Data Science

MajorMinorBachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
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Shaping leaders for an information-driven world.

The Data Science major unites statistical exploration, rigorous analysis, and meaningful interpretation, with computational processing and advanced algorithmic methods. This unique combination equips you with the skills to extract valuable insights from domain-specific data, thereby enabling you to make informed, accountable decisions that hold immense significance in various industries.

Beyond the departmental requisites, students pursuing this major will embark on a comprehensive academic journey, encompassing the University Core Curriculum, the language requirement specified by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and additional essential general requirements. This holistic approach to education ensures that graduates of the Data Science program are well-rounded individuals who possess both the technical proficiency and broader knowledge needed to excel in their professional pursuits.

Program Information


Students in the Data Science program will take courses taught by faculty from both the Mathematical Sciences and the Computer Science & Software Engineering departments. Sample courses in this program include:

  • MA 369 – Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • MA 468 – Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
  • CS 248 – Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures
  • CS 333 – Database Systems
  • CS 351 – Algorithms

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Rasitha Jayesekere
Associate Professor – Statistics and Actuarial Science
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Rasitha Jayesekere is the Director of Statistics and Actuarial Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Her main research interests are statistics, data mining, operations research, and community based learning…
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Ankur Gupta
Professor – Computer Science
Computer Science and Software Engineering – LAS
Ankur Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Butler University. Dr. Gupta completed his undergraduate work and a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in Computer…
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Mohammad Patwary
Assistant Professor – Statistics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Mohammad Shaha A. Patwary is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science at Butler University. Before completing his M.S. degree in Applied Statistics from Minnesota State University, Mankato, Dr….
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