Analytics Minor

Discover your interest for meaningful patterns of data with a minor in Analytics

Having a minor in analytics allows you to help businesses have effective decision making process.

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Student Experience

As a Loras student, you have the opportunity to enhance your educational experience by adding one or more minors. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, engage in community outreach, explore internships and get involved in the many student and academic organizations available.

Curriculum

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Probability and Statistics
A study of the fundamental techniques used in descriptive statistics as applied to real-world data and the processes associated with the design and analysis of experiments; application of theories from calculus to the construction of cumulative distributions for continuous random variables and computation of associated probabilities, expected values and variances.

Innovation
Gaining a competitive advantage in today’s business environment increasingly demands that organizations know how to innovate. Creativity, continuous improvement, and the ability to turn ideas into action are critical to standing out above the rest. Specific topics will include: the innovation process, disruptive technologies, why plans are bad, and when NOT to listen to your customers. We will also apply our knowledge via an innovation simulation.

Machine Learning
This course introduces students to topics in the Machine Learning area of Artificial Intelligence. It will include an introduction to some popular algorithms computers use to make decisions and predictions based on problems consisting of varied types of data. In addition to utilizing the algorithms themselves, students will learn about different methods of evaluating these algorithms and how to choose an algorithm for a particular problem.

Business Statistics
An introduction to basic statistical measurements: sampling theory, including estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing and basic decision theory. Other topics include correlation analysis, time series analysis, seasonal fluctuations, trend fitting, and cyclical measurement.

Data Analysis
This course focuses on evaluating and analyzing different types of business-related data and developing effective solutions. It will utilize current spreadsheet and database software as tools to facilitate the interpretation of the data. The course will have a lab component requiring student laptop computers equipped with spreadsheet and database software.

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Analytics Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor in Analytics:

Req Course Cr’s
1 Essentials of Analytics 3
Select one from Req 2 (courses listed or equivalent course with prior approval)
2 Business Statistics 3
2 Statistics-FM 4
2 Probability and Statistics 3
2 Research Methods and Statistics 3
2 Statistical Analysis 3
3 Data Visualization 3
4 Data Analysis 3
5 Applied Analytics 3
Select one from Req 6
6 Predictive Modeling 3
6 Tools & Methods for Analytics 3
6 Intro to Data Science 3
6 Innovation 3
6 Marketing Analytics 3
6 Machine Learning 3
6 Big Data Analytics 3
18-19 total required credits

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Supporting Your Investment

Loras takes great pride in supporting your investment – both through providing an exceptional learning experience and in sharing the cost of your degree. 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We have scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to earn my Loras degree?

Most students earn their undergraduate degree in four years or less. If you have questions about transferring any previously earned credits or degrees, please see our Transfer Student Information.

How much is tuition?

At Loras College, financial access to education is one of our defining values. We are committed to helping all of our students make their degree affordable. We partner with every student and family to understand their unique financial needs ensuring 100% of Loras students receive financial aid. We offer Scholarships, grants and special awards for all students based on their achievements and financial need. Loras is consistently ranked as one of the best universities for return on investment.  View our Tuition and Fees page.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Submit your federal FAFSA, apply to Loras College and visit loras.edu/financial-aid for information, scholarship opportunities and much more.

Meet Our Professors

James Padilla, J.D.
Francis J. Noonan School of Business Dean
563.588.7405 | james.padilla@loras.edu
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Shikhar Acharya
Assistant Professor of Business Analytics
563.588.7784 | shikhar.acharya@loras.edu
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William Hitchcock, M.B.A.
Professor of Management Information Systems
563.588.7286 | William.Hitchcock@loras.edu
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Patrick Marzofka, M.B.A.
Associate Professor of Business Administration
563.588.7283 | Pat.Marzofka@loras.edu
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Michael Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science
563.588.7570 | Michael.Thompson@loras.edu
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