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Virtually every industry needs data scientists to transform big data into real-world decisions.

As you earn a Bachelor of Science in Data Science, you’ll take courses in computing, mathematics and statistics, plus liberal arts courses to satisfy general education requirements. There is room for elective courses and you could earn a minor in an area to which you may want to apply your data science skills.

NEW Anu and Satya Nadella Full-Ride Scholarships to increase diversity in tech education: Application deadline February 1, 2022

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering multiple full-ride scholarships for incoming freshmen from Milwaukee high schools in Fall 2022. The Anu and Satya Nadella Scholarships, for students who are pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, data science and information technology, are part of a $2 million gift from UWM alumnus and Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella and Anu Nadella. Learn more.

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Career Outlook

Data Science has become a specialized field and the job outlook is extremely favorable, owing to widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business, healthcare, and policy decisions. Milwaukee businesses that regularly hire data scientists include Harley-Davidson, Molson Coors, Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls, FIS, and Northwestern.

Milwaukee is also home to the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

Median salary: $103,930*

Projected growth from 2016-2026: 34%*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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The data science degree curriculum reflects the dual nature of this field: it is a highly technical one that demands critical thinking about the process and implications of analyzing and manipulating data. You’ll master statistical analysis and computer programming, while improving your critical thinking skills through courses in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and a mandatory course in the ethical implications of data science.

To enroll, students apply to the College of Letters & Science.

Learn more about Data Science at UWM.