About Statistics and Data Science
Develop skills in 'big data' as you prepare for a high-impact career.
Data science plays a key role in our society, driving growth in economic sectors from finance and insurance to manufacturing, retail trade and professional services. With a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Data Science from PennWest California, you'll be prepared to meet the growing demand for skilled data scientists in a variety of fields.
Companies such as Amazon, eBay, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and many more rely on tailored content, advertising and personalized experiences. These companies were among the first to harness the power of big data, which is generated at an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes each day.
Numerous studies indicate that the demand for college graduates with data science skills will increase significantly as the "data deluge" sweeps into nearly every business and industry.
PennWest California's B.S. in Statistics and Data Science program teaches you to think like a data scientist as you develop core competencies in:
- Basic tools, such as statistical software and programming languages.
- Statistics and machine learning.
- Calculus and linear algebra.
- Data cleaning.
- Data visualization and communication.
- Software engineering.
Master software products that have become industry standards.
Undergraduates in PennWest California's Statistics and Data Science program receive in-depth training in the tools used to analyze and manage data in workplaces throughout Pennsylvania, across the United States and around the world.
This includes software by SAS, a recognized world leader in business analytics software and services. You'll learn to use SAS for data analysis, data cleaning and data preparation; SAS Visual Analytics to visualize data; and Hadoop for processing and storing big data sets.
PennWest California students also receive extensive training in R software for statistical computing and graphics, the Python programming language for statistical modeling, and Tableau for tasks such as identifying statistical trends.
By pairing data science competencies with applied learning that utilizes industry-standard software, this bachelor’s degree program equips you for a high-impact career as a statistician, data scientist or informatics professional in a variety of fields.