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

Danel Draguljic

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair of Mathematics

Data Science

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Aaron F Howard

Teaching Professor of Biology

Biological Foundations of Behavior; Data Science

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Yi-Ching Lee

Assistant Professor of Data Science

Data Science

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Iwan Praton

Professor of Mathematics, Program Chair of Data Science

Data Science

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Learning Outside the Classroom

Research Opportunities

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.
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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

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 academic journey.
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Success Beyond F&M

The tremendous success of F&M graduates demonstrates the tangible value of an F&M degree when compared to national outcomes. Within six months after graduation, 95% of the Class of 2022 were either employed or furthering their education. This is notably higher than the national average, which is typically in the mid-80% range.

Graduate School

A major in data science prepares students to succeed in graduate school by providing the necessary skills to navigate data-driven research environments.

Career Paths

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
  • Finance
  • Business analytics
  • Market research
  • Risk management
  • Healthcare administration
  • Public health
  • Environmental sustainability

Related Fields of Study

Computer Science

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.