Big Data is a big part of our lives and has become a critical engine of society and industry. Our bachelor’s degree in computer science with a specialization in data science can prepare you to meet the needs of those who rely on the insights from data to help keep everything from healthcare to banking and beyond moving—and, more importantly, moving forward.

About Salem’s Data Science Bachelor’s Degree

Salem University’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program with a specialization in Data Science has been designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter this exciting field and advance in their careers in the technology industry. Our data science bachelor’s degree program offers a supportive, diverse experience that combines classroom instruction by experienced faculty with skills-building exercises and real-world applications. A BSCS degree can also be a great stepping off point toward getting your Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).

We’ve designed our bachelor’s degree curriculum with the goal of providing a high-quality education that prepares you for lifelong learning. We aim to develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and encourage our students to read critically, ask appropriate questions, gather information, and apply critical analysis. And we do all of this within a framework that fits into your current life and responsibilities with our unique, one-course-a-month schedule. Salem offers STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the US Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the Nation and the World.

What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science?

A bachelor’s in data science can help you prepare for entry-level employment in careers like:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Requirements Analyst
  • Data and Technology Consultant

What Will I Learn in Salem’s Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science?

Our Bachelor of Science in Data Science program focuses on the tools and techniques that can harness the power of data mining.

In your specialized Data Science courses, you’ll cover topics like:

  • How to use Structured Query Language (SQL) to update and manage large volumes of institutional information in a standardized way, including adding, changing, and deleting records across multiple datasets
  • The proper storage of information within large, complex databases, how such information is organized, how operational systems are integrated and channeled to a data warehouse, and the use of appropriate tools to analyze and organize data
  • The importance of information security as it relates to data and the applications utilized within the realm of data science, including identifying sources of risk and mitigating techniques
  • How to use business intelligence tools to handle large quantities of data, improve data mining, provide predictive information, and develop business strategies
  • Techniques for analyzing Big Data, discovering patterns within the unstructured information, and creating more robust, efficient decision-making capabilities for the enterprise

What Data Science Classes Will I Take?

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree program with a specialization in Data Science requires the completion of 75 foundational and elective credits, as well as 30 core computer science credits that include:

  • CS100 Principles of Computer Science
  • CS110 Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • CS120 Fundamentals of Computation
  • CS130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • CS150 Introduction to Programming
  • CS310 Database Architectures
  • CS350 Operating Systems
  • CS409 Networking
  • CS445 Project Management
  • CS499 Senior Capstone

You’ll also take 15 credits in the Data Science specialization:

  • CS401 Advanced Database Development
  • CS402 Data Mining & Data Warehousing
  • CS403 Data Science Security
  • CS404 Business Intelligence
  • CS405 Data Analytics

How Long Will It Take to Get My Data Science Bachelor’s Degree?

On average, a full-time student can earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree specializing in Data Science in approximately 40 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. Contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.

Why Should I Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

Take the Next Step

If you’re interested in getting started on your degree from Salem University, request more information today!