Applied Analytics (B.S.)
In applied analytics, you'll learn to collect, curate and analyze data, as well as how to construct a story outlining the major implications of your data samples for diverse audiences.
The amount of data readily available in today’s world is astounding. But data without context lacks meaning. The McKinsey Global Institute, a renowned business and economic research group, produced a report titled Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity that outlined the growth potential of this field.
Illinois Tech is proud to be one of the first research universities to offer an applied analytics degree program at the undergraduate level. We prepare students to pursue these new careers, providing expertise in communicating data and understanding human behavior that are lacking from analytics-like programs housed in areas of computer science and statistics.
Applied analytics students learn to collect, curate, and analyze data in order to better understand human behavior. You'll also learn how to construct a story outlining the major implications of your data samples for a range of audiences.
Analytics is a lucrative field with thousands of job openings yearly, in such fields as:
- Market analysis
- Business analysis
- Public relations
You will also be prepared to continue on to graduate school in a number of fields.
This program is interdisciplinary, and allows you to take classes in psychology, business, economics, and communications. While majoring in applied analytics, you will be able to tailor the focus of electives around topics including but not limited to advanced statistics, data mining, information management systems, geographic information systems, online social networks, and psychological testing. The required capstone project will be based on these core courses and electives, highlighting your skills and personal interests.
Students in this program must be admitted to Illinois Tech. Students who are interested in transferring to this program should consult their academic adviser.
"My eventual goal is to go to law school, and I think the analytical skills that I will learn throughout my degree will help me prepare for the LSAT. I have really enjoyed my courses and professors so far. Being at a smaller school is useful when you need help in a course, because professors are usually very open to meet and discuss materials. I appreciate the wide variety of courses that I am able to take through my degree, and I feel that the knowledge I have gained will help me later in life."