Data Analytics - Bachelor of Arts

Data Analytics combines statistical methods, programming skills and deep knowledge in a field of application to extract meaning from large, unstructured or complex data sets with the goal of informing policy, decisions, or scholarly research. Students select a concentration in one of four areas of application:

  • Geospatial Analytics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sport Analytics
  • Social Data Analytics

Students majoring in the Geospatial Analytics concentration may not co-major in Analytics. Students majoring in the Bioinformatics concentration may not minor in Bioinformatics. Students majoring in the Sport Analytics concentration may not minor in Sport Analytics. Students majoring in the Social Data Analytics concentration may count no more than nine (9) credit hours toward this major and a major in Political Science, Gerontology or Sociology, and they may count no more than six (6) credit hours toward a minor in Political Science, Gerontology or Sociology.

Program Requirements

Prerequisites for this program include:

  • Introductory Statistics (AP Statistics, STA 261, STA 301, or ISA 225);
  • Precalculus (MTH 104 or MTH 123 or MTH 125) or Calculus 1 (AP Calculus or MTH 151) or an ACT Math score of at least 26 or an SAT Math score of at least 600 or at least 16 on the Miami International Math Placement Test.
Core Courses - required for all concentrations
ENG 285Professional Communication for Data Analytics3
MTH 133Mathematical Foundations of Data Analytics3-4
or ISA 250 Basic Math for Analytics
PHL 286Data, Ethics, and Society3
STA 308Introduction to Programming and Scripting for Data Analytics3
STA 309Building, Managing and Exploring Data Sets in Analytics3
STA 363Introduction to Statistical Modeling3
or ISA 291 Applied Regression Analysis in Business
or POL 306 Applied Research Methods
Select one of the concentrations shown below
Students may not select multiple concentrations.
Total Credit Hours36-38

Concentration in Geospatial Analytics

Select one of the following:3-4
Global Forces, Local Diversity
Earth's Physical Environment
Geographic Perspectives on the Environment
Geography of Urban Diversity
Geohazards and the Solid Earth
Select all of the following:
GEO 242Mapping a Changing World3
GEO 441Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 442Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEO 448Techniques and Applications of Remote Sensing3
Select one of the following:3
Python Programming for Geospatial Applications
Advanced Systematic Geography
Total Credit Hours18-19

Concentration in Bioinformatics

BIO 116Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology4
BIO 256Introduction to Programming for the Life Sciences3
BIO 466Bioinformatics Computing Skills3
BIO 485Bioinformatics Principles3
BIO, MBI or CHM at the 200-level or above (BIO 342, MBI 365 or BIO 444 are recommended).6
Total Credit Hours19

 Concentration in Sport Analytics

KNH 273Sport Communication & Media3
KNH 275Introduction to Sport Analytics3
KNH 313Sport Economics and Finance3
KNH 416Sport Marketing3
KNH 418Sport Econometrics3
KNH 472Sport Administration3
Total Credit Hours18

Concentration in Social Data

Select one of the following two emphases:9
Political Science emphasis
Select one of the following:
Comparative Politics
American Political System
Public Administration
World Politics
Select two more POL courses at the 300 or 400 level. No course may be counted for both the Political Science emphasis and the Advanced Data Courses requirement in this concentration.
Gerontology/Sociology emphasis
Select one of the following:
Sociology in a Global Context
Big Ideas in Aging
Global Aging
Select two of the following:
Social Forces and Aging
Medical Sociology
Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology
Gerontology Capstone Internship
Aging & Health
Applied Sociological Research
Advanced Data Courses
GTY 479Research on Inequality in Aging & Health4
Select two of the following:5-6
Public Opinion Laboratory
Data & Decision Making in Aging
Decision-Making in Public Affairs
Total Credit Hours18-19

Note: Students seeking the major in Data Analytics meet the College of Arts and Science Writing Requirement by taking ENG 285.