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Statistics is the development and application of methods to collect, analyze, interpret, and learn from data. The study of statistics is crucial in understanding the world around us. All scientific fields of inquery rely on statistics to turn data into meaningful information.  Good statistical practice relies on comprehensive critical thinking that merges quantitative, mathematical and computer science skills with qualitative forms of thought, such as communicating results, assimilating new information with old, and assessing implications of discoveries.

With this in mind, our curriculum couples math, probability, inference, and computer science courses with statistical application, technical writing, and communication classes. We encourage students to minor in other areas and give academic credit for internships. When students major in Statistics, they receive a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and find employment in industry and at government agencies. Graduates in statistics are well-prepared to begin graduate school in applied areas.

The department offers two minor degrees: Statistics and Actuarial Science. Actuarial Science is an area of research that combines methods in mathematics, statistics, finance, and economics to assess risk within the insurance industry. Many of the courses for our Actuarial Science minor have been approved by the Society of Actuaries.

For additional information about undergraduate statistics education, please contact:

Christina Dillon
406-A Hutcheson Hall (MC 0439)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5630
Fax: 540-231-3863
Email: ugradstat@vt.edu

 

For course enrollment problems or force add questions please contact:

Betty Higginbotham
405-A Hutcheson Hall (MC 0439)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5657
Email: higgvt@vt.edu