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US News and World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's 2024

Data Science, B.S.

Level up—quickly—with a Bachelor of Science in Data Science from IU Online. Fast and flexible, this program teaches you how to make the most of the enormous amount of data collected every day, preparing you for success in a high-demand field.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $290.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $390.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Accelerate your data career with IU Online

Get your data science degree

In this fast-paced online program, you’ll learn how to collect, organize, and analyze data to gain insights and solve problems for industries ranging from health care to social media and everything in between.

The bachelor’s in data science from IU Online is a career-focused program ranked in the top ten by U.S. News & World Report. You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide. And you can work on yours anywhere, any time.

  • Classes start January, March, May, June, August, and October
  • Choose 8- or 16-week courses
  • Access coursework anywhere
  • Enjoy personalized student services

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

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“I looked at various data science programs online. IU Online stood out. Everyone answered my questions so quickly and was so kind and enthusiastic. IU Online was my clear choice.”

Olga Nikuradze BS in Data Science

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

Your IU Online BS in Data Science prepares you for such careers as:

  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data mining engineer, data architect, data scientist
  • Analytics manager
  • Research analyst
  • Information officer

To earn the BS in Data Science, you must complete 120 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Data science core courses, including capstone course (33 credit hours)
  • Professional communication courses (6 credit hours)
  • Computer science courses (11 credit hours)
  • Mathematics courses (9 credit hours)
  • Statistics courses (9 credit hours)
  • General education courses and electives, as needed to reach 120 credit hours

Admission requirements vary by campus.

Application Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

You can transfer up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited community college, or 90 credit hours from an accredited four-year university or college.


Data science courses
Course Course Name Credits

CSCI-N 211


CSCI-A 213

Introduction to Database


Database Applications

3 Credits

CSCI-N 311


CSCI-C 442


INFO-I 308


CSCI-B 461

Database Programming, Oracle


Database Systems


Information Representation 


Database Concepts

3 Credits

INFO-I 490


INFO-I 491

Professional Practicum/Internship



3 Credits
CSCI-N 317 Computation for Scientific Applications 3 Credits
INFO-I 233 Data Fluency 3 Credits
INFO-I 416 Applied Cloud Computing for Data Intensive Sciences 3 Credits
INFO-I 421 Applications of Data Mining 3 Credits
INFO-I 453 Computer and Information Ethics 3 Credits
NEWM-N 328 Visualizing Information 3 Credits
PBHL-B 352 Fundamentals of Data Management 3 Credits

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