This fact sheet gives recommended upper level courses that will be particularly useful to students interested in statistics.
The Mathematics Major - Statistics Concentration
Lower Division Courses
MS 201 - Calculus 1 MS 245 - Linear Algebra
MS 202 - Calculus 2 MS 255 - Logic and Proofs
MS 203 - Calculus 3 Any CS course at the 100 level
Upper Division Courses Any six at the 300 or 400 level
Capstone MS 497-498 - Senior Research
Strongly Recommended Courses
Mathematics Minor Applied Statistics Minor (Business School)
MS 371 - Probability MS 372 - Statistics
Other Recommended Courses
MS 350 - Mathematical Modeling MS 316 - Differential Equations
MS 351 - Operations Research MS 401 - Real Analysis II
Mathematics Major

What is Statistics?

Statistics is the analysis of data: large sets of numbers. Businesses, industry, and government agencies employ statisticians at various levels to help them evaluate their activities and make reasonable decisions. Scholarly fields such as biology and finance are making increasing use of statistics to further their research.


Career Preparation

Many students with a background in statistics will find jobs within industry or the government immediately upon completing a bachelor's degree. Students interested in continuing their education have many options as well. Many graduate schools have programs leading to masters or doctorates in statistics, and numerous programs in biostatistics have been added recently. Graduates of any of these programs work in high levels of industry and government. In addition to practicing statistics in one of these settings, a student with a graduate degree may aim to do teaching and research in statistics. Most colleges and universities have researchers and teachers in statistics on their faculties.

The student wishing to pursue work or graduate school in statistics should plan on at least minoring in mathematics, and should seriously consider a major. An applied statistics minor is also strongly encouraged.


Recent Graduates

  • Jennifer Czuprynski, 2001, Iowa State University (Statistics)
  • Stephanie Faruzzi, 1998, University of Michigan (Biostatistics)