BYU offers several programs with applications in the growing and in-demand field of Data Science. Professionals in this field, including data scientists, data analysts, and data engineers use statistical and computational tools to answer questions and drive strategy within businesses and organizations.
Data science is one of the fastest growing jobs in the world, because the amount of data used by industry and academia has skyrocketed: about 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years, with about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data produced every day. Contained in these vast troves of data are patterns that can be turned into actionable insights that improve our lives, streamline our processes, reduce our costs, and better connect people, products, and information.
The Statistics, Data Science Emphasis is designed to help students develop skills that are needed to work on a data science team. These skills include programming, facility with data structures and algorithms, statistical methods, and experience working with real world big data problems. Students with a Data Science emphasis leave BYU with a multi-faceted, disciplined, and flexible approach to data, a rich vocabulary for working with others in data-focused disciplines, and a well-developed capacity for understanding and communicating statistical results.
BYU's Computer Science Data Science Emphasis offers students the unique chance to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of data science through a blend of programming, statistics, machine learning, optimization, big data, linguistics, and computational practice.
Other relevant programs include the Marriott School's Information Systems Program and the Applied & Computational Mathematics Emphasis in the Mathematics Department