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Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Go beyond the numbers. Statistics at the University of St. Thomas integrates sophisticated technology with modern statistical methods to solve real-world problems. You will learn mathematical and statistical fundamentals, technological skills for acquiring and managing data and advanced methods of data analysis and visualization throughout your undergraduate career.

Why Study Statistics at St. Thomas?

Statistics is a joint collaboration between the Mathematics and Computer and Information Sciences Departments at St. Thomas. Not only will you gain a strong understanding of statistical methods, but you will also gain technological, communication and critical thinking skills needed to analyze big data. You will be able to take classes focusing on topics like data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive modeling and more depending on your interests and goals. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of industries as risk analysts, bio-statisticians, epidemiologists, data scientists and more.

Making Sense of the Data

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • On-Campus Jobs and Research Opportunities
  • You will start by developing a strong mathematical foundation by diving deep into classes about descriptive statistics, probability, inference, predictive modeling and more. You will also foster your computer programming and communication skills while completing electives focused on topics like Bayesian models and biostatistics.

    Beyond the foundational statistics coursework, you have access to a wide array of courses and electives focusing on spatial statistics, simulation and modeling, data visualization and more. We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to develop a four-year plan that matches your interests and goals.

    Sample Four-Year Plans

    • Bachelor of Science in Statistics with a concentration in Applied Statistics
    • Bachelor of Science in Statistics with a concentration in Mathematical Statistics
    • Minor in Statistics with a concentration in Applied Statistics
    • Minor in Statistics with a concentration in Mathematical Statistics

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

    The Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving incoming students. St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates intending to pursue the sciences, mathematics or engineering at St. Thomas.
    Statistics students have the opportunity to work on-campus as a tutor and/or grader for introductory statistics courses. Faculty within the Computer and Information Sciences Department also hire students to participate in professional research opportunities as well.

    Course Requirements

    You will start by developing a strong mathematical foundation by diving deep into classes about descriptive statistics, probability, inference, predictive modeling and more. You will also foster your computer programming and communication skills while completing electives focused on topics like Bayesian models and biostatistics.

    Four-Year Plan

    Beyond the foundational statistics coursework, you have access to a wide array of courses and electives focusing on spatial statistics, simulation and modeling, data visualization and more. We recommend connecting with a member of our faculty to develop a four-year plan that matches your interests and goals.

    Sample Four-Year Plans

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Science in Statistics with a concentration in Applied Statistics
    • Bachelor of Science in Statistics with a concentration in Mathematical Statistics
    • Minor in Statistics with a concentration in Applied Statistics
    • Minor in Statistics with a concentration in Mathematical Statistics

    Scholarships

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarships

    The Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship is awarded to high-achieving incoming students. St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates intending to pursue the sciences, mathematics or engineering at St. Thomas.

    On-Campus Jobs and Research Opportunities

    Statistics students have the opportunity to work on-campus as a tutor and/or grader for introductory statistics courses. Faculty within the Computer and Information Sciences Department also hire students to participate in professional research opportunities as well.

    Just the Facts

    Statistics students have a variety of unique opportunities throughout their time at St. Thomas, including interacting with faculty one-on-one in a range of settings.

    Interdisciplinary

    Our program draws from mathematics, data analytics and computer science. This means you will gain a unique skill set that will benefit you in your career and set you up for long-term success.

    Capstone

    You will have the chance to conduct impactful research. The statistics major culminates with the chance to partner with a faculty member on real issues that interest you in a capstone course.

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    In the last five years, our faculty have published 33 peer-reviewed papers, one book, one book chapter and two R statistical packages.
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    Career Paths

    You can go down a variety of career paths with a degree in statistics.
    • Statistician
    • Risk Analyst
    • Data Scientist
    • Epidemiologist
    • Bio-Statistician
    • Data or Business Analyst

    Get Involved

    Seminars, events and student-run clubs—the possibilities are endless for getting involved at St. Thomas.
    R Ladies is a worldwide organization promoting gender diversity in the R programming community. They hold meetings every year in the Twin Cities, and our students have the opportunity to attend and engage with the community. In addition, they build their professional network and learn more about their future career field.
    St. Thomas hosts the Applied Probability and Statistics Seminar Series, co-sponsored by the Twin Cities chapter of the American Statistical Association. The ongoing series has not only attracted students and faculty throughout our program and St. Thomas, but industry experts as well.
    Senior statistics majors complete a capstone project spanning a variety of topic areas. Past projects have included the spread of deliberate misinformation in the media and the perceptions of gender in leadership roles.

    Using Big Data to Solve Big Problems

    Statistics students can study abroad, get involved with collaborative research and so much more. Our students engage with each other and the broader St. Thomas community.

    Facilities That Meet Your Needs

    Choosing to major or minor in statistics means you will have access to fantastic technology in the classroom to challenge yourself and develop your skills.
    Statistics has five primary teaching rooms on the fourth floor and three classrooms on the second floor of the O'Shaughnessy Science Center.
    We support over 100 software packages for teaching and research.
    Students have access to the Center for Applied Mathematics and Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC).
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    A Unique Approach

    Statistics students at St. Thomas learn to integrate sophisticated technology with modern statistical methods to address real-world issues. They graduate with valuable and practical skills needed in multiple industries.