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Minor in Applied Statistics and Data Science

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Program Overview

Learn the language of virtually all professions

From political briefings to genomic sequences to historical maps, data is present in just about every discipline. The minor in Applied Statistics and Data Science (ASDS) shows students how to identify and utilize data to deepen their understanding of the analytic aspects of their major, all while developing some of the 21st century’s most in-demand job skills.* The ability to find and evaluate data from diverse sources, as well assess the integrity of those sources, drives strategic decision-making and problem solving at a high organizational level in every profession.

The ASDS minor develops students into critical consumers of data who can work with and present it in a way that tells a story, both textually and visually. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the most critical competency sought by employers today, regardless of major and across all industries, is the ability to “exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.” The ASDS major intertwines these skills into a data-forward curriculum that covers topics such as data inquiry and analysis, information fluency, quantitative reasoning and technological competency. The dynamic mindset toward problem solving and data analysis that students develop continues to be highly sought after by employers, and opportunities will continue to grow in nearly all industry sectors, including finance, information technology, and insurance; health care and social assistance; manufacturing; professional, scientific and technical services; and retail.

*Manyika, J., Chui, M., Brown, B., Bughin, J., Dobbs, R., Roxburgh, C., & Byers, A. (May 2011). Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity. Retrieved from
Columbus, L. (January 2018). Data Scientist Is the Best Job In America According Glassdoor's 2018 Rankings. Retrieved from

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who completes a minor in applied statistics and data science will:

Be a critical consumer of data

  • Find and evaluate information from diverse sources
  • Assess vulnerabilities in data or sources

Demonstrate an ability to work with data

  • Select and use appropriate statistical techniques
  • Select and use appropriate technology

Present data to tell a story and enable effective decision-making

  • Synthesize results from inquiry and analysis
  • Organize results into a narrative, using both text and visuals

Curriculum and Requirements

Applied Statistics and Data Science Minor Curriculum

Required Courses1

Students take six courses (18 credits) as follows:
MA 170Probability and Data Analysis3
MA 206Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences3
or any of the following:
MA 275
MA 285
Applied Statistics
PS 206
Introduction to Statistics in Psychology
EC 272
Advanced Applied Statistics
EC 365Econometrics3
MA 380Data Mining3
MA 385Machine Learning3
MA 480ASDS Capstone3

Students cannot use these courses for both a Mathematics major and the Applied Statistics and Data Science minor.

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