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How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will the minor in big data teach me?

With the rapid advance of computer and internet technologies, data is being collected at unprecedented scale in a broad range of application areas, which presents many challenges as well as novel opportunities of big data management, analysis, retrieval, and modeling. The minor in big data provides you with both the technical skills and the theoretical knowledge to address evolving big data challenges. Through core courses and electives, students who complete the minor will develop skills in advanced statistics, machine learning and data mining, plus programming and data management, and build expertise in solutions to a broad range of big data problems.

Housed in the College of Engineering, the interdisciplinary big data minor includes courses from computer science and engineering, mathematics and statistics, and information systems. The minor in big data is open to all students at the university. Completion of minor requirements may require completion of additional courses as prerequisites.

Big data is an interdisciplinary field, and faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno are applying big data to a range of topics. In computer science & engineering, faculty are using big data for machine learning and robotics. In the School of Journalism, big data is integrated into reporting and data visualization. Researchers in fields like biology and physics are using big data to understand and model the spread of wildfire smoke and its effects on air quality.

Students minoring in big data can find opportunities to get involved in these projects and more to gain hands-on experience with the role of big data in understanding our world. 

Careers with a minor in big data

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76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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