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Data Science

In today’s world, everything is generating data – from a farmer’s combine on the fields to a patient’s electronic medical records to the videos you watch on YouTube.

As “big data” has emerged, businesses have realized that they need scientists with the technical knowledge and statistical abilities to analyze data and communicate their findings to the world. That’s where you come in.

Majoring in data science at Purdue will place you at the forefront of an emerging field and prepare you for an exciting career at the intersection of computer science and statistics.

This major will open pathways to careers in virtually every area of society, from healthcare, security and sustainability to education, business and economics.

Plan of Study

Data Science Webpage

Transfer to Data Science

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.5

Additional Requirements: Completion of at least one semester of college-level calculus equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500 with a grade of B or higher, plus one of the following:

  • Grade of B or higher in a college-level object-oriented programming class
  • Computer Science A or AB AP test score of 4 or 5 
  • Computer Science IB HL test score of 5 or higher 
  • Computer Science A-Level exam with a grade of B or higher
  • Military or industry experience will be considered in lieu of course or advance credit exam

All applicants who meet these minimum requirements will be evaluated holistically for admission to this high-demand program. 

Contact Information

Director of Recruiting, College of Science
(765) 494-1771

College of Science

Careers in Data Science

Glassdoor named the data scientist the No. 1 occupation on a recent “Best Jobs in America” listing. The average entry-level salary for data scientists is $86,000.

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