Bachelor of Science in Data Science

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the growing demand for data science experts in the context of ongoing digital transformation.

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Data science is a new emerging field that explores and advances methods, systems, and processes to:

  • Represent the world as data objects;
  • Extract insights about the world from these data objects and turn these insights into discoveries, decisions, and actions; and
  • Create smart systems to perform tasks that have historically required human cognition and human decision-making abilities.

The MSU Bachelor of Science in Data Science is an interdisciplinary program designed to include three general areas of coursework: general education to develop critical thinking and writing skills; a program core of computer science, statistics, mathematics, business information systems, and communications skills; and applications of the data science fundamentals in a specific concentration. Currently, the program offers 9 concentrations.

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Business Information Systems

College: College of Business

Modern enterprise management presents complex challenges of identifying actionable knowledge derived from the emerging flood of new data captured by an exploding number of online processes and connected sensors and devices. Companies are redesigning their organizational structures and processes to leverage this new capability – the concentration in BIS will prepare students to play a leading role in this emerging digital transformation and help companies compete in the increasingly connected environment. Students who complete the concentration will be prepared to solve business problems and identify business opportunities in the context of intelligent data analytics and digital transformation.

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Job Opportunities

  • Data Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Expert
  • App Developer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Health Information Officer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Information Technology Manager
  • IT Consultant
  • Quality Info Systems Manager
  • Senior Director of Info Systems
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Computational Agriculture and Natural Resources

Colleges: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Forest Resources

Data science increasingly drives innovation in the fields of agriculture and natural resources. The Computational Agriculture and Natural Resources concentration trains students interested in data-driven careers in agriculture and natural resources through subject matter and applied data science coursework. Students who complete the concentration will be equipped for careers as data scientists in agricultural production, agricultural technology, agricultural finance, natural resource management, wildlife and fisheries science, plant science, and other related fields.

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Job Opportunities

  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Agricultural Economist
  • Agronomy Sales
  • Loan Officer
  • Agricultural Marketing Analyst
  • Natural Resources Data Analyst
  • Forest Business Analyst
  • Data Scientist
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Computational Intelligence

College: Bagley School of Engineering

Computational Intelligence focuses on understanding artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches to develop effective strategies to solve large-scale data science problems. This includes creation of new software tools, algorithms, and using existing programs and libraries. The concentration includes foundational courses in software development, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. These ideas are then applied in various computer science-related contexts in upper-level courses and in a two-semester practicum.

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Job Opportunities

  • AI Specialist
  • AI Software Engineer
  • AI/ML Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Information Architect
  • Machine Learning Expert
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Geoinformatics

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Many human challenges are location specific. The Geoinformatics concentration prepares students to perform statistical analysis of geospatial data, analyze and visualize spatial data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and acquire spatial information from remote sensing platforms. Students who complete the concentration will be prepared for careers in the fields of meteorology/climatology, geospatial science, geology, or within any scientific field that relies on the collection and interpretation of spatial information.

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Job Opportunities

  • GIS Specialist
  • Economic Developer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Geospatial Developer
  • GIS Data Analyst
  • GIS Data Scientist
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Marketing and Supply Chain Analytics

College: College of Business

Marketing and supply chain functions are increasingly driven by data. Tasks such as analyzing online social media content, planning advertising campaigns across multiple online channels, designing cutting edge products, and delivering products through complex global supply chains, all require cutting edge data analytics skills. Students who complete the concentration in Marketing and Supply Chain Analytics will be equipped to solve data-driven business problems relating to marketing and supply chain management.

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Job Opportunities

  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Supply Chain Developer
  • Sales and Operations Planning Specialist
  • Marketing Analytics Engineer
  • Marketing Automation and AI Specialist
  • Email Marketing and Automations Manager
  • Product Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Operations Specialist
  • Digital Marketing Professional
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Psycho-informatics

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Psycho-informatics is subfield of psychology for the acquisition, organization, and synthesis of data collected from psychology to reveal information about psychological traits such as personality and mood. Psychology, which historically acquired data from experiments and questionnaires, has been digitally transformed to overcome the problem of small sample sizes, bias, and unreliable memory. Psycho-informatics stores Big Data related to psychology (such as communications on smartphones, social media data, and even controlled online experiments), mines these data for relevant psychological information, and applies advanced analytical techniques to improve understanding. This concentration prepares students to apply data science to the field of psychology and prepares students for more advanced work with cognitive science and psychology.

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Job Opportunities

  • Product Scientist - AI Ethics
  • Behavioral Research Specialist
  • UX Researcher
  • AI Researcher
  • User Researcher
  • Human Resources Analyst
  • Human Systems Analyst
  • Behavioral Marketing Expert
  • Psychometrician
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Social Data Analytics

College: College of Arts and Sciences

Social media has transformed marketing, politics, commerce, and human relationships. The Social Data Analytics concentration prepares students to apply data science to understand sociological and political aspects of social media communication. Fundamental discipline courses lay discipline-specific foundations in social science. Core concentration courses prepare students for more advanced analysis work with social media sources. Students who complete the concentration will be able to leverage social media data to gain insight, make predictions, and influence the future of social collaboration.

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Job Opportunities

  • Social Science Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Social Sustainability Data Analyst
  • Social Media Data Analyst
  • Content Policy Analyst
  • Policy Analyst
  • Strategic Communications Analyst
  • Media Research Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
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Statistical Modeling

College: College of Arts and Sciences

The Statistical Modeling concentration prepares students to apply advanced statistical methods to build analytical and statistical models. The concentration focuses on statistical models and methods that are needed to discover, validate, and predict patterns using large datasets (big data). Students completing the concentration will be able to apply the theoretical machinery of quantitative methods to the solution of real-world problems involving big data in many fields.

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Job Opportunities

  • Statistician
  • Sports Statistician
  • Quantitative Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Quantitative Risk Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Quality Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
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Visualization and Visual Analytics for the Built Environment

College: College of Architecture, Art, and Design

Two primary forces drive the rapid digital transformation of the design and construction process for the built environment: architects and designers are increasingly adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques to achieve more sustainable, accurate, and efficient design, planning, evaluation, and construction; and new intelligent building systems integrate Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors to track every aspect of building performance. Students who complete the Visualization and Visual Analytics for the Built Environment concentration will be able to meet the design and construction industry’s need for new professionals who can bring together computational statistics and data analytic skills with visualization skills to inform the development of new workflows and strategies.

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Job Opportunities

  • Data Visualization Lead
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Building Information Modeling Specialist
  • Data Visualization Analyst
  • Parametric Architecture Developer
  • Building Estimation Modeler
  • Smart City Analyst
  • Smart City Application Developer
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Designer
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality Developer

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To inquire about enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Data Science, including dual-degree opportunities to combine Data Science with other majors and 4+1 opportunities to combine a Bachelor of Science in Data Science with a Master of Science in Business Administration, Computer Science, or other fields, please contact:

Lynn Taylor
Data Science Academic Coordinator
clj19@msstate.edu
(662)-325-3168