Data Analytics Series: UVA Resources

Kyle Hodges

So now that we have established some baseline knowledge regarding data analytics, data science, and the differences and similarities between the two in the first blog post of this series, you should know more about the resources available to you at UVA that we'll cover here. The University of Virginia School of Data Science was founded in Fall 2019 and will be headed by Phil Bourne, and construction of the School is set to begin this month. The University of Virginia’s School of Data Science is the first of its kind in the country, and it was established at a perfect time because data science is currently one of the top 10 fastest growing job fields in the United States! Even though the School of Data Science hasn’t been around for very long, it is already well-established at UVA, and there are so many amazing resources out there to help students understand the opportunities that come along with a new School. 

The Department of Statistics also offers a minor in data analytics, which is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences.  There are no prerequisites and only 5 required courses to earn the minor. Additionally, the School of Data Science is newly offering a data science minor, which does require a few prerequisites and has 5 minimum course requirements. As of right now, UVA doesn’t offer a data analytics (or data science) major, so acquiring a minor in data analytics or data science is a great option for students who want to pursue a career in big data. 

Because both data science and data analytics are so new to UVA (and for that matter, relatively new to almost everything), students have the opportunity to integrate big data into their degree in many different ways. It’s important to remember that it is possible to get a career in big data with a major/minor not explicitly related to data science or analytics. As was mentioned in the first post, data analytics strongly resembles statistics and data science shares many similarities with computer science, and both of these majors could easily lead to a career centered around data. I know it can be difficult to figure out how to connect a major with a desired career path, so don’t forget about the wonderful resources offered by the Career Center! Visit our drop-in location on the second floor of Clemons Library, Monday-Friday from 1:00-4:30pm or make an appointment to meet with a counselor in Handshake

Helpful Links

School of Data Science

Data Science Minor

Data Analytics Minor

Master's in Data Science Program at UVA

Data Science & Data Analytics Career Resources 


About the Author: Hi! My name is Katherine Calvert and I am a Career Peer Educator in the Business & Technology community at the Career Center. I am a second year in the College pursuing a B.A. in Economics, and I hope to eventually get an M.S. in Data Science