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Data ScienceMajor

As a Data Science major, you will develop quantitative and computational skills to solve real-world problems. Customize the degree to fit your interests by choosing a focus area to create a degree with practical applications.


What is Data Science at WVU like?


Data is being collected constantly, whether we realize it or not. “Big data” is more than numbers – it’s images, tweets, locations. New industries like digital humanities and computational social sciences are appearing at the intersection of traditional fields of quantitative study, and this major is training students to understand and support these emerging needs.

Data science is an interdisciplinary field with roots in applied mathematics, statistics and computer science. With increasing employment demands across many STEM, health, social sciences and humanities fields, WVU seeks to meet this need with a new Bachelor of Science in data science.

A key component to the Data Science major is its 12-hour focus area. Working with their academic advisers, Data Science students will take classes in a discipline related to their interests and career goals. Students can choose their area of emphasis among academic areas including the social sciences, humanities and sciences. Examples include astronomy, biology, criminology, geography, geology, GIS, physics, public health, psychology and sociology.

Students with an interest in further specialization in statistics, math and/or computer science can add minors in those areas as well.

Data Science program highlights:

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What makes Data Science at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Data science students will have opportunities for undergraduate research and faculty mentorship at a Research 1 university. The program participates in WVU’s Research Apprentice Program and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

Students majoring in data science can also apply for the Eberly College’s Academic Enrichment Fund to help finance internships, study abroad and research.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

We are in the midst of a data science revolution. The mining, analysis and visualization of large data sets are now front and center and influencing all aspects of our daily lives. From how we shop to how we travel, and all the decisions made in between, the need for professionals who can apply the techniques of modern data analysis to solve problems across the public and private sectors has opened up tremendous potential for employment immediately upon graduation. While many graduates will go on to work with big tech, others will find careers across industries including healthcare, business and government.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Data Science major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Data Science at WVU?

Plan of Study

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Cost and Aid

How much does Data Science at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Data Science can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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What are the requirements to apply for Data Science at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Data Science major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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