MISSION OF THE STATISTICS DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Statistics Department is to provide every student a foundation in data collection, modeling, analysis, and critical evaluation. Additionally, the department provides the foundation students need to pursue graduate study and/or a career in statistics, biostatistics, data science, actuarial science, and other data-analytic fields.
THE DEGREE PROGRAM
A statistics degree provides a foundation into the world of statistics: the study of the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and understanding of data. Grounded in the liberal arts, statistics builds on a base of mathematics and computer science to solve real world problems across disciplinary boundaries.
The major has three concentrations that allow a student to prepare for a variety of future paths.
a. Theoretical Statistics prepares students for graduate work in statistics or for positions in mathematically-intensive areas of statistics.
b. Applied Statistics prepares students for work and further study in statistically-driven professions in Biostatistics, Educational Measurement, and similar areas.
c. Data Science prepares students to make meaning from complex data sets for work in computationally-rich fields.
Graduates in all concentrations should be well-qualified for advanced study in graduate programs or employment in a professional career requiring preparation. All statistics graduates will obtain a background in statistical theory, gain experience with statistical computing and data manipulation, and learn valuable problem-solving, technical writing, and effective communication skills.
Truman’s Statistics degree is consistent with the principles and recommendations contained in the American Statistical Association’s “Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science,” http://www.amstat.org/asa/files/pdfs/EDU-guidelines2014-11-15.pdf.
All Statistics students are encouraged to talk to their advisor about completing a minor in a related area. Statistics uses tools from the mathematical sciences to examine and address problems in disciplines across campus. Students should also consider an internship, consulting, or other statistics field experience, where they can apply their statistical know-how to real world situations.
Students may obtain credit and research experience by participating in a recognized national undergraduate research programs in statistics such as an REU site or in one of several research programs sponsored by Truman.
There are also opportunities to work with faculty and other students as tutors or graders for lower-level statistics courses.
DEPARTMENTAL HONORS IN STATISTICS
Honors in Statistics may be earned by:
- Maintaining an overall grade point average of 3.5,
- Maintaining a major grade point average of 3.5,
- Scoring at or above the 80th percentile on the senior exam,
- Demonstrating excellence in scholarship by producing a scholarly paper or project, or by passing two actuary exams; and
- Receiving the concurrence of the statistics faculty.