"Everything about being a statistics student has shaped the way I approach problem-solving. I’ve learned to be more skeptical, detail-oriented, and to really understand the context of problems before diving in and trying to implement solutions."
Zorian Thornton, Virginia Tech Statistics Class of 2019
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 curriculums couple 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 of Statistics now offers two options for a Bachelor's of Science in Statistics degree: Data Science & Statistical Methods and Theory.