Brief Description of Concentration

statisticsStatistics is a relatively young discipline, organized around the rapidly growing body of knowledge about principled methods for data collection and data analysis, the making of rational decisions under uncertainty, and the modeling of randomness in any quantitative inquiries, including the social, natural, and medical sciences. Statistics has a theoretical core surrounded by a large number of domains of application in fields such as anthropology, astronomy, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, education, engineering, environmental sciences, epidemiology, finance, forensic science, geophysical sciences, government, history, law, linguistics, mathematics, medicine, physics, population science, psychology, sociology, and many others.

Learning Objectives

A basic goal of the concentration in Statistics is to help students acquire the conceptual, computational, and mathematical tools for quantifying uncertainty and making sense of complex data arising from many applications.

Gateway Courses

  • Statistics 100: Introduction to Statistics and Data Science (fall and spring)
  • Statistics 102: Introduction to Statistics for Life Sciences (spring)
  • Statistics 104: Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economics (fall and spring)
  • Only one of Stat 100, 102, or 104 can be taken for credit 
  • Statistics 110: Introduction to Probability (fall)
  • Statistics 111: Introduction to Theoretical Statistics (spring)
  • Statistics 139: Statistical Sleuthing Through Linear Models (fall)

It is highly recommended to take Stat 110, 111, and 139 sequentially and in numerical order.