Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics

Program Overview
Data Analytics is an emerging 21st century technology related to the explosion of “Big Data.” BS-DA addresses the growing demand for skilled professionals to identify, analyze, interpret and present the volumes of data that are available to organizations in the Information Age. Through the cross-disciplinary curriculum, you will learn to discover patterns and the relationships in large data sets, resolve business questions and make data-driven decisions, and effectively communicate informed tactical and strategic business objectives. The need for data analysts to prepare and analyze large data sets exists across all modern industries. McKinsey Global Institute has estimated a gap of 140,000–190,000 skilled professionals to fill the demand for deep analytical talent that will be required by 2018. A major impediment to the widespread use of big data is the lack of workers with the appropriate training and skills. Employment opportunities for data analysts are abundant in both public and private sectors, including healthcare, business, finance, manufacturing, energy, education, government and science. Job titles include data analyst, database architect, data warehousing specialist, business intelligence analyst, and data scientist.

Admissions Requirement
1. AS, AA, Bachelor’s degree or 60 credits from a regionally accredited school
2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
3. Completed the following prerequisite coursework:

  • STA 2023 – Statistical Methods
  • CTS 1437 – SQL Administration
  • CTS 2433 – SQL Implementation
  • GEB 2100 – Introduction to Business Analytics

Note: you may be required to retake technical courses if they were taken more than 4 years ago and were not part of a completed degree.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the BS-DA program, students will be able to:

  • Discover patterns and the relationships in large data sets applying statistical tools
  • Resolve business questions and make recommendations through data mining methods
  • Communicate tactical and strategic objectives utilizing data visualization techniques

Upper Division Coursework

  • STA 3164 - Statistical Methods II
  • CTS 3452 - Business Intelligence
  • GEB 3522 - Applied Business Analytics
  • CIS 3368 - Data Security & Governance
  • CAP 3770 - Predictive Analytics Algorithms
  • STA 4210 - Regression Analysis
  • CAP 4767 - Data Mining
  • CAP 4744 - Data Visualization
  • CAP 4784 - Big Data
  • CAP 4910 - Data Analytics Capstone

Links for more information

  • A.A. pathway to Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics S5510 / S9510
  • A.S. pathway to Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics S5510 / S9510
  • Bachelor of Science interest form

FAQs for the BS-IST

  • What career opportunities exist for graduates?
    • Employment opportunities for data analysts are abundant in both public and private sectors, including healthcare, business, finance, manufacturing, energy, education, government and science. Job titles include data analyst, database architect, data warehousing specialist, business intelligence analyst, and data scientist.
  • Can I transfer credits from another institution?
    • Yes, provided the courses you have taken fit into the program requirements of the BS; you earned a C or higher with a 2.5 GPA in lower division technology classes; and the courses were taken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Is there a limit to the number of credits I can transfer?
    • While many of your credits from another institution might meet requirements of the BS-DA, not all may count toward the degree. In order to be awarded the BS-DA from MDC, the last 30 credits need to be completed at MDC. This may limit the number of transfer credits
  • Can I substitute classes I have taken for the prerequisites listed in the admissions requirement above?
    • The prerequisite courses are required by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisite Manual approved by the Articulation Coordinating Committee. Universities and community colleges cannot grant unapproved course substitutions for either native students or transfers from Florida public institutions. In some cases a higher level course, for example Calculus may be substituted for college algebra, but only as defined within the Common Course Prerequisites Manual.
  • After graduating can I pursue a masters degree?
    • The BS meets the general bachelor’s degree requirements for acceptance into most masters programs. We recommend, however, that you review the admission requirements at the specific institution you plan to attend.
  • I haven’t met the Foreign Language requirement. Is there a way around it?
    • No, this is a requirement of the State of Florida to earn a bachelors degree. If you have not met the foreign language requirements of two courses but are fluent in a language other than English, you may also consider taking a CLEP exam. Please contact the testing office for more information.
  • Do you accept the computer competency test in lieu of the computer class?
    • No. Successfully completing CGS 1060 is a required pre-requisite for the program.
  • Will courses be offered online?
    • Yes, they are/will be offered online! Many of the elective courses are also currently available online through MDC’s Virtual College.
  • Is this program eligible for financial aid?
    • Yes. If you haven’t applied for financial aid, we urge you to do so immediately.
  • When will classes be offered?
    • The program will begin in the Fall 2016 (2016-1) term. This Summer Term (2015-3) would be a great time to make up any pre-requisites you might need.
  • What is the average class size?
    • We expect that the average upper level class will be between 20 - 35 students.