This high demand, interdisciplinary field draws from mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Gain insights and make predictions based on large and complex data sets using various analytical and statistical methods.

Cover topics such as machine and statistical learning, data visualization, and big data. Choose to focus on a particular research question in a field of interest such as religious studies, sport management, or finance.

Explore Internships & Careers

Internship opportunities offer real-world experiences. You can complete internships for academic credit or non-credit. Past internships include:

  • Mechdyne Corporation
  • Field of Dreams
  • City of Dubuque, Information Services
  • UFG Insurance, Quality Assurance Automation

You will be prepared for a variety of engaging careers:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Intelligence Developer
  • Statistician
  • Business Analyst

Course Highlights

Data Visualization

This course provides an introduction to the field of data and information visualization, a key sub-field in the area of data analysis and mining. Specific analytic topics covered include: tables & charting, multi-dimensionality of data, handling unstructured data, and advanced visualization tools and techniques.

Statistical Learning

In this course, students will learn to use and interpret various methods for modeling and understanding complex datasets. Students will explore the theoretical underpinnings of regression techniques and classification methods for both supervised and unsupervised learning. Students will also learn to use appropriate software to apply these methods

Big Data Analytics

In this course, students will learn about the challenges inherent in dealing with the large datasets prevalent in today’s business environment. This includes issues regarding how to store large datasets and how to gain insight from their data. Issues discussed will include how to keep the data secure and how to process the information in these datasets in an efficient manner. It will also look at various ways datasets can be structured. Students will learn how and when to use different tools that exist to analyze these large datasets.

Graduate Opportunities

Pair your data science degree with our Master of Science in Applied Analytics. In as little as one year, you can complete your master’s degree and apply the latest methods and technologies in gathering, reporting, and analyzing corporate data.

Clubs & Orgs

We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved from the moment you set foot on campus.

ACM Club
Math Club

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

I am so grateful for the opportunities the Loras community has provided me. Being a Duhawk gave me a lifelong community that continues to create opportunities and provide support in all aspects of life.

— Emma (’21)

Meet Your Professors

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Susan Crook  PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Angela Kohlhaas  PhD

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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