Data Science

Academic Program Introduction

Data science lies at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, and statistics. A student pursuing a major in data science will develop a strong foundation in all three areas and complete coursework that emphasizes their integration. By completing a concentration in an applied or theoretical field connected to data analysis, students will learn how data-driven knowledge is produced in that field, gain exposure to its foundations and language, and build the perspective needed to work on field-specific data problems.

Students who major in data science must show mastery of the data science cycle through the completion of a capstone project and poster presentation. The capstone project enables students to step back and reflect on the data science process as a whole, including data ethics and communication.

Learning goals

  • Develop the critical thinking needed to pose and refine questions that can be answered with data in an ethical way.

  • Acquire computational skills needed to tackle practical data challenges.

  • Gain the statistical skills needed to draw meaning from data appropriately.

Programs of Study

Data science major

Students collaborate and communicate in the context of modern data.


  • Quantitative Analysis Institute

    Designed to expand the role of statistics and data science in research, learning, and teaching, Wellesley’s QAI offers statistical consulting on student and faculty research projects, and provides other resources and events. Employing an apprenticeship model, QAI hires student interns, who serve as statistical experts alongside the QAI director, expanding their technical knowledge and learning to communicate about data with researchers from other fields.

Beyond Wellesley

Beyond Wellesley

Many of our graduates pursue Ph.D. and master’s degrees in data science or statistics. Career fields include tech, medicine, and law, among others.

Data Science Program

Science Center
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Cassandra Pattanayak
Program Director