Major Description

Statistics is the science of modeling, summarizing, and analyzing data, and of using mathematics and computing tools to make predictions and decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statistical ideas are applicable in any area involving quantitative measurement and in almost every area of scholarly pursuit.

  • Statistics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of statistical inference and a familiarity with the methods of applied statistical analysis, preparing students for a career in business, industry, or government, and for further graduate study in statistics or in a related area.
  • Statistics and Computer Science is sponsored jointly by the Department of Statistics and the Department of Computer Science. The major is designed for students who desire a strong foundation in computer science, coupled with significant advanced coursework in statistics.   The major prepares students for professional or graduate work in statistics and computer science, and for applications of computing in which knowledge of statistics is particularly important, such as data mining and machine learning.
Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • MATH 220 (221), 231, and 241—Calculus sequence
  • STAT 200—Statistical Analysis

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

The world is becoming more and more quantitative and data focused. Many professions depend on numerical measurements to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statisticians use quantitative abilities, statistical knowledge, and communication skills to work on many challenging problems.

  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design experiments
  • Advanced quantitative skills
  • Advising skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluating theoretical models
  • Logical thinking
  • Numerical computation
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Systemizing skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Investigator
  • Manager
  • Mathematician
  • Pharmaceutical Engineer
  • Professor
  • Project Manager
  • Quality Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Risk Analyst
  • Software Engineer 

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Statistics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Statistics.  These organizations include American Statistical Society and Institute of Mathematical Statisticians.