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Data Analytics



Data Analytics

Data analytics will be a critical tool in shaping the future, and those with the right skills and perspective will be ready to help tackle important issues, including climate change, the future of work, globalization, healthcare, artificial intelligence and critical aspects of privacy and security. Data analytics at Dickinson was designed to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, integrating computational acumen with opportunities in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, languages and humanities.

Data analytics majors will learn to be critical consumers, users, explorers and communicators of data, ready for a multitude of postgraduate degrees, careers and experiences. The major will give students a depth and breadth of knowledge, including the technical expertise to perform sophisticated analyses, and the ability to meaningfully comprehend, critique and construct data-driven arguments.

The data analytics curriculum at Dickinson is highly interdisciplinary, involving:

  • foundational courses in mathematics and computer science
  • a course in the philosophy and ethics of data
  • an experiential component such as an internship or an independent research project
  • a three-course disciplinary focus in a field that allows students to meaningfully apply their skills in data analysis to a particular subject area.

This data analytics curriculum will prepare students to become the citizen-leaders and agents of change in today’s data-rich environment, ready to adapt rapidly to the data-driven global society of today and tomorrow.

Contact Info

Department co-chairs

Dick ForresterProfessor of Mathematics and Data Analytics
Emily MarshallAssociate Professor of Economics and Data Analytics
Department Email

Department coordinator

Shane GleasonDepartment coordinator

Phone

717-245-1381

Fax

Location

Tome Hall Mailing Address

Student Perspective

"Majoring in data analytics and environmental science is a good challenge for my mind, body and soul. The environmental sciences major provides me with a myriad of experience to grow a deeper love for the environment and awareness toward environmental justice issues. The data analytics major allows me to build my computational abilities and confidence as a problem solver. Together, I get to see and experience the connections between sustainability, social justice and big data and envision how I can make my mark."

— Michelle Cao ’25



Data Analytics Department News

Data Analytics Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Data Analytics Major Jobs and Graduate School Acceptances 2024

Data analytics majors secure jobs at Amazon, Futures Sports and Entertainment, and Naval Supply Systems Command.

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

Dickinson to Host Discussion on Gender Biases in the Workplace

The female chief information officers from two central Pennsylvania colleges will discuss gender biases in the workplace.

Dickinson Celebrates Outstanding Research & Writing  

Dickinson Celebrates Outstanding Research & Writing  

Dickinson honors the winners of its annual FYS Excellence in Writing Award, the Prize for Excellence in First Year Research and the Research Prize for Sophomores or Juniors.

Basketball by the Numbers

Basketball by the Numbers

After interning with the athletics department, Andrew Scheiner '25 (comp sci, data analytics) researched tipoffs and jump balls in professional basketball and presented findings at MathFest 2023.

Math Is for Aliens

Math Is for Aliens

Professor of Mathematics and Data Analytics Dick Forrester discusses the universal utility of mathematics, roundhouse kicks and how data analytics holds the promise of true transformation.

Student Snapshot: Michelle Cao ’25  

Student Snapshot: Michelle Cao ’25  

”I get to see and experience the connections between sustainability, social justice and big data and envision how I can make my mark," says Michelle Cao '25 of her Dickinson experience.