Business Intelligence And Data Analytics

Accelerate Your Career in Technology and Business

At Clarkson, we’re taking the study of information systems to a new level. We were among the first universities in the country to offer a data analytics curriculum to undergraduates. As the field – and amount of data – exploded, our approach evolved as well, with our Business Intelligence and Data Analytics major as the latest and most innovative iteration.

We teach information systems in the context of business, providing an outstanding combination of technical and managerial knowledge that adds up to more career flexibility. Our Business Intelligence and Data Analytics curriculum encourages creative combinations of classes and minor studies, based on your interests. The result is a broader knowledge base that reinforces future career success.

The Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) undergraduate bachelor’s degree program involves tools and practices that drive access to and analysis and interpretation of data, leading to improved decision-making and performance across the value chain.

As a graduate, you will be able to effectively solve problems using proper data and business analytic tools. Additionally, you’ll gain the skills to communicate information effectively across the organization, promoting and supporting clear, balanced and transparent decision-making.

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Early Decision deadline for Fall 2020 admission: December 1, 2021
Regular Decision deadline for Fall 2020 admission: January 15, 2022

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Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Careers

Upon graduation from the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics major, you will have the skills, tools and knowledge to pursue multiple career interests. Some of those careers are listed below:

  • Accessibility Specialist
  • Business Analyst
  • Computer Technician
  • Database Manager
  • e-Commerce Engineer
  • Helpdesk Analyst
  • Information Management Program Manager
  • IT Analyst
  • IT Instructor/Trainer
  • SAP Analyst
  • Software Consultant
  • UNIX System Administrator

Recent BIDA graduates have gone on to work for companies including AXA US, Ayco, Dumele, MVP Health Care, Odessa, Shiseido America, and Spectrum. They’ve also chosen to continue on to graduate studies, including in Clarkson’s own M.S. in Data Science and Master’s of Business Administration programs.

B.S. Curriculum

The business intelligence and data analytics (BIDA) program consists of 33 credit hours in Clarkson Common Experience, 42 credit hours in business foundation, 21 credit hours of specialized coursework, and 6 credit hours of professional electives. 

The following courses are required for all students, irrespective of their program of study. These courses are offered during the fall semester, with FY100 First-Year Seminar being required of only first-year students. Both FY100 and UNIV190 are typically taken during the fall semester of the first year at Clarkson.

  • FY100 First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • UNIV190 The Clarkson Seminar (3 credits)

Students are required to complete the following courses:

Information Systems

  • IS110 Introduction to Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • IS426 Big Data Architecture
  • IS314 Database Design and Management
  • IS437 Data Analytics Project: Planning, Development, and Data Analysis
  • IS400 Process and System Analysis and Modeling
  • IS237 Introduction to Application Development or EE261 Introduction to Programming and Software Design or CS141 Introduction to Computer Science
  • IS415 Data warehousing for Analytics

Professional Experience

All students participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research or a community project clearly related to the student’s professional goals.

Students must complete two of the following courses:

  • AC421 Accounting Information Systems
  • EM333 Elements of Operations Research
  • COMM345 Information Design
  • IS428 Information Systems for Supply Chain Management
  • CS460 / EE468 Database Systems
  • OM380 Project Management

Students must complete the following courses, usually in their first and second year:

Common Curriculum

  • AC202 Financial Accounting 
  • MA181 Basic Calculus 
  • AC203 Managerial Accounting
  • MK320 Principles of Marketing 
  • EC150 Principles of Microeconomics 
  • OM331 Operations & Supply Chain Management 
  • EC151 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • OS286 Organizational Behavior 
  • EC311 Introduction to Econometrics 
  • SB113 Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation I 
  • IS211 Introduction to Enterprise Information Systems 
  • STAT282 Statistics 
  • LW270 Law & Society I 
  • Two science courses (one with laboratory) (7 credits)
  • MA180 Introductory College Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Three elective courses (9 credits)

Global Experience

A global experience is required for graduation for all Clarkson Business students. Employers want our graduates to understand different cultures and diversity and to have had first-hand exposure. Students will have a variety of opportunities, such as a semester exchange and/or faculty-led global business trips, to satisfy this requirement.

Knowledge Area/University Course Electives

Students will have approximately 15 credit hours available to use toward Knowledge Area and/or University Course electives.

Free Electives

Students will have approximately 6 credit hours available to use toward courses of their choice.

Experiential Learning

At Clarkson, you will be able to pursue research topics that interest you. Individual professors in the business program offer a variety of opportunities for participating in different research projects, and they will work closely with you to determine which areas work best for you.

As a business student, you will participate in a project-based professional experience such as a co-op, an internship, directed research or a community project clearly related to your professional goals. Recent internship employers include

  • AIX groups
  • EPIC
  • PointSource, LLC
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • General Electric
  • TE Connectivity
  • Computer Task Group
  • IBM
  • The Computer Store Center
  • CSC
  • Webroot Inc.
"Clarkson offers a very unique curriculum for information systems that I think will really prepare me for my future after college. The professors are really dedicated to what they are teaching because they care about us as students and what they are teaching. I've already learned some essential skills from the business intelligence and data analytics program such as how to write the languages python and SQL, and how to build relational schemas and data warehouses."
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Business Intelligence and Data Analytics