Why Study Applied Statistics?
Applied Statistician is the coolest job you’ve never heard of. Don’t take our word for it; see for yourself all the great things you can do with a career in statistics.
- Have Fun: Careers in statistics are fun. You could be a “Moneyball”-style statistician (PDF) who helps professional sports teams pick the next season’s new players, or a member of the data science team of a U.S. presidential campaign. The field is filled with interesting opportunities and dynamic people.
- Change the World: Statisticians contribute to society in many ways, from protecting endangered species and managing the impacts of climate change (PDF) to making medicines more effective (PDF) and reducing hunger and disease (PDF). The ways in which statisticians make the world a better place are vast.
- Satisfy Curiosity: Statistics is a science. It involves asking questions about the world and finding answers to them in a scientific way. If you are curious about how things work, statistics is a career that will keep your curiosity piqued and your brain engaged. Want to find out more about how statistics shapes the world around us? Check out Miami University’s Stats + Stories Podcast.
- Make Money: Demand for statisticians is growing, and so are their salaries. The median salary for data scientists with less than three years of experience is $90,000, and $165,000 for those with nine or more years of experience, according to the Burtch Works 2018 report (PDF).*
* Courtesy of the American Statistical Association
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
PNW fills the need for an undergraduate statistics degree program in the northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area: none of the comparable colleges of PNW size have an undergraduate statistics program. About 5% of all available statisticians (1,500 of 30,000) in the U.S.A. in 2014 were hired by direct health and medical insurance carriers, an important industry in northwest Indiana. More than this, PNW offers an environment that will contribute to your success in applied statistics: small class sizes taught by expert, dedicated faculty and opportunities for research and hands-on learning.
Dr. Grethe Hystad is an Assistant Professor of Statistics. Her research focuses on solving statistical problems of deep time events in the new and emerging fields of mineral evolution and mineral ecology. Her research effort is an ongoing collaboration with mineralogists, Earth scientists, and data scientists from several academic institutions.
Dr. Hystad and her research group have produced many publications in top-ranked journals and have received several press releases and featured commentaries in magazines, including Earth (18 May, 2018), Quanta Magazine (11 August, 2015), and Science (28 August, 2015, p. 908).
Dr. Hystad thoroughly enjoys working with students on research and has mentored several undergraduate students on various projects sponsored by research grants. She strives to have students as co-authors on papers and published abstracts. In Fall 2018, one student presented the research in a talk at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.
Students completing this degree will be qualified to continue with graduate studies or begin a career immediately in a number of fields including: Analytical Statistician, Applied Statistician, Biometrician, Biostatistician, Environmental Statistician, Mathematical Statistician, Research Biostatistician, Statistical Analyst, Statistical Reporting Analyst, Statistician, and Time Study Statistician.
Direct admission to the Bachelor of Science in the Applied Statistics program requires at least an SAT score of a 950 with 500 on SATM and a grade of C in pre-calculus or trigonometry. Interested students who are not directly admissible to Applied Statistics may be admitted to a Pathways program in the College of Engineering and Science through which they can prepare for admission to Applied Statistics.
- Clark Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship in memory of a former Professor of Mathematics
- Thompson Endowed Scholarship is an endowed scholarship funded by a alumnus with degrees in mathematics. This scholarship supports upper level students who intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics upon graduation.
- The Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Scholarship is funded by an anonymous donor.
- Advancing Women in STEM Scholarship
Other scholarships awarded by Purdue Northwest: More Scholarship Opportunities
Applied Statistics majors have the opportunity to participate in internships and undergraduate research projects which they can use to strengthen their job competitiveness. Participating in other high impact activities such as serving as a Supplemental Instructor or tutor or in student government can be personally fulfilling as well as enhancing your resume.
- STAT 34500 Statistics
- STAT 34600 Probability and Statistics II
- STAT 40001 Statistical Computing
- STAT 43000 Applied Statistics
- STAT 43100 Design of Experiments
- STAT 46600 Time Series
- STAT 46700 Topics in Data Science
- STAT 46800 Applied Multivariate Analysis