The new data science and applied data analytics programs are designed to meet the growing demand for data professionals across various industries, offering students a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills grounded in strong ethical standards.

Programs of Options

The data science major and the applied data analytics certificate stand out due to their interdisciplinary approach, integrating insights from mathematics, business, and computer science. Students will benefit from a curriculum that balances theory and practice, ensuring they are well-prepared to tackle real-world challenges with a foundation in ethical data use.

The data science major is intentionally slimmed down compared to similar programs in the region, allowing Concordia students the opportunity to pursue a second major or minor in an area that uses data such as math or a business program.

In addition to the new major and certificate, other data-centric program offerings include a computer science major with a data analytics concentration and a minor in data analytics. Note: Due to the significant overlap in coursework, students may not complete more than one of these programs.

The Offutt School of Business Difference

Data science is a joint program between the Offutt School of Business and the mathematics department, with students experiencing the advantage of courses from faculty in both the Offutt School and the School of Arts and Sciences. A Concordia education will produce qualified data science graduates who have the pedigree to get hired and the skillset to make an impact in their field on day one.

Riley Fiske ’25

Concordia’s data courses broadened my data-centric way of thinking and provided new perspectives on applying my skills. They encouraged me to use data models in various fields, leading to creative and unique conclusions through personalized, meaningful projects.

Learning Outcomes

Applied learning is demonstrated throughout all data courses, as real data sets and scenarios are used to illustrate the techniques for analyzing, visualizing, and communicating data. Students enrolled in these programs will develop:

  • Technical proficiency in gathering, aggregating, manipulating, and organizing data
  • Mathematical, statistical, and computer science skills to formulate and answer questions using data
  • Strong communication abilities to convey results of analyses in oral, written, and graphical form
  • Confidence to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of an analysis
  • A deep understanding of ethical considerations in handling data
  • Versatility in applying data science across multiple disciplines
  • Advanced problem-solving abilities

Beyond the Classroom

Students may join related clubs, such as the Computer Science Society or Math Club, to enhance their learning and networking opportunities.

Data Science Careers

Students who study data science may find jobs as junior data scientists, data analysts, business intelligence analysts, data engineers, market research analysts, data quality analysts, risk management analysts, and more.

Hired! Concordia data science graduates are employed by a variety of companies, including:

Global, Ethical, Entrepreneurial

Founded on the pillars of transformative leadership, global engagement, ethical decision-making, and an entrepreneurial mindset, the Offutt School of Business is dedicated to sending into society thoughtful and informed business leaders with a strong moral compass. Our students attend classes in a state-of-the-art facility and participate in cutting-edge curriculum that allows them to think critically and network globally.

Contact

Dr. Gregory Tanner

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics