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Spring: Dec. 13, 2019 
Summer: April 24, 2020
Fall: July 17, 2020

Class Begins

Jan. 13, 2020 (Spring)
May 11, 2020 (Summer)
Aug. 24, 2020 (Fall)

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science
in Data Analytics

WSU College

College of Arts and Sciences and Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Follow the Data. Build the Future.

Do you have a knack for numbers, statistics and data? Do you want to thrive in a cutting-edge field with a future full of career opportunities? The brave new world of data analytics might be just what you are looking for. 

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WSU Global Campus Data Analytics.

What is Data Analytics?

Data analytics tools and techniques are used by a wide variety of industries to analyze vast datasets, extract information, develop predictive models, and make better decisions. In recent years, there has been an explosion in demand for skilled data analysts, with starting salaries in six figures for some application areas.

What You’ll Learn

WSU’s Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics, available 100% online, prepares students for careers in the emerging, high-demand field of big data. You will learn the tools and techniques to collect, manage, explore and analyze large, complex datasets. You will also gain the skills to effectively communicate your findings to help companies in a wide range of industries make better business decisions. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses in data analytics, computer science, statistics, math and communication. The skills you will learn are highly transferable and graduates can use their knowledge to bring value to a wide spectrum of industries.

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WSU Data Analytics Program Strengths

  • WSU is one of only two research universities in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree specifically designed to prepare students for leadership in data analytics.
  • Core data skills acquired in the degree enable you to work as a data analyst in diverse employment sectors, including manufacturing, e-commerce, transportation, retail, health care, government, insurance, finance, education, environmental management, and more.
  • You will have extensive “hands-on” opportunities to work with real industry and academic datasets that will prepare you for well-paid job opportunities.
  • Learn from renowned and experienced faculty members from WSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Program of Study

Courses are available online

University Requirements

All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

To certify in the Data Analytics major students must have 24 credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students must also complete the Data Analytics graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

Minimum semester credits required to graduate with a BS in Data Analytics: 120

Certification Requirements

Completion of the following seven courses with a GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for certification into the major

  • CPTS/STAT 115 – Introduction to Data Analytics
  • CPTS 215 – Data Analytics Systems & Algorithms
  • MATH 171 – Calculus I
  • MATH 172 – Calculus II
  • MATH 220 – Introductory Linear Algebra
  • Choose one of the following
    • CPTS 131 – Program Design & Development -Java
    • CPTS 121 – Program Design & Development -C/++
  • Choose one of the following
    • CPTS 132 – Data Structures –Java
    • CPTS 122 – Data Structures -C/++

Upper Division

  • CPTS 315 – Introduction to Data Mining
  • CPTS 415 – Big Data
  • CPTS/STAT 424 – Data Analytics Capstone
  • CPTS 451 – Introduction to Database Systems
  • PHIL 450 – Data Analytics Ethics
  • STAT 360 – Probability & Statistics
  • STAT 380 – Decision Making & Statistics
  • STAT 419 – Intro to Multivariate Stats
  • STAT 436 – Statistical Computing with SAS & R
  • Choose one of the following
    • STAT 412 – Statistical Methods in Research I
    • STAT 423 – Statistical Methods for Engineers & Scientists
    • ECONS 311 – Introductory Econometrics (required for economics track)

Specialization Track

Business Track

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • ECONS 101 – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
  • One of the following
    • COMM 102 – Public Speaking [COMM]
    • HD 205 – Developing Effective Com Skills [COMM]
  • ACCTG 230 – Intro to Financial Accounting
  • MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology
  • MIS 322 – Enterprise Business Process Analysis [M]
  • MIS 420 – Business Intelligence
  • MGT 301 – Principles of Management & Organization
  • Two track options selected from below
    • ACCTG 433 – Accounting Systems and Auditing [M]
    • FIN 427 – Investment Analysis [M]
    • MGTOP 340 – Operations Management
    • MGTOP 470 – Business Modeling w/ Spreadsheets
    • MIS 372 – Data Management [M]
    • MKTG 368 – Marketing Research

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.