Data Analytics

  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor

    Get Involved

    A college education is more than just taking courses. Meet new people, apply your skills and stretch beyond your comfort zone. Make your education an experience.

    • Conferences: Students and faculty travel to two conferences each year.
    • Seminars: Faculty show what they have been working on and students present their research projects.
    • Tutoring Jobs: Available to students interested in teaching others and mastering basic principles.


    Program-Based Scholarships

    John Peterson Memorial Scholarship In Computer Science


    • Students majoring in Computer Information Science
    • Completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at Western, 3 of which can be applied toward their majors
    • Must have minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Plan on enrolling in at least nine credits


    This scholarship is provided by Stephen Watson.

    Amount: $500

    Selected by: Math and Computer Science Scholarship Committee


    Contact the Mathematics & Computer Science Department for application and deadline information.

    970.943.2015 | Hurst Hall 128

    Institutional Scholarships

    Common Scholarships

    Western offers approximately 70 common scholarships for which a wide variety of students are eligible (e.g., locals, veterans, transfers). Apply for any number of these common scholarships using Western’s Common Scholarship Application, which is due April 1. For more information, visit

    Early Action Credit

    If a student is accepted to Western by Nov. 1 and qualifies for a merit scholarship, the student will receive an additional $500 for the first year. Use our Net Price Calculator to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

    Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

    Western Colorado University alumni can nominate prospective students for a $500 scholarship ($250 per semester) for first year only. Application deadline is typically June 1. For more information, visit

    Neighboring States Program

    Students with a permanent address from one of the seven contiguous neighboring states to Colorado who have demonstrated financial need are automatically considered for a special $1,000 per year grant, totaling $4,000 over four years.

    The Western Neighboring States program can be added to WUE, CP or merit scholarships. So, if you are a permanent resident of one of those seven states—and show financial need—you are eligible.

    For more information about the Neighboring States program, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Presidential Promise

    The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

    For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential promise, visit

    Tuition Discount Programs

    Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

    For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

    Western Merit Scholarship

    Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship. 

    For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit

    Faculty & Staff


    Brett Calhoon headshot
    Instructor of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.7024
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 216
    Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Mathematics, Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
    Phone: 970.943.2111
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 210
    Kim Fix, Ph.D. headshot
    Professor of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.3234
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 216
    Erik Kjosness, M.S. headshot
    Lecturer of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.2127
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 108
    Jeremy Muskat, Ph.D. headshot
    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.3150
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 112
    Alex Rasche headshot
    Lecturer of Math
    Phone: 970.943.7009
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 114
    Sarah Schaefer headshot
    Mathematics Lecturer
    Phone: 970.943.7023
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 106
    Zachary Treisman, Ph.D.  headshot
    Lecturer of Mathematics
    Phone: 970.943.2075
    Office Location: Hurst Hall 110
  • Pair with any bachelor's degree
    • Minor


    Data analytics is an interdisciplinary field that involves learning the techniques of data analysis and the context in which the data are generated. Data analysts use statistics, computer science and data visualization to scrub and interpret data, as well as to communicate their findings to stakeholders.

    The Program

    Students in the Data Analytics minor develop the quantitative skills, computational fluency and leadership abilities needed to thrive in almost every industry. The minor emphasizes:

    • Building models to discover relationships between data and questions.
    • Analyzing models to distinguish between causal agents and spurious correlations.
    • Visualizing data to discover hidden patterns and communicate these patterns to others.
    • Interpreting data to form useful analyses.
    • Harnessing computers to find structures hidden in vast databases.
    • Leading and working in teams.

    Careers & Opportunities

    Data analytics is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists quantitative professions as growing "much faster than average.” Graduates will be able to find careers in a variety of fields, including:

    • Business
    • E-commerce
    • Finance
    • Government
    • Healthcare
    • Marketing
    • Product development
    • Research science
    • Social networking

    Learn More

    Reach out to Robert A. Cohen, Ph.D. for more information.