B.S. in Data Analytics

Bachelor of Science

OCU’s Data Analytics program prepares students for a career in data analytics within the information technology area. Through this program students define challenges in providing useful data acquired from multiple sources. How cross-organizational problems are resolved through the use of analytics is addressed.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Identify the various analyses available from different data sets.
  • Communicate various aspects of analysis to IT and non-IT stakeholders.
  • Evaluate ethical issues in data analysis.
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Apply management principles to work with people and processes within an organization.

Course Requirements

120 Semester Credits

  • 36 General Education
  • 39 General Electives
  • 45 Program Requirements

Program Course List

ENG3000 Writing in the Disciplines 3 credits 5 weeks

This course focuses on digital research and writing skills that support academic and professional success. Students will also be introduced to online tools for practical, academic, and professional development.

REL3000 Transformed Worldview 3 credits 5 weeks

The course will explore ways in which the student can develop a positive relationship with God as he/she explores the role of general revelation (the creation), special revelation (the Scriptures), and experiences God at work in the modern world.

THE4000 Introduction to Theology 3 credits 5 weeks

This course will be a systematic study of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, sin, salvation and other related topics. These themes will be examined through various passages of scripture within the context of scripture.

BUS4030 Macroeconomics 3 credits 5 weeks

This course introduces economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of monetary and fiscal policies on the aggregate behavior of individuals and business.  The effect of current domestic and international policies on macroeconomic performance is analyzed. 

Recommendation: Completion of a prior college level economics course.

ACC2020 Accounting I 3 credits 6 weeks

This course introduces the student to the double-entry system of bookkeeping and the basic accounting cycle. An examination of the fundamental concepts and procedures utilized by entities to communicate financial information according to generally accepted accounting principles. Individual effort is emphasized through the use of a workbook and practice set.


MAT3300 Statistics 3 credits 5 weeks

Statistics is the method of conducting a study about a particular topic by collecting, organizing, interpreting, and finally presenting data. This course prepares the student to perform statistical analysis of data sets. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing and regression.

IST3000 Human Factors in Information Technology 3 credits 5 weeks

There is an increasing emphasis on how human factors affect technology systems. This course explores several aspects of this emerging field. Topics include the study of social and organizational impact of technology, and understanding the user experience in relation to individual and group application of technology.

IST3400 Database Systems II 3 credits 5 weeks

This course is a hands-on course based on the MySQL open source database software. By interacting with the MySQL database, the student will practice the skills required to install, configure, secure and maintain an enterprise database system. The student will be guided through the process of designing and creating a simple database, and interacting with the database through applications and programming languages.

IST2400 Database Systems I

IST3100 Data Analytics I 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides an introduction to a broad view of data analytics through the use of fundamental techniques and tools in analyzing large amounts of data.

IST3110 Information and Network Security 3 credits 5 weeks

The information and network security course is an introduction to the basic tenets of information systems security. A wide range of security topics are discussed including those related to securing the network, securing applications, securing data and securing host computers. In addition, the aspects of compliance and operation security, access control and identity management are examined. Theoretical and practical information about threats and vulnerabilities is presented along with a study of cryptography.

IST2000 Computer and Networking Essentials I
IST2010 Computer and Networking Essentials II

IST4000 Information Technology Project Management 3 credits 5 weeks

This course develops a foundation of principles and solutions that support IT project management through all lifecycle phases, including initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

IST4110 Systems Analysis and Design 3 credits 5 weeks

The Systems Analysis and Design course prepares the student to plan, analyze, design, implement, and maintain information technology systems following the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) framework. The course examines methods and models that can be used to develop and document the requirements for an information system. Discussion of processes and procedures to design, procure, implement, and maintain systems is included. Also, the course provides an introduction to industry standard methods and tools that support the SDLC process such as UML, Use Case analysis, Rapid Application Development and CASE.

IST3500 Programming II 3 credits 5 weeks

Programming II introduces the student to programing for the World Wide Web. The fundamental web page definition and scripting languages, HTML and Javascript, are covered in this course. The student will learn to create complex web pages and discover how scripting is used to enhance those pages. Techniques to create mobile friendly web pages is discussed. A survey of automated web page creation tools is examined along with the appropriate use of these tools.

IST2500 Programming I

IST4200 Cyber Law and Ethics 3 credits 5 weeks

This course examines managing the ethical and legal issues that arise in the use of the Internet. Emphasis is given to areas of privacy, intellectual property, freedom of expression, and e-commerce.

IST4400 SQL for Data Management 3 credits 5 weeks

The SQL for Data Management is a practical skills course that introduces the student to the SQL database programming language. The course provides practical experience in using the SQL language to write various queries to extract meaningful data from a relational database.

IST4100 Data Analytics II 3 credits 5 weeks

Data Analytics II draws on the basic information in the first course to apply data management to solving business problems.

IST3100 Data Analytics I

IST4300 IT Application, Acquisition, and Implementation 3 credits 5 weeks

This course provides the student with necessary knowledge to manage the many decisions and activities required to acquire and implement an information system project. Knowledge to make strategic decisions based on consideration of technical, business, human, political and legal factors that affect the process is discussed. Understanding of the issues involved in vendor selection and relationship management are included. Examination of the human aspects related to information system projects is considered including change management, education and training.

IST4810 Data Analytics Capstone 3 credits 5 weeks

This course integrates student learning from the Data Analytics major courses requiring the application of learned skills in analyzing data, making predictions, and identifying, evaluating, and capturing business analytic opportunities that create value.