Conquer big data with data science major and graduate prepared to join a rapidly growing field that is transforming all sectors of society.

Students with a data science major will learn the foundations of data curation, mathematical analysis, computational thinking, statistical thinking, data modeling, communication and visualization, and understanding ethical implications.

Data science is an interdisciplinary, rapidly growing field, and its imprint is found everywhere. A working definition of the field is the "science of planning for, acquisition, management, analysis of, and inference from data." The data science major at Pacific trains students to collect, analyze, model and present data, through coursework in mathematics, computer science, statistics, ethics, modeling, and communications.  

Careers in Data Science

IBM predicts the annual demand for the fast-growing new roles of data scientists, data developers, and data engineers will reach nearly 700,000 openings by 2020. Starting salaries for data scientists are between $105,000 and $117,000, according to Forbes magazine. A data science major can lead to careers such as:

Data Architect
Data Engineer
Data Scientist
Big Data Engineer
Business Analytics

Data Visualization
BI Engineer
BI Solutions Architect
BI Specialist
Analytics Manager

Medical Scientist
Public Health

Applications are crucial, and in the data science major, capstone projects will give the students a chance to synthesize their coursework by delving into a research topic of their choice.