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The Major Program

Statistics enables us to make inferences about entire populations, based on samples extracted from those populations. Statistical methods can be applied to problems from almost every discipline and they are vitally important to researchers in agricultural, biological, environmental, social, engineering, and medical sciences.

The Program. Statistics majors may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.S. degree program has three options: General Option, Applied Statistics Option, and Computational Statistics Option. Both the A.B. and the B.S. programs require theoretical and applied course work and underscore the strong interdependence of statistical theory and the applications of statistics.

B.S. in Statistics-General Option emphasizes statistical theory and is especially recommended as preparation for graduate study in statistics.

B.S. in Statistics-Applied Statistics Option emphasizes statistical applications. This major is recommended for students who do not plan to pursue graduate studies in statistics and those who are interested in combining the statistics study with a second major or minor program in the social and life sciences.

B.S. in Statistic-Computational Statistics Option emphasizes computing. This major is recommended for students interested in the computational and data management aspects of statistical analysis.

A.B. in Statistics-Applied Statistics Option emphasizes statistical applications. This major is recommended for students who do not plan to pursue graduate studies in statistics and those who are interested in combining the statistics study with a second major or minor program in the social sciences or who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree. s

Career Alternatives. Probability models and statistical methods are used in a great many fields, including the biological and social sciences, business and engineering. The wide applicability of statistics has created in both the public and private sectors a strong demand for graduates with statistical training. Employment opportunities include careers in data and policy analysis in government, financial management, quality control, insurance and health care industry, actuarial work, engineering, public health, biological and pharmaceutical research, law, and education. Some students have entered advanced studies in statistics, economics, psychology, medicine and other professional school programs.

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