Statistics is the discipline that deals with the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It is also a foundation for Data Science. The goal of statistics is to make informed and sound decisions. Therefore, statistics play a role in nearly every field that has data. Examples of these fields include public health, market analysis, manufacturing industry, environmental study, social science, but the list goes on and on.

The course listings shown below under 'coursework' are the requirements for this academic program. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with the Statistics program advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

Total: 45 semester hours.

Note to students with Mathematics major and Statistics minor or Statistics major and Mathematics minor: these combinations are permitted only if another major or minor is also obtained. Note to student with Mathematics major and Statistics major with Mathematics track: on the Mathematics major, at least 9 hours at the 300 level or above must not be counted on the Statistics major. Also, student must have an outside major or minor. Note to students with Statistics major with Application track: Student must have a minor in an area other than Mathematics or another major
Required Courses (33 hours)
  • MTH 132 - Calculus I 4(4-0) 
  • MTH 133 - Calculus II 4(4-0) 
  • MTH 223 - Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 3(3-0) 
  • MTH 233 - Calculus III 4(4-0) 
  • STA 382QR - Elementary Statistical Analysis 3(3-0) 
  • STA 575 - Statistical Programming for Data Management and Analysis 3(3-0) 
  • STA 580 - Applied Statistical Methods I 3(3-0) 
  • STA 584 - Mathematical Statistics I 3(3-0) 
  • STA 585 - Mathematical Statistics II 3(3-0) 
  • STA 590 - Applied Statistical Methods II 3(3-0)
Other Required (6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
  • Option A: Mathematics Track (6 hours)
    • MTH 332 - Introduction to Mathematical Proof 3(3-0)
    • MTH 532 - Advanced Calculus 3(3-0)
  • Option B: Applied Track (6hours)
    • Select two courses in which statistics has a natural application from disciplines other than MTH or STA. These courses may not be double counted as general education courses nor courses required by a minor the student is taking
Electives (6 hours)
Select from the following:
  • STA 582 - Experimental Designs 3(3-0) 
  • STA 583 - Nonparametric Statistics 3(3-0) 
  • STA 586 - Clinical Trials and Survival Analysis 3(3-0) 
  • STA 587 - Statistical Theory and Methods for Quality Improvement 3(3-0) 
  • STA 588 - Sampling Techniques 3(3-0) 
  • STA 589 - Time Series Forecasting 3(3-0) 
  • STA 591 - Data Mining Techniques I 3(3-0) 
  • STA 592 - Six Sigma: Foundations and Techniques for Green Belts 3(3-0)
  • STA 595 - Introduction to Bayesian Statistics 3(3-0) 
  • STA 596 - Special Topics in Statistics 1-6(Spec.) 
  • STA 597 - Independent Study1-6
Total Credit Hours: 45
Statistics and Analytics Organizations

The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians, the “Big Tent for Statistics.” It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy. The ASA website posts updated salary information for job announcements.

The International Biometric Society is an international society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in the biosciences, including agriculture, biomedical science and public health, ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, and allied disciplines.
What can you do with a major in Statistics?

CMU Career Services provides guidance on the journey toward your career as a statistician or data analyst. When it comes to landing an internship or job, Career Services is your first stop for resume writing tips, mock interviews, consultations and advice.

At career fairs on campus you'll meet employers ready to hire CMU interns and graduates. Come prepared with your resume and meet dozens of employers in one afternoon.

Also be sure to explore the following statistics and analytics internet resources:

CMU's Statistics Club is a student organization for undergraduates who are interested in having a career in the statistics and analytics. Meetings are normally held bi-monthly at 6:30 p.m. in Pearce Hall.

For more information contact the club advisor
Jungsywan Sepanski
Pearce Hall 201C