Statisticians seek to survey representative samples of individuals in order to make inferences about entire populations. Whether estimating the extent of a pest infestation in an agricultural crop or predicting the outcome of a presidential election, statisticians use scientific methods to make useful generalizations. As a statistics major at UC Davis, you will learn some of the most exciting and relevant uses of statistics today; you'll have the chance to apply your knowledge to fields such as the biological and agricultural sciences, and you may choose to combine your coursework in statistics with study in computer science.
Statistics graduates from UC Davis find that their knowledge is applicable to a wide array of fields, including biological sciences, business and engineering. Graduates have found careers in data and policy analysis in government, financial management, quality control, insurance and health care industry, actuarial work, engineering, public health, biological research, and education. Others have entered graduate study in statistics and in economics, medicine, and other professional schools.
You will begin with preparatory work in statistics, calculus, linear algebra, computer science and later focus your studies. Statistics majors may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Both the A.B. and the B.S. programs require theoretical and applied course work and all options provide students with in-depth exposure to quantitative reasoning, statistical methodologies and their applications. The B.S. degree program has four tracks: Applied Statistics Track, Computational Statistics Track, General Track, and the Statistical Data Science Track. The A.B. degree program has one track.
A.B. in Statistics-Applied Statistics Track emphasizes statistical applications. This track is recommended for students who are interested in applications of statistical techniques to various disciplines, especially the social sciences.
B.S. in Statistics-Applied Statistics Track emphasizes statistical applications. This track is recommended for students who are interested in applications of statistical techniques to various disciplines including the biological, physical and social sciences.
B.S. in Statistic-Computational Statistics Track emphasizes computing. This track is recommended for students interested in the computational and data management aspects of statistical analysis.
B.S. in Statistics-General Track emphasizes statistical theory and is especially recommended as preparation for graduate study in statistics.
B.S. in Statistic-Statistical Data Science Track emphasizes data handling skills and statistical computation. This track is recommended for students interested in statistical learning methodology, advanced data handling techniques and computational aspects of statistical analysis.
Beginning Fall 2020 there will also be a fifth B.S. Track option in Machine Learning!