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 program in Data Science provides students the opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary, data-focused skillset and then apply those skills to real world challenges.       

Our 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 degree. Clarkson also offers undergraduates the ability to take graduate classes, a unique opportunity that puts you at the forefront of your chosen field.

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Career Opportunities

The demand for data science is far outstripping the nation’s ability to produce the skilled workforce required.  The specific job opportunities 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. 




The Data Science program consists of 35 credit hours in mathematics and statistics plus 6 credit hours is specially designated “Data Science” course 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 Major Curriculum


Looking to take your education a step further? Check out our list of minors to complement your data science degree.

Minor in Mathematics

Clarkson Minors

Experiential Learning

Research Opportunities

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 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 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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