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# Data Science and Computational Mathematics

## Why Study Data Science and Computational Mathematics?

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### Research and Analysis

### Technology

### Mathematics and Statistics

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As technology advances and the internet houses more information than ever before, being able to analyze and organize this data has become an important and necessary skill, one that is filled by data scientists and computational mathematicians.

Data science uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extrapolate important information from large, unstructured data and focuses on the application of the knowledge learned from data. Computational mathematics is the mathematics behind computations, especially algorithms and computer algebra. It studies the limit of what the mathematics computers can perform and prove while continuing to advance the computational capabilities of modern computers.

Studying this program gives you the opportunity for a rewarding career. Data science ranked third in U.S. News’ Best Technology Jobs in 2022, boasting high salaries and low unemployment rates with the median salary being $98,230 and the top 25 percent of data scientists making over $130,000 a year.

By choosing to study Data Science and Computational Mathematics at Illinois State, you will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of mathematics, statistics, data structure, and programming. With the solid curriculum training, you can enter into doctoral programs or be ready for employment in industries such as:

- Financial firms
- Healthcare systems
- Manufacturing
- Technology
- Business
- Education
- Consulting firms
- Government

Through studying Data Science and Computational Mathematics at Illinois State, you will be prepared to enter a field that becomes evermore prevalent and in-demand. You will be equipped with not only advanced mathematics and statistics skills, but strong knowledge of multiple common programming languages that will add to your competitiveness when seeking professional experiences.

As data science and computational mathematics go hand in hand, Illinois State allows you to follow a common track for the first two years of your studies and then tailor your coursework to fit either a data science or computational mathematics concentration. The first two years are designed to equip you with strong mathematics, statistics, and programming skills.

The Data Science concentration will prepare you to gain deep insights from data in context through the use of statistical inference, computational processes, and data management strategies, whereas the Computational Mathematics concentration allows you to gain extensive preparation in applied and computational mathematics.

Whether you plan to enter industry, academia, or another field, Illinois State’s Data Science and Computational Mathematics program will allow you to gain all the knowledge and skills needed to feel confident in your mathematical abilities and enter your preferred field after finishing the program.

The Data Science and Computational Mathematics major requires a broad range of both soft and technical skills. Through Illinois State’s program, you will not only be equipped with industry knowledge of programming and mathematics, but will develop important soft skills like communication and analysis.

Data scientists and computational mathematicians work in teams, thus communication and teamwork are important for effective collaboration with others.

Data science is also the bridge between business and technology. This means that industry professionals need to be able to communicate effectively to technical and non-technical audiences.

Communication is a cornerstone of the profession, therefore data scientists and computational mathematicians need strong written and verbal communication skills.

Data science often deals with data as it relates to business and other industries. Researching markets and objectives is important for properly analyzing data sets for relevant information.

The analysis of data is a hallmark of the professional. Large data sets require intense filtering of relevant and irrelevant data which is done through the analysis of data and aided by the development of algorithms and computer functions to ease this process.

In data science, you can be sure to use research and analysis methods on a day-to-day basis, therefore it is one of the most important skills a professional can have.

Both data science and computational mathematics rely heavily on computers and algorithms. A strong understanding of technology is necessary for this major.

Knowledge of programming languages and concepts is important to effectively develop algorithms and mathematical functions for computers. Through our program’s curriculum, you will learn popular programming languages such as Python and R.

New programming languages are always being developed and it is impossible to know them all, so you will also be equipped with a strong knowledge of programming, databases, and data structures that will allow you to quickly master the knowledge you may need to know in the profession.

As the program name implies, mathematics and statistics are a key skill needed for success in the profession. Data science and computational mathematics requires a deep understanding of linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and computation.

In computational mathematics, math is used in the development of algorithms and computer functions; in data science, it is used to understand, analyze, and organize data sets.

Don’t worry if you do not know these subjects headed in. Through Illinois State’s robust curriculum, you will be equipped with more than enough mathematical and statistical knowledge to help you thrive in whatever field you decide to pursue.

To be successful as a Data Science and Computational Mathematics student, it is best to always be curious, work hard, and keep in frequent contact with your professors.

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Debbie Ungson-Walbert | 223 Bone Student Center | dungson@ilstu.edu | (309) 438-2200 |

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Maochao Xu | Stevenson Hall 304 | mxu2@ilstu.edu | (309) 438-7674 |

Applying by our priority deadline is encouraged for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. Start your application today!

Applying by our priority deadline is encouraged for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. Start your application today!

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Gaywalee Yamskulna | Stevenson Hall 335 | gyamsku@ilstu.edu | (309) 438-7989 |

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Applications are always accepted

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

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Gaywalee Yamskulna | Stevenson Hall 335 | gyamsku@ilstu.edu | (309) 438-7989 |

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