About Data Science
Our Program and Courses
Data science at F&M focuses on computer science and statistical analysis. You may major in data science or complete a joint major, which allows you to apply skills in data science to a specific field. Examples of joint majors include:
- Data Science & Business, Organizations and Society
- Data Science & Economics
- Data Science & Mathematics
- Data Science & Public Health
By the time you graduate, you will have developed skills in:
- Data management
- Statistical analysis
- Computer science
- Technical writing
- Quantitative reasoning
Wondering what data science courses are like? Explore our course catalog to see what classes are available to you.
Our Faculty and Staff
Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair of Mathematics
Data ScienceContact »
Teaching Professor of Biology
Biological Foundations of Behavior; Data ScienceContact »
Learning Outside the Classroom
Are there theories or questions you’re eager to investigate? You can at F&M. The cornerstone
of our educational experience is students working and learning side-by-side with faculty
who want to help you test ideas — not just talk or read about them. While most undergraduate
institutions reserve research opportunities for students in their graduate programs,
we want you to engage now — not later. At F&M, you’ll find numerous opportunities
to convert theory into practice and enjoy hands-on experience in and out of the classroom.
Explore research at F&M
Internships not only enrich your academic journey, but also allow you to immerse yourself
in the day-to-day life of your field prior to entering the workforce or pursuing an
advanced degree. These short-term work experiences help you identify the careers and
industries that best fit your distinctive talents and developing interests, while
making you a more competitive applicant for the post-graduate job market. You can
even submit an application to earn academic credit for your internship experience.
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Off-campus study is an integral component of an F&M liberal arts education. In fact,
more than 50% of F&M students engage in an off-campus experience, whether it be a
semester-long program or summer internship or research project. These experiences
aren’t simply time away from campus; they’re seamlessly connected with your entire
Explore off-campus study at F&M
Success Beyond F&M
A major in data science prepares students to succeed in graduate school by providing the necessary skills to navigate data-driven research environments.
Employers increasingly expect employees to have the analytical skills to deal with large data sets, and F&M graduates with experience in data science report that it has helped them succeed on the job market.
A degree in data science can prepare you for careers in:
- Machine learning
- Computer engineering
- Information systems
- Business analytics
- Market research
- Risk management
- Healthcare administration
- Public health
- Environmental sustainability
Related Fields of Study
As technology evolves and our understanding of computerized systems increases, computer science has become more advanced. At F&M, you’ll explore this ever-changing field, learning the mathematical basis of modern computer science, gaining technical and programming skills, and understanding how to put theory into practice.
The study of mathematics is ancient, and its roots in clear and creative thought can still be seen today. While studying mathematics at F&M, you will learn both the fundamental foundations and theories of the field as well as how to apply these theories to real-life problems.
Business, Organizations & Society
Do you imagine yourself in management, marketing, accounting, or finance after graduating from college? Study Business, Organizations & Society at F&M and learn to think critically and lead effectively in a variety of environments, from small businesses to large corporations and from for-profit to nonprofit.
Data Science at F&M
July 19, 2023
F&M Data Science Major Debuts in Fall
This fall, F&M will offer as a new major data science, applicable in practically everything, from business to health care to transportation.