • Capital One
  • Fannie Mae
  • Ford Motor
  • GE Aviation
  • Google
  • IBM Corporation
  • Intel
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Texas Instruments
  • US Department of Defense

Ready to take the next step?

Learn more about studying data science at Michigan's flagship technological university.

Enterprise, Only at Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech Enterprises are student-run business teams providing end-to-end original product development through real-world experiences in engineering design, team building, and project management. Enterprise teams work under the direction of a faculty advisor. Students from across campus participate in Enterprise program teams. 

  • Students in the Husky Game Development Enterprise design and develop games for business, education, and fun. Earn credit, gain experience, and build your resume, all while creating quality software that will attract and satisfy industry sponsors. Who says you can’t work and play?
  • Humane Interface Design Enterprise (HIDE) students design, develop, and evaluate human-centered computer interfaces to make daily work more efficient and easier to manage. 
  • IT Oxygen Enterprise students—from numerous majors—provide Information Technology help to both student organizations and businesses, working on real projects for real companies that foster skills in development, problem-solving, and business.

Computing[MTU] — The future needs you.

Try to imagine a world without computers everywhere. For better or worse, the genie is out of the bottle and computing, connectivity, and artificial intelligence have become critically ingrained in nearly every aspect of modern life. This is the world that needs the College of Computing.

Founded in 2019, the College of Computing is one of the first colleges in the nation—and the only college in Michigan—to focus solely on computing.  Digital transformation has morphed every discipline into a computing discipline, and industries like manufacturing, criminal justice, marketing, and health care are all being reinvented by digital technologies. The College of Computing is making sure that today's and tomorrow's employers have the computing talent they need to thrive in this brave new world.

Supercharge your future and meet the demands of a technology-driven society at a flagship public research university powered by science, technology, engineering, and math. Graduate with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to succeed in tomorrow's high-tech world.

Undergraduate Majors—Computer Science

Not sure which major is the right fit? Explore Michigan Tech majors and minors.
Or, start with our General Computing program and give yourself time to decide.

I have  been exposed to new uses of my computer and its software that I had never thought of.

Carter Kowitz, 1st Year Data Science BS major
Carter Kowitz
Data Science BS major