Analytics and Data Science Major: Data Science Option (B.S.)

Analytics and Data Science Major: Data Science Option (B.S.)
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Shaping the next generation of data revolutionaries



With an explosion of big data initiatives in organizations worldwide, the demand for data-savvy individuals has never been higher. The Analytics and Data Science program is the only on-campus degree of its kind in the region, specifically designed to prepare the next generation of innovative data scientists and analysts.

Your interests inspire what you study, allowing you to focus your education with degree options in:

  • Analytics, which centers on the applications of data science in industry. This option can be fully completed at both the Manchester and Durham campuses.
  • Data Sciencewhich emphasizes the theoretical, mathematical and computational underpinnings of modern data science. This option requires some courses currently offered only at the Durham campus.

With the hands-on experience you'll get through applied projects, internships and field work, you’ll gain cutting-edge technical skills and a competitive advantage in this rapidly growing field.

What is the data science option in analytics and data science?

The analytics and data science field affects nearly all aspects of the economy, society and daily life. The data science focus of the field gives you the skills and knowledge to pursue original research or an advanced degree in data science. You’ll gain a deep understanding of concepts from mathematics and computer science such as probability theory, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, algorithms, machine learning and data science. Emphasizing the theoretical, mathematical and computational underpinnings of modern data science, you’ll graduate prepared to meet workforce demand in industry, academia and government.

Why study analytics and data science at UNH Manchester?

The analytics and data science program at UNH Manchester integrates experiential learning, professional development and applied projects, giving you real-world experience at local companies, nonprofits and government agencies. You’ll learn to manage, distill and interpret data for industries from finance to healthcare, marketing and advertising. Applying a strong programming skill set, you will derive actionable information from authentic data sets. With our small class sizes, close interaction with faculty and ties to industry in the bustling Manchester Millyard, the program prepares graduates for a wide array of careers or professionally oriented graduate programs.

Potential careers

  • Actuary
  • Business analyst
  • Data engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Management analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Statistician
  • Quantitative analyst

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Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont do not offer a bachelor's-level analytics program in their public universities, so students from these states can enroll in UNH's program at a reduced tuition rate.


Analytics and data science is offered at both the Manchester and Durham campuses.

Curriculum & Requirements

The option in Data Science is intended for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees and conducting original research in data science. The option in data science places its emphasis on a rigorous introduction to the theoretical mathematical and computational underpinnings of modern data science.

During the course of the program, students will demonstrate their acquisition of these skills by successfully completing their program coursework, their internship experience, and their capstone project.

For additional information about the Analytics and Data Science: Data Science Option, contact program coordinator Jeremiah Johnson or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

 This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH Manchester undergraduate students will develop individual academic plans with their professional advisor during the first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
COMP 424
or CS 415
Applied Computing 1: Foundations of Programming
or Introduction to Computer Science I
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
Discovery Course 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
COMP 525
or CS 416
Data Structures Fundamentals
or Introduction to Computer Science II
DATA 557
or CS 457
Introduction to Data Science and Analytics
or Introduction to Data Science and Analytics
CS 420 Foundations of Programming for Digital Systems 4
Second Year
MATH 645 Linear Algebra for Applications 4
MATH 531 Mathematical Proof 4
COMP 625
or CS 515
Data Structures and Algorithms
or Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms
ENGL 502 Professional and Technical Writing 4
COMP 570
or MATH 644
Statistics in Computing and Engineering
or Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
CS 659 Introduction to the Theory of Computation 4
MATH 528 Multidimensional Calculus 4
Discovery Course 4
Third Year
MATH 755 Probability with Applications 4
MATH 738 Data Mining and Predictive Analytics 1 4
Minor Course 4
Discovery Course 4
MATH 756 Principles of Statistical Inference 4
CS 750 Machine Learning 1 4
CS 755 Computer Vision 4
Discovery Course 4
Fourth Year
CS 758 Algorithms 4
DATA #790 Capstone Project 4
Minor Course
Discovery Course
Minor Course 4
Minor Course 4
Minor Course 4
Discovery Course 4
 Total Credits120

Either MATH 738 and CS 750, or DATA 674 and DATA 675, or DATA 674 and CS 750.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.

Major Requirements

Successful completion of the program entails earning at least 128 credits, meeting the requirements of the University's Discovery program, and completing all of the 18 required courses in the major as listed below. In all major courses, the minimum allowable grade is a C-. The minimum overall GPA for graduation is 2.0. Transfer students may transfer up to a maximum of 32 credits to satisfy major requirements (not counting those courses used to satisfy Discovery requirements).

Students who enroll in the Data Science Option may need to take some required courses on the Durham campus.

MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
MATH 528Multidimensional Calculus4
MATH 531Mathematical Proof4
COMP 570Statistics in Computing and Engineering4
MATH 645Linear Algebra for Applications4
MATH 755Probability with Applications4
MATH 756Principles of Statistical Inference4
COMP 424Applied Computing 1: Foundations of Programming4
or CS 415 Introduction to Computer Science I
COMP 525Data Structures Fundamentals4
or CS 416 Introduction to Computer Science II
COMP 625Data Structures and Algorithms4
or CS 515 Data Structures and Introduction to Algorithms
CS 420Foundations of Programming for Digital Systems4
CS 659Introduction to the Theory of Computation4
COMP 740
MATH 738
Machine Learning Applications and Tools
and Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
or COMP 740
DATA 674
Machine Learning Applications and Tools
and Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics I
or DATA 674
DATA 675
Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics I
and Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics II
CS 758Algorithms4
COMP 720Database Systems and Technologies4
Analytics & Data Science
DATA 557Introduction to Data Science and Analytics4
ENGL 502Professional and Technical Writing4
Analytics Course Capstone 4
DATA #790
Capstone Project
or CS 791
CS 792
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
or CS 799
Select Approved Minor 1
Total Credits80

Select an approved minor in consultation with the minor supervisor. Must be in a discipline to which Analytics and Data Science can be applied (examples include: Economics, Applied Mathematics) for the Data Science Option.

Analytics and Data Science focuses on the extraction of meaning from data through the application of computer science, mathematics and business domain knowledge. Within a few years of obtaining a bachelor's degree in Analytics and Data Science, our alumni will have:

  • Engaged in successful career areas of analytics and data science and will already have, or be pursuing, advanced degrees in Analytics, Data Science, Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields
  • Applied the full range of core Data Science concepts and techniques to fill the analytics needs of an organization
  • Communicated effectively with diverse stakeholders as well as functioned appropriately in a team environment
  • Navigated the complex interconnections between data, computing technology, and the goals and constraints of the organization served
  • Understood the pervasive and changing role of data in global society, and participated responsibly as both an Analytics and Data Science professional and citizen

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A GPU computing cluster is under construction, made possible with a recent grant from NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. The state-of-the-art cluster will allow students to analyze medical imagery, explore models of speech and leverage GPU computing and CUDA C/C++ in their courses.

With expanded education and research in deep learning, computer vision and speech recognition, students will get the tools and techniques to power the next generation of technological innovation.

Learn more about research at UNH manchester

Your analytics and data science degree from UNH Manchester will put you at the forefront of one of the fastest growing fields in the country.

The McKinsey Global Institute indicates that by 2018, the U.S. will face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with the technical skills necessary to work effectively with data. But the demand for qualified analytics professionals is also skyrocketing globally, with the Education Advisory Board documenting a 32 percent increase in demand for college graduates with data analytics skills from 2010 to 2013.

That growing demand translates into high employment rates and starting salaries, particularly for graduates well-versed in SAS software — which is a core component of our program. Whether you envision a career in business, technology, healthcare, sports or beyond, your data analytics skills will allow you to discover new perspectives and solutions, making your work all the more rewarding.

The demand for data-savvy graduates is growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting positive growth in many related professions between 2012 and 2024. Not only are your career possibilities vast, but many also come with lucrative salaries.

Job Title Projected Growth Median Salary
Actuary 18% $97,070
Budget Analyst 3% $71,590
Market Research Analyst 19% $62,150
Management Analyst 14% $81,320
Market Research Analyst 19% $62,150
Operations Research Analyst 30% $78,630
Statistician 34% $80,110

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Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep.

The program is constructed to incorporate experiential learning into all courses, from start to finish, so we’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Analytics majors have access to internships at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Dyn
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Liberty Mutual
  • SilverTech
  • State of New Hampshire

Learn more about internships

Put the power of data programming, statistics and predictive modeling to work for you with our online graduate certificate in data science. Designed for busy professionals, our program offers the flexibility you need to continue working while you learn new skills. We teach cutting-edge algorithms, coding languages, statistical modeling and visualization tools through guided, online instruction and applied case studies. Increase your earning potential, advance your career, and make a greater impact within your business or organization with advanced, applicable data analytics and coding. Learn more

In partnership with the New Hampshire community colleges below, we've developed curriculum guides to show you which courses at your community college will transfer into UNH Manchester's analytics and data science program. 

See the transferable analytics and data science requirements for these community colleges:

Questions? Contact an admission counselor for help.

See the complete list of Pathways

What is the difference between analytics and data science on the Durham campus versus the Manchester campus?

The program is jointly administered across both campuses and the degree requirements are identical.  The Durham campus is primarily for residential full-time students who can commit to classes throughout the day and week.  The Manchester programs are more convenient for students who prefer classes in the evenings or in non-traditional formats. The classes for the analytics option are available on both campuses, while some classes for the data science option are currently available only in Durham.

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