College of Arts and Sciences

450 Mathematical Sciences Building, 419-372-2636

Statistics is the science of the collection, organization, and interpretation of data. Statistics is essential for the proper running of government, central to decision making in industry, and a core component of modern educational curricula at all levels. Statistical ideas and methods are useful in many ways, such as the use of a Gallup Poll to learn about the opinions of the American public about a particular issue, and the use of a designed experiment to link smoking with cancer. The use of numerical data and the analysis through statistical means are common in the areas of psychology, sociology, and economics; in fact, much of public policy is directed by statistical inferences. This major provides a core curriculum in mathematics, an overview of the basic concepts of probability and statistical inference, and the introduction to the application of statistical methods to business and industry.

Major, Bachelor of Arts (34 - 36 hours; 2.0 GPA in major required) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

Major, Bachelor of Science (34 - 36 hours; 2.0 GPA in major required) - minor required - Spring 2019 course requirements

Minor (20 - 21 hours)

  • MATH 1310 (5) or MATH 1340 (3) & 1350 (3)
  • MATH 2470 (3) or MATH 3410 (3) or MATH 4410 (3)
  • MATH 3420 (3)
  • Three electives from among: MATH 4420, 4450, 4470; STAT 4020, 4060, 4080, 4120, 4140, 4160 (9)

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Statistics are expected to be able to:

  • Understand what mathematics and statistics are, how they are done, and how they relate to other disciplines;
  • Use the language of mathematics and statistics to communicate basic ideas, techniques, and results;
  • Objectively and critically evaluate information and assess performance using mathematical ideas;
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the beauty, utility, and impact of mathematics and statistics;
  • Apply mathematical problem-solving techniques in novel situations;
  • Use appropriate technology to attack a wide variety of mathematical tasks successfully.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Statistics program will undergo Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Statistics program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Statistics program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.