Data Science, B.Sc. | West Virginia University | Morgantown, United States
48 months
27792 USD/year
27192 USD/year
10008 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Data science is an interdisciplinary field with roots in applied mathematics, statistics and computer science. With increasing employment demands across many STEM, health, social sciences and humanities fields, West Virginia University seeks to meet this need with a new Bachelor of Science in Data Science.


Data is being collected constantly, whether we realize it or not. “Big data” is more than numbers – it’s images, tweets, locations. New industries like digital humanities and computational social sciences are appearing at the intersection of traditional fields of quantitative study, and this major is training students to understand and support these emerging needs.A key component to the Data Science major from West Virginia University is its 12-hour focus area. Working with their academic advisers, Data Science students will take classes in a discipline related to their interests and career goals. Students can choose their area of emphasis among academic areas including the social sciences, humanities and sciences. Examples include astronomy, biology, criminology, geography, geology, GIS, physics, public health, psychology and sociology.Students with an interest in further specialization in statistics, math and/or computer science can add minors in those areas as well.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will communicate data science workflows in both written and oral forms.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to develop and use appropriate data science techniques to address ‘science’ (subject matter) topics and questions.
  • Students will communicate the biases and other implications of the data and analysis.
  • Students will prepare a clear and concise written project and orally present a data science workflow and analysis effectively and professionally.
  • Students will understand and demonstrate the programming and technological aspects of a data science workflow
  • Students will develop workflows using the languages and platforms common in data science practice (eg. R and Python, Rstudio and JupyterLab)
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to acquire and manipulate data via a variety of platforms (eg. databases to cloud computing)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reproducible Data Science using R
  • Data Science Workflows using Python
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Big Data in Practice: Cloud and Parallel Computing
  • Current Topics in Data Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Must have at least a 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale for general admission.
  • Must meet English Proficiency or request conditional admission and admission to the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • Please be advised that some Engineering majors may reach capacity and therefore will be restricted from entry.
  • For direct admission to some colleges and majors, SAT or ACT scores are required and must be sent to WVU directly from the respective testing services. Please review the program requirements. For all other majors, international students are encouraged but not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, if available. SAT/ACT scores are useful for determining scholarship eligibility.
  • WVU welcomes applications from students with IGCSE and O-Level Certificates from Cambridge International for admissions consideration.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    27192 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27192 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10008 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10008 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Morgantown

775 - 1290 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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