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As you sift through your options for majors and minors available at the schools you’re most interested in, you may hear about or read the words “data science.” Whether you recognize the term or not, here’s what you need to know in a nutshell: skilled data scientists are coveted in nearly every industry, in every business. It’s a lucrative and exciting job to hold, and a smart field of study to get into early—if it interests you, of course.

So that begs the question, what exactly is data science? What made the Harvard Business Review call it the sexiest job of the 21st century—and why do we, at Siena, totally agree?

In the fall of 2017, we announced Siena’s new data science major—a four-year bachelor’s program kicking off in the fall of 2018. “The most exciting part, for us, is the fact that Siena's data science program focuses on data science as a liberal art. Beyond just teaching technical tools, skills and applications, we have set the program up to emphasize student thinking about the impacts of data on society and human life,” Dr. Eric Breimer, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Computer Science at Siena.

To help you better understand what that means, what data science leads to, and the kinds of courses you’d take in college, we put together a free guide that explains it all.

Download A Major Decision: Data Science now to learn:

  • What data science means
  • The kinds of careers data scientists hold
  • How much money data scientists typically make