This fact sheet gives recommended upper level courses that will be particularly useful to students interested in statistics.
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.
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.