​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Statistician$75,560 per year27% (7,400 more jobs)
Auditor$63,550 per year13% (166,700 more jobs)
Survey researcher$45,050 per year18% (3,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the Department of Mathematics website​ or contact:

Department of Mathematics
Pearce Hall 214
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (989) 774-3596

Program Overview

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.

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Statistics Major

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.
Required Courses
(33 hours)
MTH 132
Calculus I
MTH 133
Calculus II
MTH 223
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
MTH 233
Calculus III
Elementary Statistical Analysis
STA 575
Statistical Programming for Data Management and Analysis
STA 580
Applied Statistical Methods I
STA 584
Mathematical Statistics I
STA 585
Mathematical Statistics II
STA 590
Applied Statistical Methods II
Other Requirements
(6 hours)
Select one of the following options:
Option A
(6 hours)
(6 hours)
Select from the following:
Option B
(6 hours)
STA 582
Experimental Designs
STA 583
Nonparametric Statistics
STA 586
Clinical Trials and Survival Analysis
STA 587
Statistical Theory and Methods for Quality Improvement
STA 588
Sampling Techniques
STA 589
Time Series Forecasting
STA 591
Data Mining Techniques I
STA 592
Six Sigma: Foundations and Techniques for Green Belts
STA 596
Special Topics In Statistics
STA 597
Independent Study

 Grads on Fire

David Creech, ’12, is an analytics and modeling associate at Urban Science.

Spencer Hall, ’09, is an actuarial analyst at Hagerty Insurance.

Amanda (Munro) Smith, ’08, is a senior billing analyst at The Hanover Insurance Group.

Todd Merz, ’96, is a rating analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan.

 Fired Up and Focused

Shaila Segal

Shaila Segal

Hometown: Pomfret, Connecticut
Major: Mathematics and Statistics​

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