* Not a baccalaureate degree program
We offer a minor in statistics and a BA in statistics
Biostatistics is the science of making decisions in the face of uncertainty. Its study provides a background for understanding numerical data and the process of making inferences from such data. Biostatistics is an invaluable tool for all scientific disciplines, as well as being a significant mathematical discipline in its own right. The Department of Biostatistics provides students with a calculus-based foundation in probability and statistics before branching into numerous areas of application. This foundation prepares students for career opportunities in government, business, health sciences and industry, or for graduate study in any quantitative discipline.
The Biostatistics department offers an undergraduate minor in Statistics and a BA degree in Statistics. Please see Degrees and Programs for the minor requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Biostatistics department website for more information on our faculty.
With the discipline’s broad value, having a minor in statistics will provide you with an academic or career advantage across many opportunities.
While the minor is certainly solid preparation for pursuing graduate education in biostatistics or any quantitative discipline, it will also help you stand out from other applicants in programs ranging from an MBA to an MSW. If you are seeking a medical or other professional degree, the minor allows you to complete certain research requirements of those programs.
For direct entry into the workplace, the minor prepares you for entry-level career opportunities in the health sciences, industry or government, including the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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.
For general academic advising: 829-5000
For questions directly related to statistics courses: 829-6000