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.
Field Experience in Statistics
As a Statistics major, you'll complete a field experience in which you apply statistical principles and methods in real organizational contexts. 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.
Field experience (STAT490) is usually taken in the 3rd and 4th year. You must accumulate 3 credit hours of STAT 490 for the major but may apply an additional 3 credits of STAT 490 (as elective credit) toward the major.