Business Analytics Minor

Business Analytics Minor

Analyze Real Data for Businesses.

The Business Analytics Minor focuses on the three pillars of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. These courses are hands-on, project-based courses that utilize state-of-art software to manage and analyze real data for businesses.

What Minoring in Business Analytics Means for Your Future

Know the stats



More and more jobs are “hybrids,” combining skill sets in the same job, such as marketing and statistical analysis or design and programming. Certain skills are acting as hybridizing forces, spreading across different roles. Business analytics is one of the primary hybridizing skills!

(Wall Street Journal, Burning Glass 2019 Report)




Why study Business Analytics at UCCS?

  1. AACSB Accredited

    The UCCS College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB) which ensures your professors, classes and fellow students are of the highest quality. Only 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

  2. Support and Guidance

    UCCS offers a various ways to connect and engage across campus. The College of Business sponsors several business-oriented clubs and organizations.

  3. Exceptional Faculty

    Our leading instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and instruction. Receive personalized guidance from professors with real-world experience in their field. 

  4. Ethical Curriculum

    The Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS instills principle-based ethics education throughout the business school, resulting in a high standard of ethics in our students and graduates.

  5. Real-World Experience

    The College of Business houses its own Career Development Center, dedicated to providing business students with assistance in career development, internship opportunities and job placement. 

  6. Global Perspectives

    The College of Business incorporates international business cases into the curriculum to ensure you are prepared for cross-cultural and international business opportunities. For those who wish to study abroad, the College of Business maintains partnerships with business schools across the world.

Business Analytics Courses

  • Data Management and Descriptive Analytics in Business

    This course will provide students with an understanding of how organizations can successfully collect, organize, manipulate, use, prospect and present data. Students will manipulate and interpret actual data using software such as Excel, SPSS, Power BI, Tableau, or Watson.

  • Predictive Analytics in Business

    You will learn in a hands-on manner how to build and test predictive models that move from data to parameter estimation. State-of-the-art software will be used to detect patterns in data and draw inferences and conclusions supported by the data. The course will emphasize the application of predictive models to real-world business problems.

  • Prescriptive Analytics in Business

    You will learn how to move from model parameters to decisions. This course serves as a capstone for the business analytics minor. As such, it will include a semester long capstone project that will require using the tools and software learned in all three courses. New tools covered include predictive data mining, linear, integer, and nonlinear optimization models and decision analysis. Decisions such as allocation of resources and profit and loss functions are considered. The course will emphasize the application of prescriptive models to decision-making for real world business problems.

It is recommended that students who want to pursue a position in Data Analytics take INFS 3400 - Database Management as an elective course.




Business Analytics Faculty Spotlight
Ying Fan, Ph.D.
Dr. Fan’s research focuses on the strategic and operational factors that influence the improvement of service operations. She has worked on a stream of research investigating the impact of social media on service operations. Her studies explore service recovery strategies using social media and how online review management practices impact service operation and performance. Dr. Fan published two papers and has a forthcoming article to identify the key categories of online review management practices and compare the different practices in different countries. Moving forward, Dr. Fan is working on exploring the institutional drivers for online review management and its impact on performance based on survey data collected from the hospitality industry.