Statistics is the science that studies data -- its collection, analysis and interpretation. Almost all modern professions, from economists to engineers and from social scientists to medical scientists, rely on statistics. Statistical methods are used for studying relationships, predicting results, testing hypotheses, and a variety of other purposes.

The program is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of probability and mathematical statistics, a complementary knowledge of basic methods for data collection and inference, and practical computing skills to carry out statistical analyses of problems in many different areas of application.

Although there are hundreds of undergraduate statistics majors around the country, SDSU's major is the only undergraduate major in statistics in the greater San Diego area.

Program Overview

There are three options for undergraduate degrees available to students. In addition to a Bachelor of Science in statistics, students may obtain a Bachelor of Science with emphasis in actuarial science or emphasis in statistical computing. Masters of Science degrees are offered in statistics and statistics with a concentration in biostatistics. A statistics minor is also available.

Students who choose this diverse area of study will be required to take preparatory courses to develop their mathematical ability. Proficiency in intermediate algebra is needed for introductory courses in applied statistics, and calculus is also recommended. Calculus is needed for introductory course work in mathematical statistics and for higher-level classes in applied statistics. Linear algebra, advanced calculus, and differential equations are useful for advanced courses in mathematical statistics. At the upper-division level, students complete course work in statistical methods and mathematical statistics, as well as various other upper-division mathematics and science courses.

Special Features

  • SDSU Statistical Consulting Center provides advice, data management, and statistical analyses to the university community and to the private sector. The Center is staffed by a director who is a Ph.D. level faculty member and by graduate students in the statistics and biostatistics programs at SDSU. Assisted by its own coordinator, the faculty cooperates with statisticians in several disciplines within the university.
  • SDSU/CGU joint doctoral program in Computational Statistics: admitted first incoming class for 2007-2008, a joint coordination between the division of statistics and the Computational Science Research Center.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students work on special projects with the faculty each semester.
  • Graduate programs in Statistics and Biostatistics.
  • An initiative in actuarial science provides information and preparation for careers as actuaries in insurance, financial risk management, and related industries.
  • Undergraduate programs in statistics, actuarial science, and statistical computing.
  • The Mathematics Club has been developed by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and is open to all statistics students.

Career Opportunities

There is a significant demand for statisticians at various levels of the private and public sectors. Employment by the private sector includes such diverse fields as biotechnology, environmental science, insurance, quality control and assurance, product research and development, marketing, opinion polling, and finance.

The federal government employs statistics graduates in such agencies as the National Institutes of Health, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services and the San Diego chapter of the American Statistical Association for more career information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Statistics program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.