Student sits in LVC computer programming class.

Data Science

The modern economy runs on data. To succeed, organizations must have tools to collect and organize data, then build software systems that apply models to that data to find patterns and make informed predictions about the future. LVC’s Data Science Program develops technical expertise while also emphasizing flexibility and foundational skills that will enable you to adapt to new technologies and paradigms long after graduation.

Students begin the program by laying a foundation in mathematics (with calculus and linear algebra), statistics, and computer programming. Through classroom experiences and individual and team projects, they learn how to build, evaluate, and deploy models that use data to clarify uncertainty, assess new information, and inform decisions.

Learn More About the Program

The LVC Data Science Program leverages the faculty’s decades-long expertise in mathematics, actuarial science, and computer science. Along the way, students learn to use industry-standard tools for collecting and managing data. The result is an interdisciplinary major that prepares graduates to take jobs in this rapidly growing field.

Students sit in LVC computer programming class.

A Forward-Thinking Degree for the New Data Economy

LVC data science majors gain expertise in mathematics, statistics, and computer programming. They explore machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to build software systems trained to use data to see patterns that humans cannot. Examples include:

  • Software that can examine MRI scans to identify possible diseases
  • Tools that can analyze customer patterns and suggest products
  • Robots that can organize a warehouse for optimized logistics
  • Artificial intelligence that can learn from experience to drive a car
  • Systems that can evaluate current economic indicators and assess the risk of business decisions
expected job growth for data scientists, 2022-32 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
median annual wage for data scientists in 2022 (BLS)
growing career, 2021–31

Choose Your Focus

Are you more interested in the programming side of things? Find the theory particularly engaging? Do you want to focus on business analytics and risk assessment? We’ve designed our data science major to be combined with our computer sciencemathematics, or actuarial science majors in flexible ways, providing students with the ability to customize their program. What’s more, we’ve built the program so that you can decide on these combinations in your first couple of years at LVC and still finish with what you want on time.

In Their Words

I chose Data Science at LVC because I knew that it would give me the skills to prepare me for everything from internships and my career path to actuarial exams for my other major. My favorite part about the program is the professors; everyone is incredibly welcoming and wants you to succeed.
Hunter Walker ’25, Data Science, Actuarial Science, and Mathematics Triple Major
I chose to major in Data Science so I could take raw data and present it in a form that is understandable and useful to anyone. I like that LVC’s program teaches a proper mix of technical skills and real-world applications leading to a well-rounded curriculum.
Ethan Dailey ’24, Data Science & Actuarial Science

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