The study of statistics provides the student with analytical tools that may find application in various fields within the sciences and social sciences. Bioinformatics is a rapidly developing area open to students in statistics with a working knowledge of computing and biological sciences. Actuarial science is one area open to students in statistics who also have backgrounds in such subjects as computer science, mathematics and economics. In addition to offering the Statistics Major, the department has a specialized undergraduate track for students interested in pursuing a career in bioinformatics: the concentration in Quantitative Biology. The BA/MA in Statistics and Applied Mathematics offered by the department provides enrichment for undergraduate statistics majors.
A student majoring in mathematics or statistics may become a candidate for departmental honors by successfully completing MATH 49000 , STAT 48600, or any 700-level MATH or STAT course, and by presenting a major GPA of at least 3.6.