• <a href="/live/image/gid/673/width/650/88477_Laptop_crop.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image88477"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/673/width/500/height/479/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/673/width/500/height/479/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/673/width/500/height/479/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/673/width/500/height/479/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg" alt="Training in data science at Lewis & Clark will not merely make our graduates more employable in the short term but also cultivate the..." srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/673/width/720/height/690/crop/1/88477_Laptop_crop.rev.1619804107.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2832" data-max-h="2832" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">Training in data science at Lewis & Clark will not merely make our graduates more employable in the short term but also cultivate them as lifelong interdisciplinary learners, capable of tackling wicked problems and exploring for the global good.</div>

Why Choose a Minor in Data Science?

Our program focuses on quantitative analysis in application—for example, in the domains of politics, economics, health, and technology—and requires substantial critical thinking in conjunction with sufficient understanding of context. We will teach you how to get the numbers and make sure you understand what they mean. Minoring in data science will not only make you more employable, but also help you cultivate a love for lifelong learning—the best preparation for your life after Lewis & Clark.

What You’ll Study

Our interdisciplinary program is dedicated to quantitative problem solving. You will take courses in statistics, social impact, computer science, and a wide selection of electives offered across departments. Many of our students earn course credit toward their data science minor while on an overseas program.

Outside the classroom, we host an annual Hackathon competition in which teams of students partner with community members to explore problems related to complex, socially relevant topics—in areas such as health care, politics, the environment, and criminal justice—and solve these using data analysis. We also offer a variety of workshops to engage the student body in discussion and nourish their technical data skills, and we foster dialogue by featuring speakers from both academia and industry who are experts in their field. These events give our students opportunities to learn about external applications of data and technology, better consider potential career paths, and understand the sociocultural implications of ever-advancing technologies. We also encourage our students to apply their data science skills in the real world with internships, which we help them find.

Curriculum

Complement Your Education With One of These Majors

The most popular majors for our data science minors are computer science and mathematics, economics, and political science.


What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • Sebastian posing outside. He is wearing a blue polo shirt and blue jeans.

    The entrepreneurship minor is unlike any other program as it offers the perfect environment for collaboration, innovation, and hands-on experience. The data science minor is also amazing because you learn the best methods of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, and the societal consequences of this exploration.

    Sebastian DePrez BA ’25
    Computer Science and Mathematics | Data Science and Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation (double) | Upland, California
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  • Adam Schwarz BA '23

    I participated in an applied data science practicum related to monarch butterflies with Professor Greta Binford and other data scientist specialists. This was a great experience for applying what I am learning in the classroom to a real-world scenario.

    Adam Schwarz BA ’23
    Computer Science and Mathematics | Data Science | Daly City, California
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  • Whitney Maxfield BA '25

    The liberal arts are an opportunity to become a better person by developing critical-thinking skills and opening your mind to new perspectives.

    Whitney Maxfield BA ’25
    Biology | Data Science | Riverton, Utah
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What Can You Do With a Minor in Data Science?

Our alumni use their minor in data science in a variety of careers at companies such as Starkey, Voting Rights Data Institute, HaystaqDNA, NAVEX Global, and Civiqs. Many start their own companies, or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Meet the Professors

  • 10% 

    of our students are from countries other than the U.S.

  • Top 

    For the seventh time in 10 years, Lewis & Clark has been named a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Top Producing Institution for 2023–24.

  • 54 

    nationalities represented in our undergraduate student body

  • 47 

    U.S. states represented in our undergraduate student body

  • 12:1 

    Lewis & Clark College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate in four years with their bachelor of arts degree that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

Students can join a variety of student-run organizations. Don’t see what you’re looking for on the club list? Start something new and build your own community of peers!