Data Science Degree Programs in Vermont
Real estate is the predominant industry in the “Green Mountain State.” Manufacturing and governmental services rank 2nd and 3rd relative to Vermont’s GDP. Over the past year, the agriculture, utilities, and arts and recreation sectors have increased. While real estate, manufacturing, and government services can definitely leverage data science expertise, there isn’t a strong data science presence (nor a robust demand for data scientists) in Vermont.
If you’re a student who has their eye on attending a Vermont university, and data science is your academic program of choice, there are a few data science degree programs available on select campuses.
Career Outlook for Data Scientists in Vermont
Per the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), Vermont lacks the Computer and Information Research Scientists category, which is where data scientists are classified. While this does not mean there are absolutely zero data scientists in the “Green Mountain State”, there aren’t enough to warrant being included in their BLS employment data. They rank 49th in technological innovation and 20th in the percentage of employees who work in the tech sector. So, this lends more credence to the dearth of Vermont-based data scientists.
Furthermore, a broad search for data scientist jobs in Vermont yielded less than 100 openings. This may change. As for now, there’s not a huge demand for data scientists. But, a highly qualified data scientist may still find work at the likes of Amazon, Oracle, and PwC.
The Vermont data scientists who have landed jobs are earning $118,265 on average. This is almost exactly aligned with the national average of $118,497 that data scientists earn throughout the U.S. On the bright side, Vermont’s cost of living is only 1% higher than the rest of the U.S., and more specifically, the median home price is lower. As such, data scientists living in the “Green Mountain State” can live comfortably on their 6-figure salary.
Although the job opportunities and the short term career outlook are not as plentiful as other U.S. states, Vermont universities do have data science degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.
On-Campus Undergraduate Data Science Programs in Vermont
Saint Michael’s College, located in Colchester, offers either an on-campus Bachelor’s Degree in Data Science or a minor in data science. Throughout your 4-year program of study, you’ll complete essential data science competencies such as Calculus II and II, Linear Algebra, Data Structures, Computational Tools for Data Science, Intro to Data Science, and Mathematical Statistics.
The data science minor is a short 6-course program consisting of Intro to Computer Science I, Computational Tools for Data Science, Intro to Data Science, and a selection of 3 statistics courses (you’ll choose 2) along with an elective course.
Either program will meet data the science core competencies.
To apply, you’ll need official transcripts, up to two academic recommendations, a completed application, and a $50 application fee. If you’re a high school student, SAT or ACT scores are optional, and Saint Michael’s does not indicate whether sending standardized test scores is more or less beneficial for admission consideration.
On-Campus Graduate Data Science Programs in Vermont
While there are currently no online data science program options in the “Green Mountain State”, Vermont universities do have on-campus graduate-level programs in either data science or in a data science relevant discipline.
On-Campus Data Science Masters Programs Vermont
The University of Vermont in Burlington has developed an on-campus Master’s Degree in Complex Systems and Data Science. This is a 2-year degree program that includes a total of 30 credits. You’ll complete a Common Core series which includes Principles of Complex Systems, Modeling Complex Systems, Data Science I and II, and 6 additional elective credits in either Complex Systems or Data Science.
Admission requirements aren’t completely clear in terms of a “bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.” For example, realistically you could complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and if you completed advanced math courses (e.g., Calculus, Probability, and Statistics), along with electives in computer programming, then those would technically be “relevant.”
However, if you don’t have coursework or experience with Data Structures, Applied Linear Algebra, and Statistical Methods, then you may take these courses as prerequisites to starting the 2-year program.
On-Campus Data Science Graduate Certificates in Vermont
For those searching for a short, yet intensive, data science-oriented program, the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center has an on-campus Certificate of Graduate Study in Complex Systems.
There are 3 required courses: Principles of Complex Systems, Modeling Complex Systems, and Data Science I. After these are completed, you’ll select an additional 2 courses from an extensive list which includes (but is not limited to) Data Science II, Neural Computation, Complex Networks, Decision Making Models, and many more.
To be successful in these advanced STEM courses, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree with coursework (or other training) that demonstrates you are proficient in Calculus, Probability and Statistics, and either Python, R or Matlab. They strongly recommend that your prior studies include Linear Algebra as well.
On-Campus Data Science Ph.D. Programs in Vermont
If you’re ready to take on the ultimate academic challenge, The University of Vermont’s Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Data Science is a 90 unit program that includes a comprehensive oral examination and dissertation defense (all, if not most, Ph.D. programs require the latter in some way, shape or form).
Regardless of the emphasis you choose (there are 5 “tracks”), there is a Course Common Core that all students must complete: Principles of Complex Systems, Modeling Complex Systems, and Data Science I and II. Since our focus here is on data science, it’s highly recommended that you take the data science electives as opposed to embarking on one of the “optional elective paths.” Your data science electives can include Machine Learning, Data Mining, Statistical Methods II, Statistical Learning, Categorical Data Analysis, or any of the other course options listed under “Complex Systems and Data Science Electives.”
You do not need the GRE for admission (which is a rarity at the Ph.D. level). However, you should have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, or be able to prove that you’re proficient in Calculus, Data Structures, Python or R, Linear Algebra, and Probability and Statistics. As with their master’s degree, you have the opportunity to take “catch-up” courses in Applied Linear Algebra, Data Structures, and Statistical Methods I.
Even though “Complex Systems” is in the title (along with data science), this degree does meet the data science core competencies and would be an excellent choice for those who want the highest level of data science education.
Online Data Science Degree Programs in Vermont
At present, there are no online data science degree programs offered in Vermont. But, there are “data science adjacent” options at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.
For example, Champlain college has a fully online Bachelor’s Degree in Software Development, a 120 unit program that meets the Calculus and computer programming competencies for data science.
Online Data Science Masters Programs in Vermont
We could not locate any online data science degree programs in Vermont. But, please check back as we will update this page when (or if) such programs become available.
Online Data Science Graduate Certificates in Vermont
Currently, there are no online data science graduate certificates offered through Vermont universities.
Online Data Science Ph.D. Programs in Vermont
As with the other online data science graduate programs, we did not find an online data science Ph.D. programs offered by Vermont universities.