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Statistics, Applied

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Statistics is the mathematical and computational study of data and chance. It is a methodological discipline. The curriculum offers courses in fundamental statistics and probability and courses that focus on statistical computation for students who want to work as data scientists and statistical consultants. Statisticians often work closely with people in other fields to design experiments or surveys, analyze the resulting data, and draw conclusions.

Statisticians often work closely with people in other fields to design production of data, analyze data, and draw conclusions from data. The demand for statisticians is not limited to just one field or discipline but has great scope. An expert in statistics can work in fields as diverse as analytics, bioinformatics and medicine, finance and insurance, management and marketing, agriculture and forestry, economics and education, as well as communications and software design.

The applied statistics major prepares students for careers in applied statistics, statistical programming, data analytics and other areas that require a broad knowledge of statistical ideas and techniques.

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Transfer to Statistics, Applied

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Additional Requirements: Completion of at least one semester of college-level calculus equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500 with a grade of C or higher.

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Careers in Statistics, Applied

Most Applied Stat majors become sports statisticians or work as consultants, database managers, cryptologists, or market researchers. Applied Stat majors also are well positioned for careers involving data analytics and machine learning. 

In addition to fundamental statistics and probability and methodology, Applied Stat students learn communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving skills necessary for positions in a number of companies and industries.

The newest trend for statistics majors is to continue on in data analytics, computational statistics and machine learning. In addition, students learn communication skills, teamwork, and problem-solving skills as well as the necessary technical skills for positions in a number of industries.

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