Be in Demand

Analyzing large data sets — called Big Data in industry — has become a key basis of both science and business, underpinning new waves of productivity growth, innovation and consumer behavior analytics.

To remain competitive, organizations will need to invest in big data technologies. Equally important will be the investment in data scientists’ proficiency in advanced statistics. As such, it is expected organizations will continue to ramp up hiring, recruitment and training of data scientists. In fact, there is a growing alarm that there won’t be enough data scientists to go around, making DSA one of the fastest-growing fields in America.

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Your Success Starts Here

Enroll in the emerging field of “big data” with the new Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics (DSA) at Eastern Michigan University. This challenging and interdisciplinary major provides rigorous academic training in mathematics and quantitative skills, programming and business problem-solving for data-intensive fields such as econometrics, bioinformatics, remote sensor networks, health care analytics and many others. The new program was developed by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Computer Information Systems in the College of Business.

Exponential Career Potential

With a national average salary of $113K** ($99K in Ann Arbor) and a job satisfaction score of 4.4 out of 5, a data scientist ranks as the #1 best job in the United States (1). Organizations of all sizes continue to seek graduates that can prepare, organize and analyze data to make smarter business decisions.

Moreover, given the shortage of individuals with skills in statistics and analytics, the demand for data scientists is at all time high. According to LinkedIn, there is a positive growth of data scientists jobs with 16,200+ job openings as of April 2018 (2).

Goals within Reach

Successful graduates of the program can take on roles such as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Business Analyst
  • Data and Analytics Manager
  • Machine Learning Analyst
  • Data Science Analyst
  • Web Analytics Manager
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Decision Scientist

Doing Good with DSA

Data scientists can find ways to help people in society, like reducing water-shutoffs, detecting scammers preying on the elderly, preventing lead poisoning, organizing public health efforts and improving graduation rates. Other nonprofit and government fields include transportation, energy, international development and medicine (3).

  • Required Courses: 124 Credits
    DSA graduates will need to earn a minimum of 124 credits at the 100-level or above, of which 70–74 of those are within this program. There is no special admission requirements beyond those required for admission to EMU.
  • Learning Outcomes
    DSA graduates will be able to organize, aggregate and analyze rapidly generated data from diverse sources — skills already in high demand. They will learn to disseminate their work to technical and nontechnical people where they will apply:
    • business concepts and methods to define and structure problems
    • statistics concepts and methods to design studies and analyze data
    • computer science concepts and methods to organize data
  • Ask Yourself...
    • Am I interested in learning how to manage and analyze data for industry, government, science or nonprofit organizations?
    • Am I interested in learning high-demand skills, such as how to organize, aggregate and analyze rapidly generated data from diverse sources, including the following disciplines: econometrics, bioinformatics, remote sensor networks and health care analytics?
    • Am I interested in learning practical and theoretical applications to assimilate emerging technologies as they develop?

Contact Us

Professor Andrew Ross
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
andrew.ross@emich.edu | 734.487.1658

Professor William Sverdlik
Department of Computer Science
wsverdlik@emich.edu | 734.487.7081

Professor Stevan Mrdalj
Department of Computer Information Systems
smrdalj@emich.edu | 734.487.2671


References

  1. The 50 Best Jobs in America in 2017
  2. LinkedIn Jobs for Data Scientists
  3. Data Science for Social Good

[*Source: CNBC/Glassdoor]
[**Average salary does not necessarily reflect starting salary. Starting salary could include a masters level education as well as years of experience.]

At a Glance

  • 70–74 credits in the major for a total of 124 minimum
  • Three concentrations in theory, web analytics or advanced data analysis

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