Department of Mathematics at UE Announces New Statistics and Data Science Program

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016

Instructor and studentsThe Department of Mathematics at the University of Evansville has announced the creation of a degree program in Statistics and Data Science. Students in the program will apply statistical and computational techniques to convert vast amounts of data into actionable insights that drive decision making. Students may enroll now, and classes are set to begin in the fall of 2016.

The digital revolution has created vast amounts of data. Extracting meaning from this avalanche of information is the goal of data science, a rapidly growing field that is revolutionizing marketing, education, and sports, as well as scientific fields such as genomics, neuroscience, and particle physics.  

There is currently a global data scientist talent gap. It is estimated that by 2018, there will be twice as many data scientist jobs as there are data scientists.

“Individuals with education and experience in data science are in high demand,” says Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment services at UE. “Right now, the average salary for a data scientist is $118,000.”

Extracting meaning from data requires not only quantitative skills such as mathematics, statistics and computer programming, but also experience in working with real-world data.

“The curriculum for the new program is grounded in classical statistical techniques while incorporating cutting-edge techniques and tools for dealing with Big Data,” says Dave Dwyer, chair of the mathematics department at UE.  “The courses are all project-driven, so students gain experience in working with real-world data not only through their internship experiences, but also through their course work.”

For more information or to enroll in the Statistics and Data Sciences program at the University of Evansville, contact the Office of Admission at 812-488-2468 or visit www.evansville.edu/majors/math/dataScience.cfm.

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