3 reasons to choose CSU’s Data Science major

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Trying to dig a little deeper into Colorado State’s majors, just starting out in your major search, or want to see what it looks like to be a student in a certain major? Our “3 reasons” series is the perfect place to start. In each installment, we’re bringing you three standout reasons to choose a major, written by the people who work and teach in those majors every day. 

Data science is the study of big data. Located in the College of Natural Sciences, the data science major teaches students how to analyze various data sets to gain knowledge and translate that data into something that is easy to understand. Data scientists take data and communicate it to help leaders, companies, government agencies, and even small business owners make better and more-effective decisions for consumers. Here are three reasons that the data science major might be for you.

#1. You’ll learn about data science from every angle and get to choose a specialization.

Studying data science with experts in math, statistics, computer science, and economics allows you to investigate big data sets from many angles. You can then choose to focus your studies in one of those four areas and get a deeper look into how data and data science can be used there.

#2. You’ll complete a capstone project that will be a highlight for your resume.

Every student who studies data science at CSU will complete a capstone project their final year in the program. These projects are very impressive to employers and graduate schools because they show that students can take the concepts they learn in class and apply them to real-world challenges.  

#3. You’ll learn how to apply scientific methods to data analysis.

As a data science student at CSU, you’ll learn how to use scientific methods to analyze data, gain insights, think critically about the information you find, and communicate the results. With the increase of large data sets across industries, this skillset is in high demand … and it can translate to a variety of well-paying careers in industries that range from government to international work to entertainment.

Think Data Science at CSU might be a good fit for you?

Learn more about the major, the four concentrations, and the classes you’ll take throughout your studies.


Meet a current Data Science major.

Hear this student’s story on how he discovered the Data Science major and knew it was right for him.