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Data Science major offered in fall 2020

Published on July 08, 2020

Data Science major offered in fall 2020

Data Science

Eastern is offering a new major in Data Science starting this fall 2020 semester. Approved by the Board of Regents earlier this year, Students in this unique, interdisciplinary program will receive instruction in the core areas of statistics, computer science, business analytics and geospatial information systems.

They also will learn fundamental Python, R and SQL programming skills. Data-based team projects, which are integral to the program, will provide opportunities for students to apply data science tools and techniques as well as develop collaboration and communication skills. Students will also complete a portfolio of their work as part of their graduation requirements. In addition to internships available in the field, an on-campus, paid internship program operated by Cigna’s Technology Early Career Development Program provides valuable applied experience without leaving campus.

Students can choose between a B.A. or a B.S.; B.S. students must choose from one of four concentrations in Mathematics, Business Analytics, Geographic Information Systems, or Computer Science. The program will be taught by faculty from Mathematical Science, Computer Science, Business Information Systems and Geographic Information Systems.

The ability to gather and analyze data is becoming a core technology competency, similar to the ability to work with office applications, email and other daily computer skills. The number of Eastern academic departments and faculty members working in this program is an indication of how broad-based the skillset is in this new major.

The major is designed for students who wish to pursue careers as data scientists, geospatial information scientists and technologists, data engineers, business analysts, insurance analysts, financial analysts, sports analysts, political analysts and more. Data science can be applied to fields as diverse as business, finance, healthcare, sports, environmental science, climate science, health science and medicine, political science, defense, social science, human culture and education.

Data science is one of the fastest growing careers in Connecticut and the United States, far outpacing the overall job market. A recent review of job postings in the field of data science and analytics showed 3,700 job postings in Connecticut in January 2020, with an average starting salary of $69,355.

For more information, contact Marsha Davis, program coordinator and chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department at (860) 465-4592 or

Written by Ed Osborn

Categories: Data Science