Department of Statistics
Statistics involve the analysis of numerical data. This ranges from the calculation of simple statistics to the mathematical theory behind very sophisticated statistical procedures. Professionals in areas such as agriculture, pharmacy, business, human development, sports, and the social sciences use statistical tools.
The Department of Statistics offers a major leading to a B.S., B.A., M.S., or Ph.D. degree, as well as minors in Statistics for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program is flexible enough to be individually planned around prior experience and in accord with professional goals. The program emphasis is on applied statistics, consulting, and computational methods.
Mathematics and Statistics Double Major
Pre-Actuarial Science Option
Actuarial Science is the study of the evaluation and measurement of risk. The Actuary Science option is a pre-professional program designed to provide the background needed to enter the field. Entrance into the profession is regulated under a system of examinations run by actuarial professional societies. The curriculum for this option is designed to prepare the student to pass several of these examinations.
The nature of the actuarial profession requires its practitioners to have a broad knowledge of finance, law, mathematics, management, and statistics. This option leads to a double major in Mathematics and Statistics with either a minor in Economics or additional courses in business. Students selecting this option are requested to visit with the actuarial advisers in both the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics early and often to confirm their progress and to inform themselves of changes in the examination curriculum.
Behavioral Statistics Major
This degree is a joint effort between the Department of Statistics and the Department of Psychology. It is recommended that a student wishing to obtain a degree in Behavioral Statistics consult with an adviser in both departments. This major prepares students for careers involving collecting and analyzing data on human behavior, for example, in Medicare, insurance, market research, or health, educational and social services. Graduates of this program are expected to have good quantitative reasoning skills and to have strong people skills. Note: this curriculum also fulfills requirements for the major in Psychology.
Note: Students must meet the university’s general education requirements as well as the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program.
Two different tracks within the Statistics minor are offered. A Department of Statistics (Waldron 201) adviser for minors must approve the program.