What is statistics?
Statistics is the science of learning from data. No matter what you call them—statistician, financial analyst, market researcher, epidemiologist, actuary, survey researcher, data scientist—statisticians are a diverse group of people with one thing in common: they use statistics to draw valuable insights from data. With a career in statistics, you’re not limited by industry or geography. Work for a car company in Michigan, a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, a humanitarian organization in New York City, a government office in Washington DC, a pharmaceutical company in Europe or a business consultancy in India.
The Department of Statistics offers master's and Ph.D. programs in statistics, as well as a variety of undergraduate majors and minors, including a data analysis minor that may be completed without taking calculus.
Do you have a specific interest? Our faculty have specialties that include:
- Bayesian analysis
- Categorical data
- Linear and nonlinear models
- Multivariate data
- Nonparametric and rank-based analysis
- Spatial analysis and mapping
- Survival data
- Time series analysis