Bachelor of Science | College of Arts and Science
What is Statistics?
The study of statistics emphasizes careful problem analysis, precision of thought and expression, and the mathematical skills needed for work in many other areas. Mathematicians and statisticians are interested both in the theory and the applications within their disciplines. Applied mathematicians and statisticians use tools growing out of calculus, computing, statistics, and operations research to solve problems in science, industry, government, and other areas.
Statisticians may work in highly technical areas such as computer programming, or they may work in economics (as statistical analysts), in operations research, in insurance (as actuaries), or in any other field requiring sophisticated analytical skills. Some of these fields include sciences such as astronomy, chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, oceanography, meteorology, and ecology, or fields as diverse as linguistics, law, or business.
What are the features of Miami’s program?
Emphasis on teaching
The ratio of instructors to students is small and allows for an excellent one-on-one relationship. Many classes for mathematics and statistics majors have 20 or fewer students. Students receive individual attention and get to know instructors. With Miami's focus on undergraduate education, senior faculty regularly teach first-year as well as upper-level courses. For guidance, you'll also be assigned an adviser in your first year.
A broad range of courses
With more than 200 undergraduate students majoring in mathematics, math education, or statistics, Miami can offer a broad range of courses in the areas of pure and applied mathematics, statistics, and operations research.
The department provides opportunities for faculty and students to work together in small groups. Included are seminars for first-year majors, seminars in mathematical modeling, study groups for actuarial exams, honors calculus and honors linear algebra, and problem-solving seminars. Problem-solving skills are developed or sharpened in these courses and prove useful in mathematical research work, consulting in business and industry, or taking competitive exams.
An active mathematics honorary
Pi Mu Epsilon is an active student honorary that hosts outside speakers and sponsors trips to regional and national conferences where students are given the opportunity to present their research. Some of our students have received prizes for their high-quality presentations.
Opportunities for research
Through the University Summer Scholars Program, an undergraduate program sponsored by the Office for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching, students are given the opportunity to do research with a faculty mentor. Students can also work with a faculty member doing independent studies. In many cases, this leads to a paper that can be presented at a regional or national student conference. The National Science Foundation also sponsors summer programs such as the Research Experiences for Undergraduates. A number of Miami's students majoring in mathematics and statistics have been accepted in such programs.
Mathematics and statistics colloquia
Undergraduate mathematics and statistics majors are encouraged to attend departmental colloquia, which are held several times each semester. This gives students exposure to new ideas, applications, and famous scholars.
What are the special admission requirements, if any?There are no additional admission requirements for this program.
What courses would I take?
Miami's major in statistics requires both theoretical and applied mathematics courses. During the first two years of study, most students majoring in statistics complete a sequence of calculus courses and a linear algebra course. With the help of an adviser, you select one or two additional courses that strengthen your preparation for upper-level studies.
The related hours requirement is a concentration of courses in an area of study that has a well-established relationship with mathematics and statistics. This requirement enhances your study of statistics and allows you to tailor the courses to your interests. There are specific tracks that you can follow in certain areas such as actuarial science and systems analysis. For other areas such as biological or social science, or decision science, you can design your program with departmental and adviser approval. The requirement also includes a course or demonstrated competency in computer programming.
What can I do with this major?
Our graduates are very successful in obtaining employment in such areas as statistics, computing and information systems, and operations research. Many important problems in government, private industry, health and environmental fields, and the academic world require sophisticated techniques for their solutions. The study of statistics provides specific analytical and quantitative tools for dealing with these problems. Employers view graduates with a strong background in mathematics and statistics as good problem solvers. There is also a growing demand for graduates with broad mathematical training in addition to experience with computers. Often these graduates can quickly acquire the technical knowledge that is needed in many specialized fields on the job.
Job titles held by alumni with degrees in statistics are many and varied, such as actuary, benefits consultant, financial analyst, statistician, internal auditor, scientist, market researcher, biomathematician, operations analyst, systems engineer, software developer, management consultant, and numerical analyst.
Those who go on to graduate school find their bachelor's degree is an excellent base to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics, operations research, or other fields such as business administration, computer engineering, computer science, economics, law, or medicine.
- What Can I Do with a Major in Statistics? (CAS Advising)
Who can I contact for more information?
Department of Statistics
311 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056