B.A./B.S. in Statistics

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. or B.S. in statistics.

What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and interpreting data. The goal of statistics is not merely to perform computations and make graphs with data, but also to learn from data. You’ll gain special training to draw conclusions and make decisions through the analysis of data in the face of uncertainty. Understanding statistics, including its misuses and limitations, is a critical component of being an informed citizen in our increasingly data-driven world.

Why Statistics?

With a Valpo degree in statistics, you can pursue a career in a wide array of fields, such as medicine, public health, education, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and government. Statisticians serve in many important capacities, including studying the safety of nuclear power plants, evaluating the environmental impact of pollution, determining the effectiveness of new drugs, estimating the U.S. unemployment rate, and analyzing consumer demand for products.

Employment opportunities in statistics are growing quickly, and there are too few people trained in data analysis to meet the strong demand in the job market. A major in statistics provides students with a foundation in statistical theory and focuses on how to appropriately conduct statistical analyses in real applications.

You will take a broad range of statistics and mathematics classes with particular focus on research and analysis. Students who complete the major in statistics will gain quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Course Title Credits
Introductory Statistics Course
One course from the following options is required:
STAT 140 General Statistics 3 Credits
STAT 240 (*) Statistical Analysis 3 Credits
PSY 201 Statistical Methods 3 Credits
BUS 205 Business Statistics 3 Credits
(*) STAT 240 is the recommended option.
Intermediate Statistics Course
One course from the following options is required:
STAT 340 Statistics for Decision Making 3 Credits
ECON 325 Econometrics 3 Credits
Core Courses
The following courses are required:
DATA 151 Introduction to Data Science 3 Credits
STAT 343 Time Series Analysis 3 Credits
STAT 344 Stochastic Processes 3 Credits
STAT 361 Introduction to R 1 Credit
STAT 363 Introduction to SAS 3 Credits
STAT 441 Probability 4 Credits
STAT 442 Mathematical Statistics 3 Credits
STAT 299 Statistics Colloquium I 1 Credit
STAT 399 Statistics Colloquium II 1 Credit
STAT 499 Statistics Colloquium III 1 Credit
One course from the following options is required:
ACRS 325 Actuarial Modeling 3 Credits
BIO/MATH 321 Mathematical Models of Infectious Disease 3 Credits
BAN 440 Machine Learning 3 Credits
CS 325 Simulation and Modeling 3 Credits
DATA 433 Data Mining and Applications 3 Credits
ECON 473 Applied Data Science 3 Credits
GEO/MET 460 Data Analysis 3 Credits
POLS 210 Research Methods in Political Science 3 Credits
PSY 202 Research Methods in Psychology 3 Credits
SOC 320 Research Methods in Sociology 3 Credits
STAT 490 Advanced Topics in Statistics 3 Credits
*Note: The chosen elective may not be used to fulfill the requirements of any other major or minor.
Additional Required Courses:
MATH 131 Calculus I 4 Credits
MATH 132 Calculus II 4 Credits
MATH 253 Calculus III 4 Credits
One course from the following is also required:
MATH 260 Linear Systems and Matrices 1 Credit
MATH 264 Linear Algebra 3 Credits

*Statistics majors may not pursue a minor in applied statistics.

*Statistics majors who are also pursuing either the mathematics major or the complementary mathematics major may not use courses with a STAT prefix to fulfill any of the upper-level elective requirements for the mathematics major or the complementary mathematics major.