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Data Science

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

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Melanie Steimle
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Data Science Clubs

Data Science Club

November 15, 2021 11:39 AM
We seek to connect members with data science companies and aid members in developing data science skills. We provide students with additional educational resources, including workshops, online courses, and professional tutoring. We engage our students in real-world data science projects with companies and organizations pioneering innovation in Utah and throughout the nation.

Relevant Clubs: Information SystemsStatistics, Computer Science, Mathematics

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Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

November 30, 2021 11:14 AM
To all you problem solvers and chronic thinkers, the BYU Chapter of SIAM is invested in your future. We will prepare you for a successful career in research or industry and connect you with a global community of 14,500+ applied mathematicians and computational scientists. Come join us and make your future come today.

Relevant programs: Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics, Statistics

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Find information on data science research opportunities on the Computer Science website:

Data Science Research

Also browse the Mathematics and Statistics department websites for more employment, internship, capstone, and research opportunities.