The Statistics Major at Fisher
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. A branch of mathematics is concerned with the theoretical side of statistics. Statistics are also widely used in the natural and social sciences to answer questions and make decisions.
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.
Why Study Statistics at Fisher?
The Statistics major at Fisher prepares students 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.
Statistics students at St. John Fisher College learn how to apply mathematical and statistical methods to solve problems and make decisions. Second, they acquire communication skills that allow them to effectively convey the results of statistical analysis to organization laypeople. Third, they learn statistical software applications that are used in business and industry.
To help prepare students for the transition from college to career, all Statistics majors do a field experience in their 3rd or 4th year. Students on field experience are assigned real research and data analytic responsibilities in a local organization, working alongside professional who use quantitative methods in their work. Field experiences enrich your classroom education, expose you to new quantitative and research skills, and give you connections and credentials for starting a professional career.
The B.A. in Statistics program requires that students also select a minor area of study. Minor concentrations in Economics, Psychology, Biology, Management, or another area can help students shape the Statistics major consistent with their career and/or graduate school interests.