There’s so much information just waiting to be discovered — if you know where and how to look. With a major in data science, you’ll learn how to use the power of data to solve problems and reveal insights in a wide array of areas.
This relatively new field is growing fast. Today’s data-driven businesses are turning to data scientists to figure out everything from where they get their customers to what products they should (or shouldn’t) offer.
Data science is deeply interdisciplinary and pairs well with other majors, such as biology, psychology and public health. Whether you’re interested in health disparities or the water quality of a river or the changing architecture of a city over time, data science will equip you with the tools to explore whatever fascinates you.
More importantly, you’ll learn how to make the information accessible to others, providing context and meaning so that your organization can turn insights into action. It’s an in-demand skillset that will serve you well wherever you go.
The Alverno difference
A good data scientist needs more than just technical knowledge. Our innovative curriculum, grounded in Alverno’s 8 Abilities, will set you apart. Employers are often impressed by Alverno graduates’ communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential for a data scientist. You’ll also learn how to use data ethically and ensure that it’s free of bias.
STEM fields like data science need the talents and perspective of more women, and Alverno creates women leaders who are ready to succeed. At Alverno, you’ll find an empowering, supportive environment that helps you achieve your best. With our small class sizes, you’ll really get to know your faculty and classmates, making your education more fun and meaningful. Unlike most universities, our STEM majors aren’t isolated within their own departments. You’ll connect with fellow STEM majors through shared classes, joint projects and other networking opportunities, broadening your perspective and exposing you to new possibilities.
Interested in pairing data science with another passion? Our faculty will help you find the right classes, internships, research experiences and other opportunities to reach your career goals. Outside of class, you might work as a paid lab assistant or tutor in the Daniel M. Soref Science and Mathematics Resource Center, mentor students through our Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics, or participate in faculty-student research through the Center for Academic Excellence.
“One of the best things about studying data science at Alverno is the feedback you receive. It’s more than telling you if you’re right or wrong — your instructors will identify what you’ve done well and what you can improve. This is how Alverno sets you up for success.”
— Rachel, data science minor
All Alverno students must complete 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. You’ll begin your data science courses during your first semester on campus, as well as your general education requirements. You’ll take courses in areas such as calculus, linear algebra, structures and algorithms, probability and statistics, Python programming, databases, machine learning, and how to think like a data scientist.
You’ll intern for at least one semester, giving you a valuable opportunity to build your resume while getting hands-on experience applying the skills and knowledge you’ll learn in the classroom. Alverno’s location in Wisconsin’s biggest city gives you convenient access to a wide variety of internship opportunities. Alverno’s Career Studio, which is connected to more than 2,000 partner sites, can help you find the right internship for you.
The possibilities for this major are as big as your imagination. Data scientists are in demand at leading tech companies such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and all the social media companies, along with banks, insurance companies, retail giants and others. If you’re double majoring in another area, you could apply your data science skills to public health, the sciences, politics or other areas that interest you.
Your first step is to apply for admission to Alverno by completing the free application at alverno.edu/apply. You should mark your intended major as data science. There is no additional application process to be accepted into the data science program.
For your first two years at Alverno, you’ll be matched with a professional academic advisor who gets to know you and guides you through your education, helping you chart your path and register for classes. As a junior, you’ll be paired with a faculty advisor who will support your success to graduation.