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Major Requirements

Data Analytics is a joint program of the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences. The program offers integrated study in mathematics, statistics, and communication, and is designed to prepare students for a broad variety of research-oriented careers in just about any field. 

A few degree options are offered. The Data Analytics major is available as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the College of Arts and Sciences and as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) from the College of Business and Public Administration. Students are required to complete 30 hours of major coursework for these majors.

The Data Analytics major core consists of 30 credit hours, with the specialty requiring 9–12 hours. Specialties include: finance, eCommerce, biology, marketing, mathematics, computer science, insurance, actuarial science, and economics. 

The Major Core

  1. IT Applications for Business (exposure to the statistical languages R and SAS)
  2. Introduction to Computer Science I and II
  3. Ethics in Data Analysis
  4. Probability/Statistics
  5. Statistical Modeling and Data Analysis II
  6. Machine Learning
  7. Cloud Computing and Database Systems
  8. Data Analysis: Generalized Linear Models and Data Mining
  9. Case Studies in Data Analytics and Big Data

The Data Analytics minor requires 21-22 credits in major coursework.

Minor Coursework

  1. IT Applications for Business
  2. One of the following: Statistics for the Life Sciences; Statistics I; Probability/Statistics
  3. Introduction to Computer Science I
  4. Business Calculus (Math 28 or Calculus I)
  5. Data Analysis OR Generalized Linear Models and Data Mining
  6. Cloud Computing and Database Systems OR Database Management
  7. Generalized Linear Models and Data Mining (if not taken as Option 5) OR Machine Learning
CBPA News
December 7, 2017
Drake University will hold a commencement ceremony this month to celebrate the accomplishments of 325 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who completed their degree requirements as of the conclusion fall 2017 semester.