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The Department of Statistics was created on July 1, 1997 out of the reorganized Department of Statistics and Computer Science. The department has practical degree programs, uses innovative teaching methods and technologies, engages in cutting-edge research, and provides wide-ranging consulting services.

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What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science of modeling data arising in many fields, including those in the social, biological, health, physical, and engineering sciences. Since variability is inherent in data, probability is an integral part of these models. Statistics and probability build on mathematics and the information contained in data to create knowledge using established processes, such as the scientific method. Statistics is also fundamental to making informed decisions in the face of uncertainty.

Why Statistics?

Statistics provides exciting opportunities for those working as professional statisticians. The demand for statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, financial institutions, all branches of government, research institutes, and academia is strong and, as knowledge workers, statisticians cannot easily be outsourced. Although making discoveries and extending knowledge about the natural, social, and business realms has its own rewards, it is also helpful to be a well-paid professional.

Statistics ... "the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art; the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education, all organization based upon experience, for it only gives the results of our experience." Florence Nightingale