Statistics, BA

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Major: Statistics

Program Overview

All undergraduate degrees in the department are based on a four-course sequence in calculus and differential equations and have a computational component. The statistics degrees all require a further statistics core and a minimum of 120 credit hours. 

Students in statistics begin with a foundation in mathematics. Then they add statistical theory, plus intensive modern data analysis and a concentration in a field of their choice. The goal is to develop an appreciation of each facet of the discipline and a mastery of technical skills. This prepares students to enter a growing profession with opportunities in the academic, governmental, actuarial, and industrial spheres.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to know the fundamental concepts of probability theory, random variables, probability distributions, moments, and the transformation of random variables.
  • Students will be able to correctly identify appropriate probability models for a given random phenomenon and demonstrates the capability of finding distributions of functions of random variables and properties thereof.
  • Students will be able to know the fundamental concepts of the central limit theorem, law of large numbers, theory of estimation, and hypothesis testing.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the capability of setting up the mathematical proof for finding large sample properties of estimators and/or is able to construct appropriate statistical inferential procedures using such estimators.
  • Students will be able to know the fundamental concepts of linear regression models and is trained with appropriate statistical software for exploratory data analysis, data visualization, building regression models, carrying out statistical inferences, and validations of model assumptions.
  • Students will be able to formulate an appropriate linear regression model for a given problem, is able to fit such a model and use it for statistical inference, and/or identify its limitations.
  • Students will be able to express a given research problem in quantitative and statistical terms, finds the appropriate set of statistical methods and/or models to solve the problem, and is able to implement them using appropriate statistical software that leads to the solution of the problem.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate the statistical analysis to a non-expert in statistics and is able to put the work in the proper context in the form of a technical report.

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Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.