The Statistics and Data Theory majors are designated capstone majors. The Statistics major prepares students for future academic studies as well as for careers in which understanding, analyzing, communication, and organizing data are of central importance. The capstone gives students an opportunity to put into practice concepts and ideas that otherwise might remain theoretical and/or abstract and to synthesize the many topics they have studied. Students should demonstrate ability to restate investigative questions in terms of statistical models or algorithms, find appropriate research literature to support their work, relate theoretical concepts to real-world problems, and clearly communicate their results to nontechnical audiences.
Students interested in either the major or minor in Statistics should meet with the student affairs officer early in their careers. Students who have completed Mathematics 33A, Statistics 20, and at least one course from Statistics 10 through 13 may declare a premajor.