Statistics as a discipline is the development and application of methods to collect, analyze, interpret, and learn from data. Since data are collected in almost every field, including the natural and social sciences, medicine, industry, finance, and engineering, statistics are crucial in understanding the world around us. 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 also 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. Statistics majors find employment easily in both industry and at government agencies, and are well-prepared to begin graduate school in applied areas.
Steps for Changing Major
1. File the Change of Major Application through Hokie Spa.
2. Student must meet progress toward degree requirements. Please visit the registrar's checksheets.
3. Contact Brandy Hayden (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Process for Adding a Stats Major
Please contact Brandy Hayden (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment to discuss the major, create a graduation plan, and sign the required paperwork. Such meetings are required for all students wishing to add a statistics major. Please plan appropriately to add the major before course request begins.