New Statistics Major & Minor
The HSU Department of Mathematics and
Computer Science is very pleased to offer a statistics option within the B.S.
degree in mathematics. In an increasingly quantitative world, technology
provides the ability to gather huge amounts of data in a variety of settings.
Statistics is the area of mathematics devoted to determining methods of
creating trustworthy data, analyzing data, and drawing practical information
and conclusions from it. Statistical reasoning and methods are increasingly
required in a wide variety of endeavors. Medical research absolutely depends
on careful design of experiments and interpretation of the complex data that
result. Business, industry, and government need statisticians to interpret data
correctly in order to guide policy decisions. According to *Science Daily,
90% of data in the world was generated over the last two years, so the need
for statisticians will only grow.
Statisticians have specialized
mathematical tools that are used in a broad spectrum of professions solve
problems. Because of this diversity, statisticians must work and communicate
well with others. The new statistics track includes statistics-related
elective courses from other disciplines including business, sociology and
psychology. Our students will learn the theory and practice of statistics
within the context of a rich liberal arts education provided at HSU, thus
making them particularly well-suited for meaningful and productive careers in
a profession with a myriad of job opportunities. Our first declared major in
the statistics track plans to become an actuary and work in the insurance