Data Science Major

Understand and solve problems for business, research and social impact.

Data science is an adaptable major that prepares you to analyze large data sets and identify patterns and trends. These skills apply to a variety of professional fields like healthcare, retail, research, national security, genomics, business and more.

Why study data science at the College of Charleston?

The College's program is the very first undergraduate data science program in the United States. This interdisciplinary program combines mathematics and computer science to gather and analyze data. You can focus on biomedical fields, business analytics, digital humanities and more.

What will I learn?

You'll apply computing and math to pursue careers in data-intensive fields. Learn to gather and analyze information from multidimensional data sets and complex systems. Select a specialization. 

  • Business analytics
  • Sciences
  • Social science
  • Arts and humanities

Develop your skillset, whether you plan to crunch numbers for sports analytics, precision medicine or Google.

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Program Highlights

The data science program synthesizes computer science and math. It's perfect if you are curious, analytical, creative and logical.
  • Hands-On Learning

    Our program boasts a strong mix of hands-on laboratory and theoretical classes. You will receive a personalized and exceptional educational experience. You'll also have many opportunities to participate in undergraduate research with your professors.

    Internship Opportunities 
    We'll help you network with global brands, government agencies and local businesses. Through internship and mentorship opportunities, you'll develop strong connections that last after graduation. Recent graduates have had internships with organizations such as:
    • Capgemini.
    • Boeing.
    • Bosch.
    • Mercedes-Benz Vans.
    • Volvo.
    Study Abroad

    With the Department of Hispanic Studies, we co-sponsor a study abroad program. You can travel to Trujillo, Spain to study data science in an international context.

  • Senior Project

    You'll complete a semester-long capstone software development project. This project will synthesize all you have learned with the input and guidance of an industry client and a faculty supervisor.

  • Location

    Charleston is the Silicon Harbor. There are more than 400 tech companies in the region. This provides you with numerous opportunities for research, internships and hands-on learning.

Careers & Outcomes

A data science degree prepares you for a career in a wide range of fields. Our graduates work in all areas of industry. Recent students pursued opportunities in data mining, business intelligence, national security, biomedical informatics and more.

About the minor

Data science can be a valuable tool in any industry with data for use as business intelligence. A minor in data science can give you a competitive edge as you enter the workforce. 

View Curriculum: Data Science Minor