BU Launches 100% Online Data Science Program
Program Equips Students With “Big Data” Skills Employers Need
BELLEVUE, Nebraska – Bellevue University, one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, recently launched a new 100% online applied Bachelor of Science in Data Science degree program that addresses the needs of employers who are dealing with ever-increasing amounts of data and students who are seeking careers as data scientists.
“Today’s organizations are absolutely inundated with data,” said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins. “But data doesn’t have value unless businesses have skilled employees who are able to provide the kind of insights that turn that data into better decisions and business strategies.”
“Our data science bachelor’s program develops true data scientists,” said Dr. Hawkins. “Graduates know how to analyze data, manage it at the enterprise level, and transform it into real life actionable solutions.” The program also provides a pathway to Bellevue University’s data science graduate degree program.
Bellevue University’s BS in Data Science takes a different approach than traditional data science programs that focus solely on the theoretical aspects of data, said Dr. Mary Dobransky, Dean of the College of Science and Technology. “This is an applied program that prepares students for data science roles in fields like banking, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing,” said Dr. Dobransky. She added that those roles will likely continue to increase in number. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for computer and information research scientists are expected to increase 19% by 2026.
“The portfolio aspect of Bellevue University’s data science program takes it to the next level. It makes sure students have exposure to the same tools and technology that businesses are using today."
A key part of the Bellevue University program’s applied focus is that each student will graduate with a Data Science Portfolio. Catie Williams, Program Director, said the portfolios will feature real life projects that demonstrate the depth and breadth of graduates’ ability to analyze data to solve problems.
“The portfolio aspect of Bellevue University’s data science program takes it to the next level. It makes sure students have exposure to the same tools and technology that businesses are using today,” explained Williams.
She said students will solve problems using Python; visualize data with R, Tableau and PowerBI; conduct data analysis using statistical models, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI); and tackle Big Data storage and management problems with solutions like Hadoop, Spark, Deep Learning and more.
“When they graduate, students will be able to use data to tell a story,” said Williams. “They’ll be extremely familiar with the tools,” she said, “and be confident presenting to an executive team or a stakeholder group.”
The Bellevue University Bachelor of Data Science degree program also stands out as one of the few 100% fully online programs of its kind. “We’ve erased the barriers that often get in the way for working adults, many with families, who want to get their degree,” said Dr. Dobransky.
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 57,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).