Data Science
Associate Degree

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Why Pursue a Data Science Degree at NCC?

Generate broad career opportunities with the 2-year Associate in Science (AS) in Data Science degree at Northampton Community College. Offered in Bethlehem, PA, the data science program lays the groundwork for you to support and expand businesses of all kinds with in-demand data analytics skills. After graduation, you’ll be ready for a wide variety of entry-level roles or to pursue your bachelor’s degree in data science or data analytics.

What You'll Learn

Gain real-world experience as you work with real data to determine high-impact strategies and solutions in hands-on visualization, programming, and database coursework. You'll also learn how to analyze very large data sets and apply appropriate research methods and statistical techniques to collect and analyze data for decision-making. Our program is designed to equip you with the skills to communicate and interpret data science analyses effectively to any audience, whether it be orally, visually, or in written format. Additionally, you'll learn how to critically evaluate ethical, privacy, and security challenges in data analytics.

Program Details

Semesters: 4

Credits: 60

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

Prepare for a highly technical career with a foundational understanding of communication, information technology, data science, and statistics. Throughout the data analytics associate degree, you will examine the data science lifecycle, explore design principles and establish methodologies for interactively visualizing and communicating data.


These skills equip you to collect, organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate data to improve business processes and decision-making. In your capstone course, you’ll apply these algorithms, methods, and tools to solve a real-world data analysis problem for a local company or organization.

Build the Foundation for Your Future

Transfer to a 4-year university: The foundation you build at NCC sets you up for success—and saves you thousands of dollars—when transferring to a top-ranked university. Our dedicated academic advisors will help you understand transfer requirements and design your degree plans. Learn more about transferring out.


Excellent career preparation: Career services at Northampton Community College connect you with industry leaders and professional networks that can help you earn internship placements and launch your career.


Learn more about why NCC is an excellent choice for your future!

An Affordable Data Science Program in Pennsylvania

All education is an investment. At NCC, it’s a low-cost investment with high-impact outcomes: we offer affordable tuition and generous financial aid—our scholarship fund is the largest among community colleges in Pennsylvania! If you choose to study full-time, you’ll be eligible for NCC’s competitive flat-rate tuition.

Data Science at Northampton Community College is especially rewarding. This field is growing far faster than most, and your entry-level salary—whether you graduate into the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution—will quickly return your initial investment at NCC.


Future Career Paths

Seize opportunities in the rapidly expanding domain of data science. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 36% growth in demand for data scientists over the next decade, and the median annual salary is over $100,000. With data science community college and 4-year university credentials, you’ll prepare to work in fields such as healthcare, consulting, and technology, as well as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Systems Analyst
  • Functional Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Project Coordinator

Need Help Deciding?

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