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Mathematics, Big Data Analytics (B.S.)

The big data analytics major is designed for students wishing to pursue one of the many jobs that require solving important large-scale problems in applied science, engineering, business, industry and government as well as pursue graduate work in big data analytics. 

Mathematics, Big Data Analytics (B.S.)


What is Mathematics, Big Data Analytics at ODU like?

The big data analytics major is designed for students wishing to pursue one of the many jobs that require solving important large-scale problems in applied science, engineering, business, industry and government as well as pursue graduate work in big data analytics. 

Program Highlights

What makes Mathematics, Big Data Analytics at ODU unique?

  • A minor in Computer Science is required, so that the student will develop strong programming skills for data analysis

  • The combination of Applied Mathematics and Statistics develops the ability to analyze data and generate predictive modelin

  • A senior project is required


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Risk Management Specialists



Analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists



Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas, or gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or create a marketing campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.




Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.


What are some courses offered in Mathematics, Big Data Analytics at ODU?

STAT 405:
Introduction to Data Handling

Use of SAS and R to handle data sets. Topics for SAS include data input, creating permanent data sets, merging data sets, creating new variables, sorting, printing, charting, formatting, IML programming, macro programming, and an overview of proc SQL and other statistical procedures. Topics for R include data structure, control structure, writing functions, and graphics. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in STAT 130M or equivalent and a grade of C or better in MATH 316 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

BDA 411:
Introduction to Machine Learning I

An introductory course on machine learning. Machine Learning is the science of discovering pattern and structure and making predictions in data sets. It lies at the interface of mathematics, statistics and computer science. The course gives an elementary summary of modern machine learning tools. Topics include regression, decision trees, artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, clustering, dimension-reduction, learning sets of rules, support vector machines, hidden Markov models, and Bayesian learning. The course will also discuss applications of machine learning that include data mining, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and text and web data processing. Students enrolled are expected to have some ability to write computer programs, some knowledge of probability, statistics and linear algebra. Prerequisites: MATH 312, MATH 316, and STAT 330 or STAT 331.

BDA 450:
Senior Project in Big Data Analytics I

This course introduces students to practical applications of big data analytics. Lecture topics include an overview of the various topics in business, engineering, and government currently using big data analytics. Students will choose a project involving a real world application to explore techniques learned during other course work. Course involves written and oral presentations for students to improve communication and teamwork skills. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in STAT 331 and STAT 405. Pre- or corequisite: BDA 431.


What are the requirements to apply for Mathematics, Big Data Analytics at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Mathematics, Big Data Analytics should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Math Core courses: 34 credits (GPA of 2.3)

  • Big Data specific courses: 24 credits

  • Minor in Computer Science


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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