JMU Major: Statistics
The statistics major is designed for students who have an interest in the mathematics of statistics or plan to go to graduate school in statistics. Students choose one of two tracks: applied statistics and mathematical statistics. This major emphasizes probability and the theory of statistics and provides opportunities for additional study in applied and theoretical statistics as well as mathematics. You are encouraged to take elective courses offered by the department that will prepare you for graduate studies.
If you are interested in the applications of statistics and you are planning to seek employment upon graduation as a practicing statistician, you are advised to choose the applied statistics track. Emphasis in this track is on the applications of statistics to various fields of study. You will take courses on the design and analysis of experiments, regression analysis and sample surveys, as well as other courses in applied and theoretical statistics, probability and mathematics. Students who choose the applied statistics track are encouraged to take as many elective courses as possible in applied fields of their choice.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the statistics major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Roop Hall, room 308.
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.