Statistics is the science of data. Data are numbers with a context; the particular context that gave rise to the numbers is important. In addition to knowledge of mathematics, statisticians must learn about the scientific disciplines that generate data of interest to understand and explain the observational studies or the statistical experiments in question. For example, statisticians calculate probabilities for DNA paternity tests; design clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new medications; study economic time series data, such as gross domestic product from developing countries in Africa; and develop statistical models of responses from fMRI psychological experiments.
Statistics has a coherent body of theory, which students of the field master, as well as methodology designed for applied uses in many disciplines. The department teaches courses in both theoretical and applied statistics. Graduates of statistics are employed in many fields including health and medicine, business, and government.
For detailed information about degree requirements, visit the most recent College of Arts & Sciences Academic Bulletin.
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