What makes statistics exciting?

Want to know the average number of times per game an NBA player sinks a 3? Ever wonder who would win the DVD sales war among the most popular movies? Do you love surveys and questionnaires? Odds are if you said yes, then statistics is the major for you. Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, and interpretation of data.

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What's cool about studying statistics at BYU?

BYU’s Statistics Department gives students two programs to choose from, a regular bachelor’s degree program, and an integrated program. The Statistics Integrated BS/MS Program allows well-prepared students to complete both programs efficiently and at lower tuition cost. In the integrated program, students have the opportunity to receive both their BS and master’s degree in just five years. You will get a jump start toward a career as you are propelled through your education in a shorter period of time.

All students, whether participating in the integrated program or working toward a regular undergraduate degree, will have access to top-notch facilities and equipment. Not only is our gear great, but our faculty and staff are as well. Professors and TAs will be available every step of the way to help guide you on your quest to become a statistics expert.

The relationships you build here through mentored teaching and unsurpassed undergrad research are valuable resources that will be helpful throughout your life. At BYU, you’ll approach mathematical science in a way that is both spiritually strengthening and intellectually enlarging. You’ll address real scientific questions in the light of the Gospel.

“At its core, statistics is exciting because you get opportunities to do everything. It is a discipline that allows someone who has quantitative skills to play in everyone’s backyard.”

–Dr. Shane Reese

Major and minor options

• Majors

Actuarial Science

Statistics: Applied Statistics & Analytics Emphasis

Statistics: Biostatistics Emphasis

Statistics: Statistical Science Emphasis

• Minors

Actuarial Science


For more information on required classes for these majors and minors, please see the current undergraduate catalog. You can declare one of these majors or minors by visiting the Advisement Center.

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What makes BYU statistics undergrad research unique?

BYU Statistics provides several outstanding advantages to its students. For example, the undergraduate programs are exceptional in their accessibility to students who are just beginning their study of calculus. The required core curriculum for BS Statistics and BS Actuarial Science students meets the American Statistical Association (ASA) curriculum guidelines for Undergraduate programs in Statistical Science. BYU hosts the Annual Summer Institute of Applied Statistics, an event in which many of the top statisticians from around the world present their research. Yet another opportunity offered by the department is the Center for Collaborative Research and Statistical Consulting. The Center offers statistical support to the university community while providing training to graduate students in Statistics.

“I love statistics because it’s an effective way to make decisions.”

–Bradley Ferguson, statistics student

Research areas

Undergraduate students can do research in nine areas. Specific projects within these categories include calculating the uncertainty of aging nukes, contributing to advancements in genetics, and analyzing car crash data.

• Biological Weapon Detection

• Chemometrics

Students extract information from chemical systems. Researches use data driven techniques to address problems in chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and other areas.

• Ecological Statistics

• Environmental Statistics

Students collect and analyze data associated with environmental sciences.  This involves developing statistical models for understanding complex problems related to climate change, air and water quality, atmospheric science, toxicology, and human health.

• Health, Human Performance, & Sports

• Reliability & Industrial Statistics 

• Statistical Genetics/Biostatistics/Neuroimaging

• Statistics in Finance

Students collect and analyze data relating to the money market. This includes collaborating on    mortgage valuation and taxation and the investigation of the role of the sales tax rate has on the amount to tax collected by cities.

Facilities / Equipment

People come from all over to use BYU’s facilities and equipment. Statistics students have access to numerous labs and software including:

• Fulton Supercomputing Lab

Houses 933 servers comprising of 9,880 processor cores supported by over 100 terabytes of high performance storage. Undergrad students can set up their own account.

• General Access Computing Labs

Contains the best in statistical software and are available to help all students interpret data with ease.

• R Software

Provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques, and is highly extensible. The S language is often the vehicle of choice for research in statistical methodology, and R language provides an Open Source route to participation in that activity.

• SAS/STAT Software

Designed for both specialized and enterprise wide analytical need, this software is used in everything from traditional statistical analysis of variance and predictive modeling to exact methods and statistical visualization techniques.

• SPLUS Software

 The most comprehensive library of statistical and mathematical algorithms available is combined with an integrated development environment, streamlining source code control and project management.

• STATA Software

STATA is a complete, integrated statistical package that provides everything for data analysis, data management, and graphics.

• SURCL Computer Lab

Statistics Undergraduate Research Computer Laboratory is equipped with ultra-fast computers to aid students in processing even the largest data sets.

What can I do with an undergraduate degree in statistics?

Statistics can prepare you to go into any quantitative field.  With an undergraduate degree in statistics, many job possibilities are open including:

•   Actuary 

•   Financial Analyst

•   Market Research Analyst

•   Research & Development

•   Survey Researcher

•   Underwriter

How much money could I make?

With an undergraduate degree in statistics you could earn:

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What can I do with an integrated degree?

Students who participate in the integrated statistics program will have the opportunity to receive both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in just five years. With a master’s degree in statistics, BYU students have worked as master statisticians, risk analysts, data managers, and consultants at statistical centers. The more education you get, the more opportunities become available. BYU alumni who have completed the integrated program have worked at:

• Alliant Techsystems (ATK)

• Battelle-Columbus

• The Church of

   Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

• Edison Media Research

• First National Bank of Omaha

• Monsanto Co.

• Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

• Quintiles

• University of Utah School of Medicine

What if I further my education past an undergraduate degree?

Many of our students go on to get advanced degrees and additional experience that broaden their career opportunities. BYU Statistics alumni have found jobs in government, academia, and numerous business including working for:

• Adknowledge

• Indiana University

• Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

• The Modellers 

• The RBL Group  

• University of Pittsburgh

• Utah Valley University

• University of Utah Hospital 

Talk with a professional

“When it comes down to the data, statistics allows you to know what people are thinking.”

–Drew Lanenga, Qualtrics Labs, Inc.

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