If you love working with and manipulating numbers, analyzing outcomes, and helping others understand how data can work for them, a degree in Data Science and Analytics from St. Ambrose University will prepare you for a high-demand career that matches your goals.
Internships at top national companies
Small class sizes
Learn ethical data practices
St Ambrose University is a recognized College of Distinction for its adherence to successful outcomes, great teaching, creating a vibrant community, and educating engaged students.
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At A Glance
SAU was ranked 5th in College Consensus' (2018) survey of Best Colleges and Universities in Iowa, and 13th in the category Best Regional Universities-Midwest, based on an average of published rankings and student reviews. Ranked 38th (tie) by U.S. News & World Report (2019) Regional Universities Midwest out of a region of 12 states. The publication gathers data from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects U.S. News' judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.
What will I learn?
You will take courses in probability and statistics; statistical modeling with data analysis; computer science; advanced math; and in your last year, a project-based capstone.
Throughout your undergraduate studies, you will learn how to think with data and apply statistical concepts and computing in order to convert data into solutions and insight. Studying data science at SAU means when you arrive at a conclusion, you'll always consider its possible ethical and socioeconomic implications.
This critical insight is essential to industries and companies that use big data to inform their decisions.
Pairing your Data Science and Analytics major with a second major that builds similar skills helps you get the most out of college. A double major in industrial engineering, computer science, or mathematics can be an excellent choice as there is significant overlap in courses.
What are some possible careers?
A degree in Data Science and Analytics will make you a very sought-after employee.
Although finance/insurance, professional services, and IT hire the most data scientists, many industries – from healthcare to retail – will need your expertise. In fact, by 2024 the U.S. won't have enough date science and analytics professionals; we'll have a shortage of about 250,000.
Your salary matches demand: fresh out of college with just a bachelor's degree, you could earn between $75,000 to $80,000 working in this field. In fact, the average salary is around $100,000.