The "big data deluge" continues to change the fabric of research and discovery in both science and industry. The minor in Mathematical Data Analytics offered by the department of Mathematics trains students on the foundational underpinnings of this area, including practical implementation for handling of real data. Students completing this minor will absorb a true understanding of the conditions under which the current methods that are applied to data give valid results, and so will be able to more easily adapt their analyses to the proper methods, and avoid common errors being currently made in the area by which investigators falsely conclude the significance of their findings. This minor is complementary to the department's Statistics Minor, but requires more mathematical background in order to reach a greater depth.
As with all minors, students must include at least four upper-division courses and four courses dedicated exclusively to this minor (which may be the same four courses). Students who complete courses required for this minor for the satisfaction of degree requirements in their major program, such as students in MATH, may satisfy the minor requirement of four classes outside their major department by choosing courses from a list of electives maintained by MATH.