By Sascha Raiyn
News Editor

The College of Arts, Sciences and Letters will launch a new undergraduate degree in applied statistics this fall.
The degree will expand upon a minor offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Department chair Jennifer Zhao said the program responds to an increased demand for statistics training by both students and employers.

“Our research shows the job market for statisticians will grow another 40 percent through 2020,” Zhao said. “Particularly in market research and ‘big data’ analysis, and in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.”
CASL Associate Dean Michael Lachance said applied statistics is a smart choice, because the skills are needed in every industry.

“If you have that statistics base, you can help any other discipline,” Lachance said. “You can help almost any other enterprise where people want to keep track of stuff…Applied statistics programs give students the practical tools and skills they need to be successful in the workforce.”
The applied statistics major requires 24 credit hours of content at the 300- and 400-level.