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Fowler School of Engineering

B.S. in Data Analytics

» Data Analytics

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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Program Overview

In the Data Analytics program, your coursework will focus on learning by doing. This includes:

  • Researching from day one as a part of a Grand Challenges Initiative team.
  • Building a strong foundation during your first two years with classes in math and computing.
  • Taking a series of upper-division courses that will help you develop a deeper knowledge of data analytics.
  • Selecting electives that can help you develop expertise in one area or expand your skill set.

Your program advisor will be helping you throughout the program to tailor your course schedule to align with your interests and goals.

To view a list of required classes and electives, visit our Data Analytics catalog page.

Program Facilities

Opening in fall 2021, the Keck Center’s Engineering Wing will be the new home of the Fowler School of Engineering. You’ll have access to facilities and technology that will shape the future. You can learn more on our Engineering Wing webpage.

Chapman student
Brandon LaFabre ‘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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Accelerated (4 + 1) M.S. in Computational and Data Sciences

Through an Accelerated (4+1) graduate program, you can earn an undergraduate and master’s degree with just one additional year of coursework beyond the traditional four years. 

Data Analytics students might be particularly interested in the M.S. in Computational Sciences while at Chapman.

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, room and board. 

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 Analytics 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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Faculty-led Research Projects

Fowler Engineering faculty welcome undergraduate students joining their research projects and research labs. Students will regularly publish peer-reviewed papers and present them to the broader research community.

You can learn more about our faculty research interests on our Research Opportunities page. If you are interested in joining their research team, feel free to contact them directly.

ASA DataFest/Hackathons

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in multiple hackathons every year, including ASA DataFest™.

ASA DataFest™ is a data hackathon for undergraduate students, sponsored by the American Statistical Association. Teams of students from all majors work around the clock to find and share meaning in a large, rich and complex data set.

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:

Chapman student
Kaitlyn Abdo ‘21
Data Analytics 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 Analytics majors:

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Clubs for Data Analytics Majors

These clubs are popular among Data Analytics majors:

  • Data Analytics Association: A club for student programmers
  • Engineering Advisory Panel: A student leadership team in Fowler Engineering that helps us develop innovative and impactful opportunities
  • IEEE Chapman University Student BranchChapman IEEE aims to foster personal, professional, and academic growth in its future engineers.
  • Panther Games: A Game Development club focused on publishing short, simple games to establish student portfolios
  • STEMtors: This group leads STEM-focused youth outreach events in our local community to spur curiosity and passion within young scientists from diverse backgrounds
  • Women in Science & Technology: Provides professional development and social events for women in the STEM fields at Chapman

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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Transfer Requirements

You can view the Data Analytics recommended prerequisites for transfer students on our Admission website.

Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Data Analytics 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.