The Minor

Mc 7Jenkins Nanovic Hall, opened in 2017, is home to the Data Science Minor.

The minor is housed in the Department of Sociology with support from the College of Engineering.

Emphasizing computational science, communication skills, and ethics, the five-course sequence includes classes in data science, programming, and statistics, as well as two electives that can be customized to your course of study.

Students complete the minor by choosing two electives that explore the applications of data science, communicating findings, and insights about privacy and ethics.

There are no prerequisites for the minor and it is open to all Notre Dame students.

The minor in Data Science also offers students interested in the analytic and modeling elements of data science an opportunity to follow a specialized analytics track as well. 

View the Minor Requirements

Learn how to

  • Understand data in its different forms
  • Collect data 
  • Obtain data through scraping (using a program to download and process data from webpages) or mining (extracting and analyzing usable data from a large dataset)
  • Parse and transform data into structures designed for analysis
  • Draw meaning from data 
  • Visualize data to improve understanding
  • Statistically analyze data to summarize, draw inferences, and make predictions
  • Discover and characterize patterns in large data sets
  • Collect, analyze, and present data in an ethically responsible manner and understand privacy issues
  • Communicate effectively about data, methods, and conclusions

Plan and declare the Data Science minor

Schedule Advising Appointment

Dr. Mim Thomas
4060 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Office: (574) 631-0803


The Data Science Minor welcomes your support in any number of ways. We value the time, talent, and treasure of our graduates and friends and welcome collaborative efforts to further our work. Make a gift here or connect with the department about other ways to get involved.