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A stylized illustration of equations, formulas and graphs, representing a statistics major.

A statistics major prepares students for careers in the modern, data-driven world. The program provides a solid background in mathematics and programming and builds upon this background with course work in probability, statistics, computational methods for data science and application of statistics and probability. 

A Bachelor of Arts degree in statistics requires a higher level of competency in arts and humanities, while the Bachelor of Science degree in statistics requires greater science proficiency. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree can also choose to complete this major through Lyman Briggs College.


Graduates with a statistics major pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of research and data analysis and information technology. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Banks
  • Government agencies
  • Health care insurance and managed care agencies 
  • High schools and middle schools
  • Information technology companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment firms

Alumni work as: 

  • Actuarial analysts and technicians
  • Biostatisticians
  • High school and middle school teachers
  • Operations research analysts
  • Program directors
  • Research mathematicians/scientists
  • Sociologists

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