Data Science (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in data science, one of the fastest-growing career fields, with excellent salary and advancement opportunities. Data scientists use analytical tools and techniques to collect, organize, visualize, and analyze data to find patterns, make decisions, and solve problems. Their work is valued because they are uniquely capable of analyzing data to enable organizations to accomplish their goals.

Indiana State's bachelor's in data science offers students both a solid foundation, useful in a wide variety of roles, and the opportunity for concentrated study focused on the individual student’s interests and career goals.

Students complete a core of required mathematics and computer science courses in areas such as calculus, statistics, linear algebra, database structuring, discrete mathematics, multiple regression and machine learning, and programming.

Students tailor the final part of their studies to meet their interests and career goals by completing a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Business Analytics Concentration
  • Geographic Information Science Concentration
  • Computer Science  Concentration
  • Bioinformatics Concentration

Upon completion of the program, students possess the essential skills they need to succeed, including analytical, computer, communication, logical thinking, math, and problem-solving skills.

Relatively modest class sizes allow students to work one-on-one with our highly talented and dedicated faculty. Advisors work with students in the selection of their courses prior to registration each semester.

Department opportunities include student chapters of Pi Mu Epsilon (the honorary mathematics fraternity) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). With more than 100 highly accessible student organizations on campus, each student's experience at Indiana State University abounds with student leadership opportunities that complement their studies.

Required Courses


Data science is quickly becoming one of the most important fields of the 21st Century. The amount of data produced and collected every day has the potential for a huge impact, but it requires people capable of working with both computers and numbers to translate that information into actionable insights.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data Scientist is one of the fastest-growing occupations, with a growth rate of 36% between 2021 and 2031. In 2021, the medium income was $100,910 per year.

With such high demand, jobs are available in nearly every industry, including financial, business, communications, educational, manufacturing, and healthcare fields.

The following are a few of the most common career tracks:

  • Data analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Applications architect
  • Business data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Risk management analyst
  • Marketing research analyst

In addition, a bachelor’s in data science is excellent preparation for graduate study in areas such as informatics, computer science, mathematics, statistics, public health data science, and advanced educational leadership.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Indiana State University