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Statistics BA

(HEGIS: 17.02 STATISTICS, CIP: 27.0501 Statistics, General)


706 Kimball Tower
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3079

Gregory Wilding

Dietrich Kuhlmann
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Why study Statistics BA at UB?

All of the faculty in the Department of Biostatistics have extensive experience working with real data through their research and interdisciplinary collaborations and their experiences are brought into the classroom. Thus students are not only exposed to statistical theory, but how to apply the theory to real-world problems, providing students insight beyond what an ordinary textbook offers. Our goal is to prepare students for a career in applied statistics or continuation of their education in pursuit of an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the statistics major are expected to have demonstrated knowledge of the following:

  • An understanding of probability theory, its application to everyday problems and the important role probability plays in data analysis and decision making
  • The ability to identify the proper statistical technique needed for the analysis of data in a variety of contexts
  • How to design data collection experiments in a way that allows for optimal decision making while being subject to real-world constraint

The Learning Environment

All our courses are taught in a typical lecture style classroom setting. Some courses utilize a hybrid style approach where students can view videos on certain topics allowing a more in depth discussion in class. Introductory classes are generally large lecture hall classes with these classes broken up into smaller groups for recitations, where teaching assistants review homework problems. Upper level courses are intended to be much smaller, but will possibly still be as large as 50 students.

About Our Facilities

The statistics major is offered within the Department of Biostatistics. The department is based on South Campus and classes are taught on both the North Campus and the South Campus. Most classes are taught lecture style in both lecture halls for introductory courses and classrooms for advanced courses. Some courses make use of a modern computer lab for recitations or instruction.

About Our Faculty

The Department of Biostatistics has 12 full time faculty members. We will be adding 2 full time faculty members devoted to the undergraduate program. All our undergraduate courses are taught by faculty members. There are approximately 10 teaching assistants in the department that help with grading and recitations.

The department faculty are committed to quality teaching, are involved in academic research and have applied statistical methods in a variety of fields.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Biostatistics department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

There is, and will continue to be, a growing demand for statisticians and data analysts over the next two decades. In addition to data oriented careers in industry, graduates can choose to further their education through graduate study in pursuit of a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in applied or theoretical statistics. A major in statistics well prepares students for a variety of careers in areas such as the health sciences, engineering, actuary science, business analytics, economics, law, and data science.

Academic Advising

General academic advising is provided by a knowledgeable staff located within the School of Public Health and Health Professionals. Additional advisement is provided by our Director of Undergraduate Studies and other faculty for students desiring guidance for possible minors and concentrations in complimentary areas of study. This type of advising is meant to help students extract the most value from their electives.

Academic Advising Contact Information

For general academic advising: 829-5000

For questions directly related to statistics courses: 829-6000

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Published: Apr 12, 2019 12:36:22