(College of Letters and Science)
Thomas Lee, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Department Office. 4118 Mathematical Sciences Building; 530-752-2361; http://www.stat.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
Statistics enables us to make inferences about entire populations, based on samples extracted from those populations. Statistical methods can be applied to problems from almost every discipline and they are vitally important to researchers in agricultural, biological, environmental, social, engineering, and medical sciences.
The Program. Statistics majors may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Both the A.B. and the B.S. programs require theoretical and applied course work and underscore the strong interdependence of statistical theory and the applications and computational aspects of statistics. The B.S. degree program has four tracks: General Track, Applied Statistics Track, Computational Statistics Track, and the Statistical Data Science Track. The A.B. degree program has one track.
A.B. in Statistics-Applied Statistics Option Track emphasizes statistical applications. This track is recommended for students who are interested in applications of statistical techniques to various disciplines, especially the social sciences.
Major Advisor. D. Paul
Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan a program as early as possible. Sometime before or during the first quarter of the junior year, students planning to major in Statistics should consult with a faculty advisor to plan the remainder of their undergraduate programs.
Career Alternatives. Probability models, statistical methods, and computational techniques are used in a great many fields, including the biological, physical, social, and health sciences, business, and engineering. The wide applicability of statistics is reflected in the strong demand for graduates with statistical training in both the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities include careers in data and policy analysis in government and industry, financial management, quality control, insurance and healthcare industry, actuarial science, engineering, public health, biological and pharmaceutical research, law, and education. Students with an undergraduate degree in statistics have entered advanced studies in statistics, economics, finance, psychology, medicine, business management and analytics, and other professional school programs.