May 26, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistical Science Major, B.S.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics  

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): In-Person  

About the Program

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science. 

A degree in Statistical Science is useful in a variety of professional fields including but not limited to biostatistics, health sciences, data science, business analytics, and econometrics.  Students are invited to consult with department faculty concerning career options. The department strongly recommends that students interested in data science pursue the Computer Science Minor.

Student Outcomes

  • Program Outcome 1: Graduates are able to use statistical methods to analyze data 
  • Program Outcome 2: Graduates are able to explain statistical ideas clearly 
  • Program Outcome 3: Graduates understand the foundations of probability and theoretical statistics  
  • Program Outcome 4: Graduates are able to write computer programs that perform statistical procedures

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements. 

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. 
  • A grade of C- or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree and a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 in these courses. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. 
  • Majors in Statistical Science are required to complete a minor unless they are a dual major or a major receiving a concurrent or second degree.  Majors in Statistical Science are not allowed to minor in Mathematics. Students who wish to double major in Statistical Science and a major that requires a Mathematics Minor must consult a faculty advisor. A double major in Statistical Science and Mathematics is not allowed.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements for degree completion.  

  • Written Communication (6 credits) 
  • Oral Communication (3 credits) 
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits) 
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits) 
  • Historical (3 credits) 
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits) 
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences; or social and behavioral sciences. 

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

  • Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for a list of courses that fulfill the Multicultural Requirement for degree completion.  
  • Many programs include courses that meet this requirement. Students should consult with their advisor to determine what program courses may fulfill this requirement. 

Required Courses: 45-46 credits

Senior Experience: 4 credits

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirement 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Major Requirements 45-46 credits
Senior Experience 4 credits
Minor and Unrestricted Electives 34-41 credits
Total for the Statistical Science Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.