An undergraduate major or minor from the Department of Statistics can prepare you for a career in industry, government, academia, and beyond. Our alumni apply their skills in diverse areas such as data science, computer science, education, actuarial science, public health, pharmaceuticals, business, and sports analytics–just to name a few.
Why Study Statistics?
Data is important now more than ever. Organizations in nearly every field gather vast quantities of data and use it to inform the decisions that shape our world. Behind every evidence-based decision is statistics, or the science of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.
Statistics uses mathematics, computing, and analysis to organize and understand data. Statisticians use critical and abstract thinking and apply mathematical principles to problems. They often combine modeling with computational skills to make evidence-based decisions. Statisticians also examine theories to determine the bases for new and improved methods of obtaining, evaluating, and analyzing data.
Majors and Minors
The UConn Department of Statistics offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in both statistics and mathematics-statistics, as well as a BS in Statistical Data Science. Students can also pursue a minor in statistics.
Regardless of which degree you choose, you’ll be able to explore the many exciting subfields within statistics and dive into specific topics that interest you most. You’ll also have the flexibility to explore your interests and to take advantage of opportunities at a Research I university.
The statistics major is ideal for students with a primary interest in statistical science. You'll take 24 required credits of statistics courses and an additional 12 or more credits of flexible related courses, allowing you to explore other areas of interest.
The statistics minor is for students in other departments who wish to complement their degree by exploring coursework in statistics.
Statistical Data Science
Students can apply for admission to the statistical data science major starting fall 2023. The major is designed to give students a strong foundational core in programming, advanced data analysis, data visualization, and data ethics. You'll take 36 major credits that include core courses, an introduction to data science course, a domain sequence of your choice, and a capstone course.
The mathematics-statistics major is offered jointly with the Department of Mathematics, and is ideal for students who are equally passionate about statistics and mathematics. You’ll take both mathematics and statistics courses, adding up to a total of 40 required major credits. In addition to taking calculus and mathematical statistics courses, you'll explore other topics in mathematics like differential equations and linear algebra.
Undergraduate International Non-Degree Program in Statistics
The Department also offers an international non-degree program in statistics, in partnership with the UConn Global Training and Development Institute. This program allows undergraduates from participating universities to apply to UConn as a non-degree student during their junior or senior year. Students may transfer the course credit they earn at UConn back to their home institutions, where they will earn their degree. Learn more about programs for international visiting students.
Customize Your Education
Majors and minors have the opportunity to pair their degrees with other fields of study based on their interests and career goals.
Statistics students can enhance their education by getting involved in research, internships, study abroad, and other leadership positions.
Resources for Undergraduate Students
The Department of Statistics has a team of staff and faculty advisors to help students navigate their degree options, plan for graduation, and explore careers. Learn more about academic advising in the Department of Statistics.
Students can apply for scholarships that consider merit and financial need through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Jobs and Careers
UConn statistics alumni work in virtually every field imaginable. Many of our students continue their education at some of the top graduate programs in the U.S. Learn more about careers for statistics majors.