Bachelor of ScienceData Science

Student looking into microscope

Prepare to help solve the complex problems of our fast-paced society by entering the vital field of data science.

Analyzing large data sets and making the data easier to use, you will be a key player in the emerging data economy.

Why earn your data science degree at Bellarmine?

The Bachelor of Science in Data Science is a collaboration among Bellarmine’s W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, Mathematics Department and Department of Computer Science. This interdisciplinary approach will prepare you to think critically and lead creatively in a variety of careers, or to enter graduate study in data science. Bellarmine’s focus on ethical leadership will empower you to navigate the ethical challenges posed by the relatively new field of data science.

Bellarmine also has the advantage of being located in Louisville, home of the Future of Work Initiative, a regional hub for artificial intelligence and data science created and backed by Microsoft.

Program Highlights

An interdisciplinary approach lays a wide foundation across business, mathematics and computer science.

This heavily quantitative program, jointly housed in the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, provides 37 hours of instruction for the major as well as 10 hours of prerequisites and cognate courses.

Bellarmine’s collaboration with the Future of Work Initiative provides opportunities for internships and other opportunities for experiential learning.


Learning Outcomes

After completing the Bachelor of Science in Data Science at Bellarmine University, graduates should be able to:

  1. Choose suitable statistical and machine learning algorithms for analyzing large data sets to answer specific questions or perform predictive analytics.
  2. Obtain and appropriately manipulate data sets to prepare them for analysis.
  3. Develop appropriate visualizations to describe and explain large data sets.
  4. Use multiple programming languages to build machine learning and predictive analytics solutions.
  5. Interpret the results of data analysis.
  6. Present the results of data analysis, orally, visually or in written format.

Frequently Asked Questions

What employment opportunities are available with a degree in data science?

As enabling technologies, data technologies will soon touch every facet of the economy, from health care and education to aviation and agriculture. Careers in data science include data engineers, data administrators, machine-learning engineers, statisticians and data and analytics managers.

Do you provide job or internship placement?

Yes. Bellarmine guarantees every student the opportunity to have an internship, develop a career plan and build a professional network.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Please go to Bellarmine’s financial aid website for detailed information on financial aid packages. Additionally, students can work with our Faculty Development Center to apply for grants and awards outside of Bellarmine's offerings.

What courses are required to complete the program?

BUSA 103, BUSA 245, BUSA 346; CS 150; DS 160, DS 300, DS 450; MATH 205, MATH 215, MATH 430; ECON 410. 
One 3-hour course chosen from ECON 322, ECON 351 or DS 444.
Required related courses: ECON 110, ECON 111 and MATH 117.

How many hours can I expect to spend studying outside of class time?

Students have their own learning styles so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in class.

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16 percent increase in employment for computer and information research work by 2028, which it characterizes as significant growth.


Dr. Robert R. Kelley
Dr. Kelley is an assistant professor of Computer Science. He joined Bellarmine University's Computer Science Department in Fall 2018. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville in 2010. For his dissertation research, he developed a new frequency-hopping scheme for wireless sensor networks. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Kelley moved to the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases (ID), where he was responsible for managing the clinical data sets for several clinical trials relating to respiratory diseases, HIV and refugee health as well as conducting research in data visualization and machine learning for clinical data sets. Immediately prior to coming to Bellarmine, Dr. Kelley was an assistant professor of Computer Science at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Dr. Kelley's current research interests include static and interactive data visualization, machine learning and interaction design.

Dr. Patricia Carver
Dr. Carver is an Instructor of Business Administration in the Rubel School of Business. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Degree with a major in Accounting and of Bellarmine University where she received an MBA and her Doctorate in Leadership in Higher Education. Dr. Carver is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), currently licensed to practice public accounting in the state of Kentucky. She is experienced in the area of accounting, finance, management, strategic planning, and consulting. She has over 25 years of professional experience in the private sector including positions as chief internal auditor, revenue manager, and financial analyst at the Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District and senior field auditor with the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet.

Dr. Anne Raymond
Dr. Raymond is a professor of Mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University, a master’s from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. She has been a member of the Mathematics Department at Bellarmine since 2003. Dr. Raymond enjoys teaching a variety of courses for majors including Linear Algebra, Abstract Algebra, Numbers and Proof, Calculus 3 and the capstone course, Readings in Mathematics. Dr. Raymond has graduate degrees in both mathematics and mathematics education. Her early research, most notably appearing in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, focused on beliefs about mathematics and the impact of teachers’ beliefs on their teaching practice. Most of her ongoing research addresses mathematics pedagogy from a variety of perspectives including technology in the mathematics classroom and how Theory of Multiple Intelligences informs mathematics pedagogy.

All faculty: Michael C. Ackerman, Ph.D.; Muzaffar Ali, Ph.D.; Pat Carver, Ph.D.; William E. Fenton, Ph.D.; Gregory A. Kelsey, Ph.D.; Michael D. Mattei, Ph.D ; Jennifer M. Miller, Ph.D.; Ron Newton, MA; Anne Raymond, Ph.D.; Frank Raymond, Ph.D.; Susan C. White, Ph.D.; Daylene Zielinski, Ph.D.



Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees. In addition, the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

Learn more about Bellarmine University.
Provide your information below and we will be in touch.


Contact Information