Data Science Major

Turn data into actionable intel. Find the meaning in the numbers, and use it to manage and interpret data to solve the world’s problems.

A data science major gives you the diverse background and critical thinking skills to make sense of the data-driven world and be a creative problem solver. Use it to improve the education process, understand and prevent athletic injuries, improve and tailor medicine to individual patient needs, impact the humanitarian/nonprofit/government sectors, and more.

Coursework combines computer science, statistics and a choice of application areas (e.g., business, biology, chemistry, mathematics, communication, psychology, political science), including an internship.

Why Major in Data Science?

  • Hands-on experience through internships, locally and in urban centers: Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, GolfWeek Amateur Golf Tour’s National Championships, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Labs, and more.
  • Houghton’s Center for Data Science Analytics offers a student-led consulting program that draws on multidisciplinary collaboration, providing students with experiential learning opportunities and networking while offering alumni and industry leaders the data analysis and solutions they need to serve our region and the world.
  • Salaries for data scientists range from $52,000 to $250,000 for top-level management positions.
  • By 2018, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates a shortage of 1.5 million data-literate managers, meaning plenty of job opportunities for graduates.

Major Requirements

Carmen Mckell

Featured Testimonial

Houghton College is an ideal environment for students who are creative, curious, openminded problem-solvers with a moral compass and the ability to communicate across a variety of disciplines…all of which are essential skills for a good data scientist.

Carmen McKell '87 President, BaseMetrics Inc.


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