Data Science & Analytics

Our Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics program prepares students to change the world by harnessing the power of information. In fact, Data Science already impacts your world. It is the force behind everything from Facebook ads to personalized medicine.

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Data Science and Analytics, a field that also goes by the names of Data Science, Data Analytics, and Predictive Analytics — is also related to “Big Data”, “Machine Learning” or “Artificial Intelligence”. In the Bachelor’s in Data Science & Analytics degree program, students combine computer science, statistics and project management with in-depth knowledge of a specific discipline to become expert analysts. They then apply their expertise in the real world through internships that prepare them for exciting careers in their chosen field.

Why study Data Science & Analytics?

Big data has big opportunities. Technological advancement also creates new and exciting opportunities for those who use, analyze, and understand the ever-changing technology. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports enormous projected job growth in the field of mathematical science—as much as 27.9 percent from 2016 to 2026. Data Scientists are being employed in nearly every industry today, from social media to pharmacology to transportation and automation.

What will you learn?

Simmons’ Bachelor of Science in Data Science & Analytics consists of 63-67 credit hours. 43 of these credit hours are spent in required courses—see the list in the Program Requirements drop-down menu below—with the remaining 20–24 being filled by courses in your selected concentration.

Data Science & Analytics students choose from an impressive list of 14 concentrations—find them under Customize Your Program below—and can work with their advisor to accommodate their areas of interest within the Data Science & Analytics curriculum.

In addition to the classroom curriculum, Data Science & Analytics students also have numerous research and internship opportunities to gain real-world experience in the field. Find out more about pursuing an internship.

What can you do with a Bachelor’s degree in Data Science & Analytics?

Many careers opportunities exist for Data Science & Analytics degree holders. Depending on your chosen concentration, or area of expertise, career possibilities for Simmons graduates include:

  • Data Analyst
  • Big Data Engineer
  • Data Architect
  • Business Intelligence
  • Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Drug Discovery Scientist
  • Genomics/Epidemiologist
  • Data Warehouse Analyst
  • Social Science and Public Policy Analyst
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Meteorologist

Learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Data Science & Analytics!

Are you ready to pursue your Bachelor’s in Data Science & Analytics degree? Are you wondering if Simmons is right for you? Pay us a visit—it’s the best way to get a feel for what the Simmons community is all about. You can also request more information about the Data Science & Analytics program.

If you’d like to contact us, give the Admissions Office a call at 617-521-2051. Tell us where you want to go in your data science career—we’ll tell you how Simmons can make it happen.

Recent changes to this program will be updated here by late August. Please feel free to contact Anthony Scotina, Program Director for Data Science, at [email protected], if you have any questions.

The requirements for completing the 63–67 credit BS degree are as follows:

  • CS 112 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CS 214 Interoperability
  • CS 221 Database Management
  • CS 347 Applied Data Science
  • MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
  • MATH 211 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 227 Statistical Design and Analysis
  • MATH 228 Introduction to Data Science
  • MATH 229 Regression Analysis
  • MATH 346/CS 346 Data Mining
  • MGMT 100 Foundations of Business and Management
  • MGMT 221 Project Management

In addition to the required courses, each respective concentration has 5–6 required courses. Some concentrations include an elective to be chosen with your advisor’s guidance.

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Data Science & Analytics program work with their advisor to tailor a program to their interests and career goals. Students choose from the following concentrations:

  • Biology—Bioinformatics
  • Biochemistry
  • Business—Accounting
  • Business—Finance
  • Business—Healthcare Management
  • Business—Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Mathematics—Statistics
  • Political Science/International Relations
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

If none of the available concentrations pertain to your interests, talk with your advisor about further customizing your Data Science & Analytics program.

Hands-on research experience is a key part of a Simmons STEM education. Research opportunities are open to students as early as their freshman year.

Many students also complete internships in their field. Simmons students find internship opportunities around Boston, where the big data industry continues to grow.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

Our Faculty

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Nanette Veilleux

  • Professor of Computer Science and Director, Division of Mathematics, Computing, and Statistics