Numerical information bombards today's world, challenging us to separate fact from fiction so that we can make informed decisions, and statisticians enjoy this challenge. They work in business, industry, government, and research, helping frame questions and determine what information is needed to answer them. They design experiments or surveys that generate relevant data, and then they analyze the data and communicate the results.
Statisticians have been instrumental in countless advances. For example, statisticians designed and analyzed the field trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of the polio vaccine; they used historical data to demonstrate racial bias in the use of the death penalty; and they designed and carried out clinical trials that showed drug treatment in HIV-positive pregnant women reduced the rate of infection in their babies.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Course work for students in the statistics BS program includes:
- Computer Science I: Fundamentals
- Calculus I–II–III
- Introduction to Linear Algebra
- Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I–II
- Statistical Methods and Computing
- Applied Linear Regression
- Experimental Design and Analysis
You'll also complete four courses in one of these tracks:
- The Statistics in Business, Industry, Government, and Research Track emphasizes statistical applications and data analysis. It is good preparation for students interested in careers as applied statisticians.
- The Statistical Computing and Data Science Track emphasizes statistical applications but requires additional course work in computer programming. It is good preparation for students with a strong interest in the computational aspects of applied statistics.
- The Mathematical Statistics Track offers a solid foundation in statistical theory and applications and prepares students for graduate study.
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who wish to earn a bachelor's degree must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements.
See Statistics in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the statistics major or minor and graduating with honors.
Five-Year Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree
The joint Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in statistics is for eligible students who seek to complete both the BS and the MS at Iowa. Students in the joint program must complete all requirements for each degree and are granted the BS when they have met the undergraduate requirements. Generally, students apply for admission to the joint program during the spring semester of their third year as undergraduates and enter the program at the beginning of their fourth year, becoming both an undergraduate and graduate student at that time.
See 5-Year Combined BS/MS in Statistics for more information about this program.