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Fowler School of Engineering

BS in Data Science

» Data Science

Our program combines the strengths of the computational programs from the Fowler School of Engineering with curriculum from the Argyros School of Business and Economics. As a data scientist, you'll be able to help teams and organizations make smart decisions by:

  • Leveraging data at multiple scales to discover patterns
  • Visualizing trends
  • Explaining the seemingly unexplainable.

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Brandon Fabre ‘21
In addition to mentoring at-risk youth through Chapman’s STEMtors program, Brandon designed and created a Halloween costume for a middle-schooler in his 3D printing class.

Where This Degree Will Take You

As society's ability to collect and analyze data continues to grow, so does the need for scientists who can analyze it—and at a scale never before thought possible. 

Here you will learn the world of cloud computing, databases, machine learning, artificial intelligence, business analytics and more. With these skills, you'll be prepared for a number of career paths, including:

  • Data Scientist: Collect and analyze data to create accurate predictions and actionable insights using software tools and your programming and data visualization skills.
  • Systems Analyst: Analyze science, engineering, business and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems.
  • Data Engineer: Focus on larger datasets and optimize the infrastructure surrounding different data analytics processes.

Our dedicated career advisor will help you explore these options and prepare for post-degree success.

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Diversity and Affordability

We’re dedicated to making engineering accessible to a diverse group of students. That’s why all applicants are considered for scholarships ranging from $3,000 to 100% of tuition and fees. 

These awards support promising engineering students who are underrepresented in the field and/or are interested in certain disciplines. You can learn more about Engineering scholarships here.

Research Opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the Data Science program. Every student spends their first two years conducting research as part of a Grand Challenges Initiative project team.

In addition, we offer opportunities to get first-hand research through coursework, joining a faculty-led project or an internship with an industry partner. Some research areas include: 

  • 3D manufacturing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Assistive technologies
  • Integrated circuits
  • Cybersecurity
  • Embedded systems
  • Game development
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine learning
  • Optoelectronics

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Industry Internships

Internships provide real-world experience that expands your knowledge and creates career opportunities. Chapman also allows students to earn college credit at paid internships. 

We’ll help pair you with a company that aligns with your interests. We have industry partnerships with software engineering, cyber security, defense, aerospace, game development companies—and many more—throughout Southern California. 

Our students have also interned with companies such as:

Kaitlyn Abdo ‘21
Data Science and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Double Major
“I interned at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, doing data work with them. I learned a ton because I was able to directly interact with one of their head data scientists. That was a great opportunity and really localized to Chapman.”

Global Education Opportunities

Studying and researching abroad can be a valuable part of your undergraduate Engineering experience. It will likely not delay graduation and you may be eligible for a tuition waiver and/or funding awards.

There are several other available options listed below. If you are interested in studying abroad, we are happy to work with you to find the best option:

Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skillset. Chapman has more than 230 options.

Below are options we think are especially relevant for Data Science majors:

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Admission & Tour Information

You can learn more about the application process on the University’s Admission website. Specific transfer recommendations are available below. 

While you consider Chapman, we hope you will connect with us virtually.

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Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Data Science are also curious about:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

Contact Us

Program Questions

Admission Questions
(714) 997-6711

Grand Challenges Initiative

GCI students at Chapman University

GCI is a unique two-year research project that is part of the curriculum for all incoming first-year students in Fowler Engineering.

Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is the home of Fowler Engineering and where you will take classes, research and collaborate.

One-Credit Courses

Fowler School of Engineering offers a variety of one-credit courses (298s) on a rotating basis so students can explore a range of areas outside of the core computer science and engineering curricula.