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Data Science: Geographic Information Systems

Why Major in Data Science: Geographic Information Systems?

The first of its kind in Missouri and the region, Northwest’s Data Science major is an interdisciplinary program with four areas of emphasis: computer science, business, molecular biology and geographic information systems.

The geographic information systems (GIS) emphasis focuses on visualizing data through digital and physical maps, analyzing data for locational patterns and trends as well as presenting data in map-based and graphical formats to inform locational decisions in business, government, and the non-profit sector.

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Career Opportunities

Data scientists are in high demand. A McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that by 2018, “the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”

Job titlesExamples of employers
  • Geospatial data analyst
  • Geospatial intelligence analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • GIS analyst
  • Locational analyst
  • Research data scientist
  • Banking institutions
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Climate change research organizations
  • Consulting firms
  • Consumer and recreational service providers
  • Defense contractors
  • Epidemiology research agencies
  • Healthcare providers
  • Homeland security and intelligence agencies
  • Information management companies
  • Internet search engines providers
  • Media consultants agencies
  • Outsource data center
  • Satellite imagery firms
  • Securities and investment institutions

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Students gain hands-on experience with industry-standard GIS software while participating in project-based learning.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

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The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

Textbooks and Laptops Included

Save more than $7,400 over four years through our textbooks and laptop program.

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19 million money for you

More than $19 million in scholarships and grants awarded annually.

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Career Ready. Day One.

Students organizations, internships and profession-based learning experiences ensure students are Career Ready, Day One.

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Graduation Rate: 89th percentile

Graduation Rate: 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.