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Data Science Major

Majoring in data science at Purdue will place you at the forefront of an emerging field and prepare you for an exciting career at the intersection of computer science and statistics.

Created jointly by Purdue’s Department of Computer Science and Department of Statistics, the data science major will open pathways to careers in virtually every area of society, from healthcare, security and sustainability to education, business and economics.

What is data science?

Data is extremely prevalent in today’s world. It’s being generated at all times, arriving from multiple sources at an alarming rate. Everything is generating data, from a farmer’s combine on the fields to a patient’s electronic medical records to the videos you watch on YouTube. 

Data experts say that 90 percent of the data that exists in the world today was created in the last two years. This growth in data shows no signs of slowing down. 

What’s more, we increasingly rely on data to tell us new things about the world. As “big data” has emerged, a new job market has developed with it: businesses in all sectors have realized that they need scientists with the technical knowledge and statistical abilities to analyze, manipulate and act on the available data, and then communicate their findings to the world. 

That’s where you come in.

What will I learn?

As a data science major, you’ll learn about key computational methods and statistical techniques and develop the deep analytical thinking skills you’ll need to reason reliably, intelligently and creatively from data.

Data Science Curriculum

Why major in data science?

  • Be in high demand by employers from all sectors. The average entry-level salary for data scientists is $86,000, and Glassdoor named the data scientist the #1 occupation on a recent “Best Jobs in America” list.
  • Learn state-of-the-art technology and deep analytical skills at a top-ranked university. Purdue was ranked the #4 public university by the Wall Street Journal. Its computer science program is consistently ranked in the top 20 by US News and World Report, and its statistics program is ranked #24.
  • Take your place in an emerging field with tremendous potential. Lots of data leads to lots of opportunity.

Learn more:

Email dsug@purdue.edu with questions about our data science undergraduate program.

Purdue Department of Statistics, 150 N. University St, West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: (765) 494-6030, Fax: (765) 494-0558

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