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Data Visualization

Purdue University in West Lafayette

If you believe a picture is worth a thousand words, data visualization is for you! Students in our data visualization major use graphics and diagrams to present complicated information, data and analytics in a visual manner. By displaying information graphically, you could make research concepts more understandable, spot human behavior trends more quickly or better illustrate climate change causes and effects.

Majors learn data visualization design principles, theories, data management skills, and graphics techniques that are required to design and develop interactive data visualizations. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to design effective visual representations of data based on the data’s characteristics, business needs, and the requirements of prospective users.

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute is one of 10 academic colleges at Purdue University. The Polytechnic specializes in team-based labs where you’ll test ideas, take things apart and put them back together — only better. You’ll learn side-by-side with professors who have worked in the industry and thrive on combining theory, imagination and real-world application. In this innovative environment, you'll learn by doing - gaining deep technical knowledge and applied skills in your chosen discipline coupled with problem-solving, critical-thinking, communication and leadership skills employers desire.

Plan of Study

Data Visualization
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Transfer to Data Visualization

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Contact Information

Department of Computer Graphics Technology

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Careers in Data Visualization

  •   Data visualization specialist
  •   Data visualization engineer
  •   Data analyst
  •   Digital media data scientist

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