Healthcare, climate change, racial justice—data science impacts issues that matter. Use mathematics, computer science, statistics, and communication skills to inspire action in your career and community.
About the Program
The data science major applies analytical tools to real-world problems. These tools will enable you to analyze massive data sets—collected from web logs, mobile devices, financial transactions, medical records, environmental instruments, and many other sources—then communicate your insights to expand knowledge, build businesses, and improve society. As a data science major, your skills will be in high demand: in the next decade, hundreds of thousands of data scientists will be needed in fields like technology, finance, engineering, manufacturing, market research, medicine, and advocacy.
At Mills, you’ll study data science in small classes taught by inspiring professors who are accomplished mathematicians, computer scientists, economists, and sociologists. Your course work will meet the highest standards for undergraduate education in data science—in fact, a Mills data science professor helped write national curriculum guidelines for bachelor’s degrees in this field. You’ll first acquire a solid foundation in computer science, mathematics, statistics, and data analysis. Professors will mentor you individually as you advance on one of four tracks:
- Computational Analytics
- Mathematical Analytics
- Economic & Policy Analytics
- Sociological Analytics
You’ll have opportunities to gain hands-on experience and meet representatives from leading employers who visit campus, teach courses, and discuss professional paths. View our program details for in-depth information on course work for the major.
With the right choice of electives during your undergraduate studies, you can earn an accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary computer science or applied economics with just one additional year of study at Mills.
Courses You Could Take
Probability & Statistics
Social Network Analysis
Data, Apps & Analytics in the Cloud
Methods of Policy Analysis
Econometrics & Business Forecasting