The ability to analyze and use such data requires a new set of skills that an Applied Statistics major offers.

Statistics is the science of learning from data. It includes planning for the collection of data, managing data, analyzing, interpreting, and drawing conclusions from data, and identifying problems, solutions and opportunities using the analysis. Massive amounts of data are being collected from digital applications and mobile devices in addition to those from the fields of engineering, environment, finance, healthcare, retail, and social sciences. The volume, variety and velocity of this data poses unique opportunities and challenges. The ability to analyze and use such data requires a new set of skills that an Applied Statistics major offers. This makes Applied Statistics one of the fastest growing career fields today. The Applied Statistics major builds critical thinking and problem solving skills in data analysis and empirical research. It prepares students for careers in business, industry, and government as well as for advanced degree programs in statistics and quantitative fields. The applied statistics major allows students to focus on their passions including genetics, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, public transportation, automotive areas, communication systems, financial markets, utilities, public policy, public health, government, manufacturing, quality control and others.

Degree Requirements

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers a B.A. / B.S. degree in Applied Statistics.

The Statistics Major consists of 30 credit hours with Calc I & II required. Degree-seeking students must fulfill the required courses in effect at the time of admittance or re-admittance to the program. Since these are subject to change, students should see an advisor for current requirements. 

The major includes a core set of courses in Applied Statistics, Statistical Theory, and Computational Statistics.

Learn more about CASL Degree Requirements. For a more detailed listing of course requirements please go to CASL Advising and Records or talk with the Math & Stat Undergraduate Advisor

Statistics Minor

A minor in Applied Statistics consists of 12 hours of upper-division credit or graduate credit (300 or above level courses) in Applied Statistics. Only one of STAT 301, STAT 325 and STAT 363 can be used to satisfy this requirement. Students with majors in mathematics, the natural sciences, or the social sciences may find the minor in Applied Statistics to be a valuable supplement to their major.

  • Goal 1: Understand the fundamentals of probability theory.

    Goal 2:  Understand statistical and inferential reasoning.

    Goal 3:  Become proficient at statistical computing.

    Goal 4:  Understand the fundamentals of statistical modeling and understand its limitations.

    Goal 5:  Become skilled in the description, interpretation and exploratory analysis of data by graphical and other means.

    Goal 6:  Learn how to effectively communicate statistics.