CMU's statistics program will help you build problem-solving skills that prepare you for a wide range of careers. Working with faculty supported by National Science Foundation grants, you'll have the chance to apply equations and theories learned in class and present your research results at CMU’s Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. Professional contacts through student organizations such as Kappa Mu Epsilon, Gamma Iota Sigma Nu and the Statistics Club also prepare you well for life beyond CMU.
Points of Pride
- Since 2002, CMU's Department of Mathematics is home to a nationally renowned summer Research Experience for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. The program attracts students from across the United States.
- More than two dozen research publications have resulted from CMU undergraduate projects and have appeared in prestigious journals such as the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics.
- CMU's annual Fleming Lecture Series brings to campus some of the world’s best mathematical minds, including Sir Timothy Gowers, Terence Tao and S.R.S. Varadhan.
- You’ll have access to free tutors at CMU's Mathematics Assistance Centers in Park Library and Troutman Hall.
Put Your Degree to Work
Graduates with a degree in statistics will find a variety of career options in business, industry, government and more. Although statisticians work mostly in offices, they may travel to oversee a survey design, plan implementation or to collect data.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Statistician||$75,560 per year||27% (7,400 more jobs)|
|Auditor||$63,550 per year||13% (166,700 more jobs)|
|Survey researcher||$45,050 per year||18% (3,200 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
Total: 45 semester hours
Note to students with Mathematics major and Statistics minor or
Statistics major and Mathematics minor: these combinations are permitted
only if another major or minor is also obtained.
Note to students with Actuarial Science major and Mathematics major or
Mathematics minor: For this combination, student must take 6 hours of
MTH or STA courses numbered 300 or above which are not counted toward
the Actuarial Science major.
Note to student with Mathematics major and Statistics major with
Mathematics track: on the Mathematics major, at least 9 hours at the
300 level or above must not be counted on the Statistics major. Also,
student must have an outside major or minor.
Note to students with Statistics major with Application track: Student
must have a minor in an area other than Mathematics or another major.
Limits, continuity, interpretations of the derivative, differentiation
of elementary functions, applications of derivatives, antiderivatives,
Riemann sums, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus. This
course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH
106, 107; or MTH 130. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper
integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor
series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors, vector
spaces, eigenvalues, linear transformations, applications and numerical
methods. Prerequisite: MTH 132.
Vectors and surfaces in R3, vector-valued functions, functions of
several variables, partial differentiation and some applications,
multiple integrals, vector calculus. Prerequisites: MTH 133.
Pre/Co-Requisites: MTH 223 or 232.
Elementary Statistical Analysis
An introduction to statistical analysis. Topics will include descriptive
statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference,
and regression. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these
courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning.
Prerequisite: MTH 130 or 132 or 133. (University Program Group II-B:
Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences).
Statistical Programming for Data Management and Analysis
Introduction to statistical programming for managing and analyzing data,
including programming logic, data manipulation, missing data handling,
basic techniques for analyzing data and creating reports. This course
may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: STA 282 or
382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Applied Statistical Methods I
Applications of statistical analysis methods including the usage of
computer software packages. Topics include simple and multiple
regression, diagnostics, forecasting, and analysis of variance. This
course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: STA
282 or 382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Mathematical Statistics I
Probability defined on finite and infinite samples spaces, conditional
probability and independence, random variables, expectations,
moment-generating functions, probability models, limit theorems.
Prerequisite: MTH 233.
Select one of the following options:
Select from the following:
Mathematical Statistics II
Introductory topics from mathematical theory of statistics: population
distributions, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation,
tests of hypotheses. Prerequisite: STA 584.
Applied Statistical Methods II
Multiway ANOVA, multiple comparison procedures, analysis of covariance,
repeated measures analysis, unbalanced data and missing data analysis.
Prerequisites: STA 580 and MTH 223.
Randomized block designs, Latin square designs, factorial designs,
fractional factorial designs, response surface methods, robust designs.
Prerequisite: STA 580.
Theory and applications of nonparametric methods. Topics include one,
two, and several sample problems, rank correlation and regression,
Kolmogorov-Smirnov tests and contingency tables. Prerequisites: STA 282
or 382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Clinical Trials and Survival Analysis
Simple and advanced statistical techniques used in the analysis and
interpretation of clinical research data. Emphasis on statistical
techniques commonly used in chronic disease analysis. Prerequisite: STA
282 or 382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Statistical Theory and Methods for Quality Improvement
Statistical theory and methods for optimizing quality and minimizing
costs: classical and recently developed on-line methods and Taguchi's
off-line quality and robust designs. Prerequisites: STA 580.
Principles of sampling; simple random sampling; stratified random
sampling; systematic sampling; cluster sampling; sample size
determination; ratio and regression estimates; comparisons among the
designs. Prerequisites: STA 282 or 382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Time Series Forecasting
Introduction to basic time series forecasting techniques. Topics include
forecasting, Box-Jenkins models, time series regression, and transfer
function models. Prerequisite: STA 580.
Data Mining Techniques I
Data mining techniques for analyzing large and high dimensional data.
Topics include data mining strategy, exploratory analysis, predictive
modeling techniques, model assessment and comparison. This course may be
offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: STA 580 or
Six Sigma: Foundations and Techniques for Green Belts
Six Sigma problem solving strategy for continuous improvement. Topics
include DMAIC and PDSA strategies and applications, tools and
statistical techniques used in the strategies. Prerequisites: STA 282 or
382 or 392; or graduate standing.
Special Topics In Statistics
Subject matter not included in regular courses. May be taken for credit
more than once, total credit not to exceed 6 hours. Prerequisite:
permission of the instructor.
The in-depth study of a topic in statistics under the direction of a
faculty member. May be taken for credit more than once, total credit
not to exceed six hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.