Data Science, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus

Learn to analyze and communicate  data with the BS in Data Science from SHSU.

The era of “big data” not only means that more data is collected but that even smaller organizations and businesses have access to that data for decision-making. This means that every institution on earth is now in the “data business.” Professionals who can collect, manage, interpret, analyze, and communicate information based on data are more important than ever before.

As businesses, organizations, and governments continue to use data to drive decision-making, the demand for people to manage and analyze that data grows exponentially. No matter your career field, they will likely need data scientists.


The coursework for the Data Science, BS is intended to introduce and continually refine students’ skills as they progress through the program levels.

Graduates will be proficient in the following professional skills:

  • Using critical thinking skills, along with inductive and deductive reasoning, to translate substantive questions into well-defined problems requiring effective, on-time solutions.
  • The competence and capacity for data collection, wrangling, and visualization techniques to solve real-world problems.
  • Programming and managing databases to organize and analyze data effectively, including capabilities for developing statistical/predictive modeling.
  • Applying statistical/machine learning techniques for model-building and testing while also effectively applying other data science methodologies to provide actionable insights.
  • Efficient and effective written and oral communication skills necessary for presenting problem solutions and results to data- and non-data-oriented stakeholders.

Careers in Data Science

Graduates in Data Science can follow many career paths, including:

  • Database Administration
  • Data Analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data Journalist
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Enterprise Architect

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Length 120-121 Credit Hours
Required Courses Bachelor of Science (BS)
Enrollment Fall, Spring
Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15