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Bachelor's Degree in Data Science

Why Earn Your Data Science Degree at Saint Leo University?

Data Science is a degree program that prepares students for our new and increasingly data-driven society. The data in our world is currently estimated to be doubling at a rate of every two years. This means that in the next two years alone, the amount of data generated will be equivalent to all of the data that currently exists. Students in data science will acquire a background in mathematics, computer science and statistics along with subject matter from a cognate area such as psychology. Successful students will learn programming in current data science languages such as Python and R as well as being introduced to topics such as Big Data, Data Visualization, and Regression Analysis.

The data in our world is currently estimated to be doubling at a rate of every two years. This means that in the next two years alone, the amount of data generated will be equivalent to all of the data that currently exists. Data Science is a degree program that prepares students for our new and increasingly data-driven world. This preparation includes an appropriate background in mathematics, computer science and statistics along with subject matter from an appropriate cognate area such as psychology. Successful students will learn programming in current data science languages such as Python and R as well as being introduced to topics such Big Data, Data Visualization, Regression Analysis and other topics in Applied Statistics.

Learning Experience:
Campus
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Undergraduate Data Science Program Details

This degree is a unique combination of mathematics and computer science. Students will gain appropriate programming experience in R or Python along with some experience in a subject matter field such as Psychology, Biology, or another area. The goals of the program are to give participants a solid background in Mathematics with training in statistical programming (using R or Python) so that they are ready for entry level data science or analyst positions. Alternatively, students will be well positioned to begin graduate level studies in mathematics, data science or similar programs. 

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your data science degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering data science degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • How will you gain real experience?

    Classroom learning is only part of the data science degree program at Saint Leo University. We also know the value of hands-on experience. That is why internships and research projects are built into the curriculum. Saint Leo has a strong relationship with many internship organizations across the country, including Boys & Girls Club and Head Start.

    Plus, our Career Services center is always available to help connect you with a variety of other experiential learning opportunities to fit your individual career goals.

What can you do with an undergraduate data science degree?

Small class sizes and an intimate learning environment make Saint Leo University an attractive place to learn data science. Additionally, data science as a field is well positioned for the modern job market. According to new data from glassdoor.com, “data scientist is the highest paying entry level job in the US this year with a median base salary of $95,000”. They have also ranked it as the best job in America for four consecutive years (May 2019).

Data scientists are currently sought after by companies such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, Salesforce, Wayfair, Zillow, and a wide range of other companies. Data science at Saint Leo University provides a pathway to this career field with the experience of a program structured according to a traditional liberal arts college education.

What are the top data science degree jobs?

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Data and Analytics Manager
  • Data Mining Specialist
  • Statistician
  • Database Administrator

College of Arts & Sciences

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.

    Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

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