The ability to reason effectively using data continues to grow in importance, whether in business, industry, or government, and the emerging discipline of Data Science is viewed as a critical enabler.

Our undergraduate bachelor's degree program in Data Science, offered by Clarkson's Department of Mathematics, provides students the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary, data-focused skillset and then apply those skills to real world challenges.       

Our data science courses are taught exclusively by faculty with small class sizes, giving you the attention you deserve. The program flexibility allows you to pursue a second major or minor of your interest while completing your bachelor's degree. Clarkson also offers undergraduate data science majors the ability to take graduate classes, a unique opportunity that can put you at the forefront of your chosen field.

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Data Science Careers

The demand for data science majors is far outstripping the nation’s ability to produce the skilled workforce required. The specific job opportunities for data science graduates are extremely broad, as every industry is look to use data to enable better decisions. 

-Forbes Top 25 STEM Colleges
Spotlight On: Class of 2019
Clarkson mathematics major Alicia Mangal found a job in the data science market

Alicia Mengal '19, from Schenectady, New York, immigrated to the United States with her family from Guyana when she was 8 years old and is the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

She will be working for SRCtec in Syracuse as a Manufacturing Analyst while she pursues her master’s degree. The former business major became interested in data analytics after taking a statistics course taught by Sumona Mondal, associate professor of Mathematics at Clarkson.

Read more about how Alicia and her classmates Chris Carter and Ryan Burnham (all mathematics majors) had positions awaiting them when they collected their diplomas even before Clarkson formalized the new Data Science undergraduate degree program. 


Data Science Curriculum & Academic Options

Major in Data Science

The Data Science undergraduate bachelor's degree program consists of 35 credit hours in mathematics and statistics, plus 6 credit hours is specially designated “Data Science” coursework and 6 credits of application electives, along with 22 credit hours in computer science and information systems. The program maintains flexibility with 24 credit hours of free electives. Data Science majors can take courses such as:

  • Ethics in Data Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Math Modeling and Software
  • Intro to Data Science
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algorithm and Data Structure
  • Data Warehousing for Analytics
  • Database Design and Management
  • Computational Learning
  • Big Data Architecture

Data Science Major Curriculum


Data Science majors have the opportunity to explore minors that will complement the data science bachelor's degree. View our recommendations below or learn more about all of Clarkson's minors, concentrations and professional advising tracks.

Computational Science Minor

Computer Science Minor

Information Technology Minor

Mathematics Minor

Statistics Minor

All Clarkson Minors, Concentrations and Tracks

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

Mathematics and Data Science faculty are constantly doing research in various topics. As early as in your freshman year, you can ask to be part of that research. Also, undergraduate data science research projects may earn academic credit (either as Directed Study, Undergraduate Research, or Honors Thesis) and may involve work during the semester or summer.

Internship and Co-op Opportunities

Math and Data Science students have broad access to internships and co-ops. Math teaches critical thinking skills needed in every domain. The ability to use and interpret data is also an essential skill.

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