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BS in Information Sciences + Data Science

Create data-driven solutions

Are you interested in analyzing data? Do you want to help people use information to achieve their goals? If so, our bachelor's degree in information sciences + data science (BS/IS+DS) is right for you.

As a BS/IS+DS student, you will learn how to collect, organize, analyze, and store data in ways that help organizations manage processes and make decisions. You also will learn how to communicate and collaborate so that you can work effectively with others.

Our interdisciplinary curriculum combines information sciences, statistics, computer science, and math to prepare you for a successful career or graduate studies.

The BS/IS+DS is part of a campus-wide partnership to provide interdisciplinary education in data science. It consists of a collaboration between the iSchool and other colleges, including the Gies College of Business, the Computer Science Department in Grainger Engineering College, and the Statistics Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 27.9% in data science jobs from 2016 to 2026.
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Careers

The iSchool is dedicated to student success, and our career services team collaborates across campus to leverage resources in support of our students. These resources include multiple platforms and programs to facilitate career readiness and job search strategy. In addition, our School offers career coaching, mentoring, a career fair, employer site visits, individual counseling, and internship and practicum opportunities to prepare students for professional success.

After graduation, you'll be able to analyze information challenges in a variety of industries, including finance and insurance, information technology, and professional, scientific, and technical services. Examples of careers include data analyst, data scientist, database administrator, technology consultant, and data visualization engineer.

Discovery experience: Global learning

As a BS/IS+DS student, you have the opportunity study abroad as part of your core curriculum. Our School partners with Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) to help you enrich your global perspective, and our advisors are also available to assist you in determining how an international program can satisfy your academic plan.