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College of Arts and Sciences

Statistics is the science of the collection, organization and interpretation of data. A primary concern is the analysis of population characteristics by inference from a sample of the population. Statistics is essential for the proper running of government, central to decision making in industry and a core component of modern educational curricula at all levels.

Statistical ideas and methods are useful in many ways. When the Gallup Poll reports that 42 percent of the American public currently approves of the President’s performance, this statement is meaningful even though only a small group was questioned. Similarly, statistical conclusions are made from the results of experiments which link smoking with cancer.

The use of numerical data and the analysis through statistical means are common in the areas of psychology, sociology and economics; in fact, much of public policy is directed by statistical inferences.

Career Opportunities

A wide range of career opportunities is available.

Statisticians design experiments to test the acceptance of new products for pharmaceutical and agricultural companies. Others work for insurance companies as actuaries, improving and revising estimates of life expectancy, accident rates and damages.

Statisticians are key members of health teams who work with research organizations collecting and analyzing data to further medical knowledge in medicine and improve health care.

Graduates in statistics are employed in federal agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Education and the Census Bureau to collect data on a large scale and use it to forecast various conditions and events of interest to decision makers.

Other opportunities exist in quality control areas of production firms developing and executing plans to monitor the quality of the products produced or purchased.


The curriculum for the major begins with three semesters of calculus and a course in linear algebra. These are some of the most useful courses in the department in that they introduce fundamental tools for describing and understanding the world, especially science and business, and in that they lay the theoretical foundations for most later courses in mathematics and statistics. The curriculum also includes a two-semester sequence in probability and statistics and a course in advanced calculus or real analysis.

Additional requirements are at least two statistics courses selected from regression analysis, sample design, experimental design, nonparametric statistics, quality control or time series, and at least one additional course selected from courses such as applied linear algebra, applied probability exploratory data analysis, numerical analysis and optimization techniques.

It is common for students to take a minor or second major in an area which relates to statistics, such as the biological sciences, psychology, sociology, business or computer science. It is suggested that students sample courses from several areas during the first two years to become familiar with basic terminology and concepts.

It is possible for students to earn a limited number of graduate credits during the senior year and complete a master’s degree in mathematics or statistics or in one year beyond the bachelor’s degree. The department offers graduate programs through the Ph.D. level.

Faculty and Facilities

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics’ 26 faculty members have all earned doctorates in mathematics or statistics from leading universities. Beginning with calculus, all courses are taught in small sections in order to insure an appropriate level of personal attention.

Students utilize various computer software tools including Maple, Minitab, Matlab and Geometer’s Sketchpad. These are available in the Scientific Computation Laboratory, a classroom currently equipped with Power Macintosh G4’s, and in other computer labs around campus.

Part-time employment is available for undergraduates as tutors in the Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Center or as graders for the department.

Scholarships and Student Organizations

A number of scholarships exist specifically for students who declare a major in statistics:

The department has an active chapter of the mathematics honorary society, Kappa Mu Epsilon, which organizes mathematics talks and social activities for undergraduates. The Actuarial Science Society brings prospective employers to campus for talks and interviews. There is also a chapter of the statistics honorary society Mu Sigma Rho.

A variety of honors courses and seminars are offered and there is the possibility of writing an honors research thesis in order to graduate with departmental or university honors.

Preparation for College

While it is not necessary to take calculus in high school, the department offers an advanced placement program to receive credit for all or part of the calculus sequence by taking the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board while in high school.

Program Details

To learn more about the official program of study for Statistics, please check the undergraduate catalog online at

For Further Information

Internet Access

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The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Statistics, please check the undergraduate catalog online at