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In the Department of Statistics—among the top 5 of 65 statistics programs in the nation—the faculty involves students in the invention, study, and development of principles and methods for modeling uncertainty via mathematical probability; for designing experiments, surveys, and observational programs; and for analyzing and interpreting analytical data. The faculty includes an expert in the history of statistics who recently won a Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The program offers excellent coverage of the principles and methods of statistics in combination with a solid training in mathematics. There is considerable elective freedom, enabling students to examine areas of knowledge in the biological, physical, and social sciences that are often subjected to detailed statistical analysis.

Students in other fields of study may complete a minor in Statistics.