Most modern businesses depend on data analysis to inform decisions and measure strategic growth and performance. A mastery of data analytics will position you to excel in a wide variety of positions that require predictive modeling, visualization and data management.

Program Overview

Harness the strategic power of data analytics.

Data analytics is an interdisciplinary field that involves learning the techniques of data analysis and the context in which the data are generated. The Data Analytics minor teaches the quantitative skills, computational fluency and leadership abilities you’ll need to thrive in growing fields like professional, scientific and technical services, finance and insurance.

The dynamic blend of coursework will teach you how to build models to discover relationships between data and questions, analyze models and visualize data to discover hidden patterns and communicate these patterns to others. Unique to Western Colorado University, the Data Analytics curriculum is designed to deliver immersive educational opportunities including group work and learning how to present analytical findings.

Analyzing the data

The Data Analytics minor teaches the quantitative skills, computational fluency and leadership abilities needed to thrive in almost every industry.


Code Title Credits Description
CS 190 Computer Science I 3 View
CS 303 Machine Learning 3 View
CS 365 Big Data Analytics 3 View
CS 440 Distributed Computing for Machine Learning and Data Analysis 3 View
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3 View
ECON 216 Statistics for Business and Economics 3 View
ECON 316 Econometrics 3 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
MATH 260 Applied Linear Algebra 3 View
MATH 313 Statistical Modeling and Simulation 3 View


Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

The data below is automatically collected by Burning Glass Technologies, a firm that sources job market data and provides analytics. The statistics illustrate general trends in U.S. careers, but do not precisely represent every job and salary.



  • Students majoring in Computer Information Science
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
  • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits


This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.

Amount: $500

Selected by: Math and Computer Science Scholarship Committee


Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.

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Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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  • Conferences: Students and faculty travel to two conferences each year.
  • Seminars: Faculty show what they have been working on and students present their research projects.
  • Tutoring Jobs: Available to students interested in teaching others and mastering basic principles.

Quantitative skills

A mastery of data analytics will position you to excel in a variety of in-demand positions that require predictive modeling, visualization and data management.

Department Chair

Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

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Campus Location

1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81230