Bachelor of Science in Statistics

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. The major, administered by the Department of 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. A major in statistics will prepare students for a career in business, industry, or government, and for further graduate study in statistics or in a related area.


Minimum required major and supporting course work normally equates to 40-41 hours.

General education: The LAS General Education requirements are set up so that students automatically complete the Campus General Education requirements.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Hours     Requirements
3              Select one from:
                   STAT 200- Statistical Analysis
                   STAT 212- Biostatistics
11            Calculus through MATH 241- Calculus III
3              Select one from:
                    MATH 415- Applied Linear Algebra
                    MATH 416- Abstract Linear Algebra
4              STAT 400- Statistics and Probability I
3              STAT 410- Statistics and Probability II
3              STAT 420- Methods of Applied Statistics
3              STAT 425- Applied Regression and Design
12            Select 4 courses from the following:
                   STAT 424- Analysis of Variance
                   STAT 426- Categorical Data
                   STAT 427- Statistical Consulting
                   STAT 428- Statistical Computing
                   STAT 429- Time Series Analysis
                   STAT 430- Topics in Applied Statistics
                   STAT 440- Statistical Data Management
                   STAT 443- Professional Statistics
                   STAT 448- Advanced Data Analysis
                   STAT 480- Data Science Foundations
                   MATH 444 or 447- Elementary Real Analysis or Real Variables

Twelve hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

All foreign language requirements must be satisfied.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours).

Departmental Distinction

Distinction will be awarded on the basis of selection of 300- or 400-level courses in Statistics and grade point average in required courses. A GPA of 3.25 is required for Distinction, 3.5 for High Distinction, and 3.75 for Highest Distinction.

Careers in Statistics

Virtually every industry and major organization is becoming increasingly data intensive in planning processes and business decision making. There is a strong and increasing demand nationwide for people with training in statistics, data mining, predictive modeling and analysis with complex datasets for problems in risk analysis and demand forecasting.

A good source of general career information is the American Statistical Association Careers Center. For further information visit the ASA web site or write to:

American Statistical Association
1429 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3402