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Why Study Data Science and Predictive Analytics?

A relatively new field, data science and predictive analytics seeks to understand the phenomenon of Big Data and how companies benefit from the use of massive amounts of data. As the first data science and predictive analytics program in Wisconsin, UWRF’s Data Science Program combines computer science and information systems, math and business to prepare you for a career in an in-demand and rapidly growing field.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand Big Data and the challenges of capturing, storing and retrieving massive data.
  • Apply data-based analytical approaches to identify and solve problems.
  • Develop and cultivate interpersonal communication skills, problem-solving skills, organization and time management skills.

 

Types of Courses

  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Data Structures
  • Data Visualization
  • Database Management Systems
  • Information System
  • Massive Data Storage and Retrieval
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Programming
  • Web Development

“My favorite course was Data Visualization. It sparked my interest in data visualization and put the power of data science on display. Interpreting data and placing it into a format that anyone can understand is powerful and extremely important in the world we live in today. It was one of the most influential courses for me because it opened up the data science field even more and showed how data science will grow and become continually more important.”

 

– Carolyn Guse, data science and predictive analytics major, chemistry minor


Potential Careers

As a data science and predictive analytics graduate, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of in-demand roles including:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Big Data or Machine Learning Architect
  • Data, Data Mining or Business Analyst
  • Data Scientist 
  • Data Warehouse Analyst or Administrator
  • Database Manager or Administrator
  • Software Engineer or Developer