Program Type

Business Analytics Minor

The business analytics minor provides you with the skills to analyze, understand and interpret data. You’ll learn to use state-of-the-art analytical techniques, technologies and software applications such as SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Enterprise Miner and spreadsheets. By adding this minor to your business or liberal arts major, you increase your value to prospective employers tremendously and expand the range of opportunities available to you.

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How to Know If This Minor Is Right for You

This minor is ideal for anyone who wants to:

  • Increase their marketability
  • Ensure that they will be able to use their liberal arts major after graduation 
  • Become capable of solving real-world business problems with data
  • Stand out from other business major job applicants
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Learning Experiences

You can look forward to: 

  • Small classes in which you get individual attention from your professors 
  • Faculty with real-world analytics experience, as well as faculty who specialize in economics, information systems and supply chains
  • Using state-of-the-art software tools, techniques and programming skills to aggregate and analyze data in our hands-on lab
  • Learning to communicate your insights both visually and verbally
Accounting students in classroom

Student Involvement

Student in Life Calling class


Your required courses will be: 

  • Information Technology
  • Business Analytics I 
  • Business Analytics II
  • Management Science 
  • Business Intelligence, Analytics and Data Visualization
  • Database Management
You will also be required to take one of the following electives: 
  • Computer Programming I
  • Business Spreadsheets
  • Programming for Business I
  • Market Analysis and Research
  • Lean Production & Quality
  • Research in Business Analytics


Graduate Outcomes

Business analysts are some of the most sought-after and valued people in the workplace. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects faster growth in this field than the average for all occupations. Specifically, between 2020 and 2030 the need for business analysts and other data scientists is expected to grow by 30 percent.

The following table shows the median salary for various career paths in Business Analytics.

Business Intelligence Analysts

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Computer and Information Systems Managers

Average Salary

Entry level: $55,793

Mid-career: $87,695

Database Architects

Data or Intelligence Analysts


Note: Data for this table was obtained from the Occupational Information network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Contact Information

Paul Holmes