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Department of Statistics

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Undergraduate

If you're looking for a rewarding career with many real-world applications, a good salary and room for growth, a degree in statistics might be right for you. 

Major and Minor

Our department offers a major and a minor in statistics. There are two options for students majoring in statistics: the general major and the major with emphasis in actuarial mathematics and statistics.  The latter is designed for students planning a career as an actuary. The minor requires students to take 18 hours of 500-level statistics courses.

 

Research

Statistical research can be applied to a wide range of problems, from public health issues, to marketing to business. As an undergraduate, you'll have the opportunity to conduct research with our engaged faculty or on your own. 

 

Departmental Awards

Each year, we present four awards to outstanding statistics students. Our Undergraduate Advisory Committee selects the winners with input from faculty members. 

  • Mu Sigma Rho Award: Mu Sigma Rho is the national honor society in statistics. This annual award recognizes a statistics major chosen by the faculty for outstanding academic achievement.

  • Stephen D. Durham Award: The Stephen D. Durham Award annually recognizes outstanding academic performance by a senior statistics major. This award is named for Professor Durham, who retired in 1995 after 22 years as a USC statistics faculty member. He was director of undergraduate studies in statistics from 1981 until 1993.

  • Department of Statistics Excellence in Academics Award: The Department of Statistics Excellence in Academics Award recognizes a sophomore or junior statistics major for outstanding performance in the classroom as selected by the faculty.

  • John D. Spurrier Scholarship: The John D. Spurrier Scholarship recognizes a freshman statistics major for outstanding academic performance, as selected by the faculty. This award is named for Professor Spurrier, who retired in 2008 after 34 years as a USC statistics faculty member. He won many teaching awards and was director of undergraduate studies in statistics from 2002 until 2006.

 

After Graduation

Our students go on to rewarding careers in a number of fields, including statisticians and actuaries. Our faculty will be here to help guide your career path, give you interview advice and even write recommendation letters for you. 


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