The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter business, industry, or government as statisticians; to become professional actuaries; or to continue on to graduate school in statistics/ biostatistics or another field where quantitative ability is valuable (operations research, medicine, public health, demography, psychology, etc.). Students can choose to undertake special projects to gain experience in data analysis, design, and statistical computing. Also, experience may be gained with local industry and other organizations for those interested in quality control, industrial statistics, survey and market research or forecasting, for example.
Statistics is a mathematical science extensively used in a wide variety of fields. Indeed, every discipline which gathers and interprets data uses statistical concepts and procedures to understand the information implicit in their data. Statisticians become involved in efforts to solve real world problems by designing surveys and experimental plans, constructing and interpreting descriptive statistics, developing and applying statistical inference procedures, and developing and investigating stochastic models or computer simulations. To investigate new statistical procedures requires a knowledge of mathematics and computing as well as statistical theory. To apply concepts and procedures effectively also calls for an understanding of the field of application.