Statistics is the science of understanding and managing uncertainty and is ultimately concerned with using theory and methods to extract information from data to solve real word problems. This program provides you with a solid grounding in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of statistical science.
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- 4 yrs Length
- Yes Co-op Option
- Yes Honours Option
The field of statistics deals with numerical information – data. Statisticians use mathematical and computational tools to make sense of data, and statistical models and methods are essential in all types of scientific research.
The demand for statisticians is currently high and expected to increase, with jobs in governmental agencies and the private sector, e.g. product development, pharmaceutical research, transportation, insurance, and marketing. A mathematics degree, especially with a statistics concentration, is good preparation for graduate studies in statistics.
Students also specialize in an area of application through upper-level electives. A graduate of this program is prepared for further study in statistical science, or to enter into a career in Statistics Canada, health sciences, business, government, industry, or an actuarial/financial institution. Each student must consult with the program advisor in his or her first or second year for advice in planning third- and fourth-year courses.
In your senior-level coursework, you have the option of completing directed studies, where you will investigate a specific topic, culminating in a final project and oral presentation. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.