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Statistics: What to Expect

Students pursuing the Statistics major at the University of South Carolina are exposed to challenging courses, nationally recognized faculty, and internship and research opportunities. As a Statistics major, you will develop the ability to perform fundamental statistical analyses, prepare informative graphics for public presentation, and use statistical programming languages. There are three options under the Bachelor of Science with a major in Statistics degree program. You can pursue the general major, the major with emphasis in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, and the intensive major. The major with emphasis in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics is designed for students planning a career as an actuary, while the intensive major is designed for students planning on graduate study in Statistics. The Department’s 15 faculty members are well-known for teaching and research excellence. As a Statistics major, you can also benefit from the USC Center of Reliability and Quality Sciences, where faculty and students conduct research projects on and off campus. You can also seek out internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a major in Statistics:

  • Calculus I and II
  • Vector Calculus
  • Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Algorithmic Design I
  • Technical Writing

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Two student organizations, The Statistics Club and the South Carolina Beta Chapter of Mu Sigma Rho, the national honor society, provide social and professional interaction among students, faculty, and visiting statistics professionals. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Students often go on to pursue Masters and Doctorate degrees in Statistics.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding entering freshmen or current students. The Department of Statistics offers a couple of scholarships each year.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Career Opportunities

Statisticians are in great demand and are employed in various settings. Employment opportunities include evaluating the safety and efficacy of new drugs for pharmaceutical companies, conducting the Federal census, and developing credit scoring algorithms for financial services companies. Many graduates are also employed at insurance companies and market research firms.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

About the Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics offers three options under the Bachelor of Science with a major in Statistics degree program: the general major, the major with emphasis in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, and the intensive major. The department also offers a Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Statistics, Master of Industrial Statistics, Master of Science in Statistics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Statistics. The Department of Statistics is located in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Points of Pride

  • Our department is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence in statistical research.
  • We operate the Statistical Laboratory and house the USC Center of Reliability and Quality Sciences, through which faculty and students conduct research projects on and off campus.
  • Faculty members in our department serve as associate editors of several statistical journals and regularly present lectures at regional and national conferences. They have obtained research support from many agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, and the National Science Foundation.

Additional Resources
Department of Statistics Website
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin