What is Statistics?
Statistics may be defined as "a body of methods for making wise decisions in the face of uncertainty." ~W.A. Wallis
Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing and interpreting data, especially in the analysis of population characteristics from sample observations. Statistics are widely used in the natural and social sciences to answer questions and make decisions.
Why Study Statistics at Fisher?
As a Statistics student at St. John Fisher College, you will:
- Apply mathematical and statistical methods to solve problems and make decisions
- Acquire communication skills to allow you to effectively convey the results of statistical analysis to organization laypeople
- Gain hands-on experience with statistical software applications that are used in business and industry
The Statistics major at St. John Fisher College includes courses on mathematical statistics, probability, and statistical methods used in the social and behavioral sciences and professions.
Career Preparation in Statistics
A major in Statistics will prepare you for good jobs involving research, data analysis, and consulting. These skills are in demand in many professional areas, from education to healthcare to non-profit or governmental organizations. Learn more about careers and graduate study in Statistics.
To help prepare you for the transition from college to career, you will complete a field experience in your 3rd or 4th year. You'll be assigned real research and data analysis responsibilities in a local organization, working alongside professionals who use quantitative methods in their work. Learn more about field experiences in Statistics.