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Data Science Minor


The study of mathematics encourages the development of skills in analytical thinking and problem solving that have wide applicability. Students who graduate with a major in the department have continued their educations in fields as disparate as mathematics, computer science, physics, operations research, law, business, music, religion, dentistry and medicine; others have accepted employment in a wide variety of occupations. The department has a long tradition of successfully preparing students for the actuarial profession.


A major and minor is offered in Mathematics. The basic sequence of courses for Mathematics majors is MATH 151, 152, 223, 251 and 270. Advanced placement and credit can be granted for satisfactory performance on national or departmental examinations.

Actuarial Science

Actuaries are responsible for determining rates and premiums on insurance policies (e.g. life, health, home and auto) and forecasting future events affecting the soundness of insurance programs. Some actuaries work with consulting firms as advisors to corporations regarding human resource and pension benefits. Government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration or insurance regulatory boards, also employ actuaries. Actuaries can specialize in life and health insurance, in property and casualty insurance, or in pension benefit programs. The department of mathematics encourages the development of skills in analytical thinking and problem solving that prepare our students for life beyond DePauw. Actuarial Science is a collection of mathematical and statistical techniques that make it possible to calculate the monetary value of uncertain future events. Actuaries apply these principles and techniques to solve problems in finance, insurance and related fields. Actuaries are involved with every aspect of the insurance industry and must possess strong mathematical skills and a solid business background to apply their technical knowledge.

Data Science

Numerous inquiries today are advanced through finding the story behind the data; frequently, Data Science builds the road from the what to the why. Through an interdisciplinary approach using Statistics, Mathematics, and Computer Science, this program delivers principles, methodology, and guidelines for conducting data analysis by providing tools, values, and insights. Data Science helps prepare students for success in an increasingly data-driven world, enhances analytical and problem-solving skills, and strengthens communication skills.

Course Catalog

Requirements for a minor

Applied Statistics

Total courses required 5
Core courses MATH 141, MATH 151, MATH 341. (ECON 350, BIO 275, PSY 214 may be substituted for MATH 141)
Other required courses Two courses from: MATH 247, MATH 261, MATH 340, MATH 348, MATH 441, MATH 423, ECON 450.
Number 300 and 400 level courses 2

Data Science

Total courses required 5
Core courses MATH 141 (or equivalent, such as PSY 214/ECON 350/ BIO 375), MATH 261 or CSC 370, MATH 341, CSC 121 and CSC 122.
Other required courses MATH 341
Number 300 and 400 level courses One (or more)


Total courses required Five
Core courses MATH 151, MATH 152, MATH 223, MATH 270
Other required courses
Number 300 and 400 level courses One