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Mathematics: Statistics

Students can concentrate their studies in statistics by choosing the Statistics Specialization of the Mathematics major.  This page lists the program documents and other information about the specialization.  For more information, please contact your a dvisor, Dr. Michael Ochs (the Statistics coordinator), or the department chair.

Program Documents for the Statistics Specialization:

The Undergraduate Bulletin is the official list of major requirements. However, by following the list of requirements below, and meeting the retention and graduation grade requirements, students will meet all their requirements.  A total of at least 32 course units are required for graduation.

Statistics Specialization Learning Goals

  1. Understanding Basic Principles
    1. Students should have a firm grasp of the concepts and consequences of variation.
    2. They should possess an ability to extract information from data.
  2. Understanding Theoretical Underpinnings
    1. Students should have a strong foundation in mathematics.
    2. They should have a clear understanding of how to write a proof.
    3. They should have a clear understanding of the theoretical development of statistical techniques.
  3. Familiarity with Statistical Techniques
    1. Students should be able to express a research question in statistical terms and select appropriate statistical techniques in given contexts.
    2. They should possess the skills to apply statistical procedures and modeling approaches to a wide variety of real-life problems.
    3. They should be able to develop an effective sampling plan.
    4. They should  be able to provide correct interpretations from a set of analyses and include any limitations to the study.
    5. They should have the ability to recommend decisions in the face of uncertainty.
  4. Proficiency with Technology
    1. Students should possess strong computing skills.
    2. They should be familiar with statistical software packages.
  5. Ability to Communicate
    1. Students should possess inter-personal skills in order to effectively communicate both with their project peers and with clients during a statistical investigation.
    2. They should possess the skills to orally present findings to a wide audience.
    3. They should possess the ability to document the results of a statistical project in both technical and non-technical terms.
  6. Post Graduation Success and Feedback
    1. Students should be equipped with the knowledge, skill, and understanding to achieve their full potential in (i) graduate school, (ii) career paths as statisticians.