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Applied Mathematics, Data Science Emphasis

OBU’s degree in applied mathematics with an emphasis in data science offers you a wide range of knowledge and expertise necessary to study, research and extract large volumes of structured and unstructured data. You will learn to analyze and interpret data using keen insight and skill. The goal of data science is to reveal trends, discover patterns and study relevant information in order to make informed decisions and predict future outcomes within business. This degree offers a solid foundation in applied mathematics and data science that will allow you to be a versatile and valued member of any business team.

Benefits of an OBU Applied Mathematics Degree

A Deeper Approach to Learning

Coursework in applied mathematics with an emphasis in data science will include computer science, statistics, mathematics, project management, database programming, software engineering and related concepts. In addition to the practical skills and theory taught, OBU’s rigorous liberal arts education will be integrated into your learning. Our university’s core curriculum promotes critical thinking, intellectual growth, and a broadened view of our past and present world to offer you a well-rounded and comprehensive college education.

Specialized Field of Knowledge

A degree in the field of applied mathematics with an emphasis in data science requires keen study and concentration in mathematics and data analysis. This highly specialized area of expertise plays a vital role in industries who seek to understand and forecast relevant information for the future. Because of the highly technical and extensive knowledge required, you can become the well-trained data specialist employers are looking for.

State-of-the-Art Facilities and Data Lab

As you embark on your journey in data science at OBU, you will have the opportunity to experience various learning spaces that optimize your growth. Our state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms feature a flexible, innovative and collaborative learning environment.

Incredible Education, Affordable Cost.

OBU provides a minimum $10,000 per year scholarship to every incoming first-time freshman and $8,000 to every incoming transfer student. And you could qualify for even more financial aid! Many of our students also receive money through federal Pell grants and OBU Bison Grants.

To get an estimate of what your cost to attend OBU might be, please check out our Net Price Calculator. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how affordable an OBU education really is. Especially considering the incredible academic quality, personal mentor relationships with faculty and staff, and strong Christian commitment you will experience at OBU. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else!

Program Information

Math Club

As a mathematics student, you can enjoy participation in OBU’s active student Math Club. The organization offers professional growth through relevant topics related to your success. Collaboration with fellow students and faculty, and networking with guests from industry are key factors for your satisfaction and growth. Discussions on advancements in technology, job forecasts for the future and academic excellence are highlighted. Involvement in OBU’s Math Club also offers you key avenues for social connections and personal growth.

Professional Development

OBU mathematics students are invited to attend a regional math conference each year, where they are inspired in their leadership and academic abilities through workshops and sessions. Historically, OBU faculty have been featured session speakers and a host of students compete in mathematics competitions. Through varied events such as this, you can build a supportive, professional network that will benefit your future endeavors.

Faith Integration

The mathematics program is taught from a Christian worldview. It is Christ-centered and scientifically sound. It seeks truth through the integration of faith and knowledge, thereby cultivating a deep appreciation and sense of responsibility for creation.

OBU math professors serve as personal mentors, supporting both your intellectual and spiritual development, and instill a solid foundation of faith and biblical perspective through their instruction and personal lives. OBU is dedicated to the pursuit of raising up the next generation of data scientists with the knowledge and experience needed to bring about a positive difference in the world.

Project Lead the Way and STEM

Our university hosts an OBU STEM Day, annually showcasing the many majors on campus that incorporate STEM skills. Students and faculty provide live demonstrations and instruction in various labs and classrooms using diverse equipment for the benefit of all who attend.

As a supporter of STEM careers, OBU has entered an agreement with Project Lead the Way to begin the fall semester of 2024. Through this agreement, OBU will offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to students who have completed at least two PLTW courses during their high school years. This applies to PLTW students who enroll in any area of study at OBU.

Job Opportunities and Outcomes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations in the computer and mathematics professions will grow by over 15% through the year 2032. This includes such roles as data scientist, statistician and operations research analyst. The Bureau states that a data scientist is the 3rd fasting growing profession in the nation and a statistician is the 4th fastest growing profession. Other related jobs could include data analytics, data engineering, database administration and more.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science (BS)

World-Class Faculty

OBU faculty are experts in their fields and will be with you every step of the way.

Dr. Cherith Tucker

Dr. Cherith Tucker

Chair, Division of Mathematics
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Timothy Darr

Dr. Timothy Darr

Lawrence Peitz Chair of Business
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Science

Dr. Nathan Drake

Dr. Nathan Drake

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Krista B. Hands

Dr. Krista B. Hands

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Sarah Marsh

Dr. Sarah Marsh

Professor of Mathematics