Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Rapid advances in technology and the growing reliance on quantitative research have broadened the application of statistical reasoning to virtually all walks of life. Statistical techniques are widely used in research, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and government. The BS in Statistics program provides training in contemporary statistical techniques, as well as their theoretical background. By way of the Statistics elective courses, the program can be tailored to lead you to a wide variety of career choices in business or industry, or to prepare you for further studies in graduate school. Also, students who complete the BS in Statistics will automatically fulfill the necessary requirements for the Mathematics minor.

Curriculum

All BS in Statistics majors will take a minimum of 53 credits of courses within the major. These 53 credits will consist of 38 credits of specific required courses, plus a minimum of 15 credits of Statistics elective courses.

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Statistics Minor

At only 18 or 19 credits, the minor program in Statistics exposes students to contemporary statistical techniques, greatly increasing their marketability as well as their preparedness for graduate study in many disciplines.

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Contact

For more information on the Statistics program, contact the program director, Dr. Jay Stine, at jstine@misericordia.edu, 570-674-6452.

Mission, Goals, & Outcomes

Mission

The Statistics major will contribute to the mission of the university by fostering intellectual curiosity and critical thinking and by affirming the institution’s liberal arts character. The department’s mission statement designates that “The academic development of each student at the undergraduate level is ensured by the Mathematics Department's commitment to provide a learning experience that cultivates higher order thinking skills through the study and practice of mathematics.” As the disciplinary area of statistics provides students with expanded opportunities to cultivate higher order thinking skills through its (mathematics based) study and practice, the degree in Statistics complements the department’s mission. The Statistics program complements the department’s goals of providing a cooperative and quality academic environment from which students can graduate with an undergraduate liberal arts based degree and in which faculty are enabled to develop professionally.

Goals

The following are program goals for the Statistics major, in which students will:

1. Think critically, reason analytically and solve problems creatively.

2. Succeed in their careers in business, industry or government, as well as in graduate school.

3. Effectively communicate statistical ideas and arguments.

4. Use SPSS or similar statistical computer packages to perform data analysis.

5. Use statistical methods in their future endeavors not only within the discipline, but in other disciplines as well.

Outcomes

The Statistics major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:

1. Solve applied problems in differential and integral calculus, and probability theory.

2. Use a variety of statistical software packages to enter and manage data, and to calculate and combine descriptive statistical parameters.

3. Differentiate between various sampling techniques.

4. Utilize inferential statistics.

5. Calculate test statistics.

6. Use various test statistics to assess the significance of a model.

7. Utilize regression analysis to construct a predictive model.

8. Design and analyze experiments using a variety of techniques.

9. Gain entrance into careers as well as in graduate or professional school.

Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Statistics program as a freshman student are:

  • Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016; if taken after March 5, 2016, a minimum combined score of 930 is required. In lieu of the SAT, the ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18.

Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

* For more information about our admissions process, contact us at admiss@misericordia.edu or 1-866-262-6363.

Careers in Statistics

Professional statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, health care and many other fields.

According to the 2016-17 U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, statisticians work in fields such as:

  • Business and industry
  • Biostatistics
  • Computer science
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Sports
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Research and development
  • and any other field that requires the collection and analysis of data

“We’re entering an era of tremendous growth in the profession of statistics,’’ said American Statistical Association (ASA) President David R. Morganstein, who compared the boom in the field to the 1970s demand for computing professionals. “We’re seeing similar trajectory in statistics. Advances in computing, technology and Big Data continue to raise the demand for statisticians.’’

The job outlook for statisticians is robust, according to several jobs reports as they attribute growth from the more widespread use of statistical analysis in making informed business and health care decisions. The National Center for Education Statistics and the Education Advisory Board recently noted that statistics is the fastest growing STEM degree. LinkedIn, the popular career website, reported in January 2016 that statistician ranked second among the 25 most in-demand job skills in 2014.

Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for statisticians will increase 34 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for other occupations.

Faculty

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