Statistics

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This program emphasizes the role of statistics within the general framework of problem solving, and helps you develop an understanding of the concepts of observation, hypothesis, evidence, and validation. You'll learn more about critical statistical reasoning, with emphasis on the development of computational, mathematical, and communication skills, both oral and written.

This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
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Why this program?

  • Tailor the specialization to your interests with electives in computer science, economics, life sciences, commerce, or the social sciences.
  • Study at one of Canada’s top-ranked universities in the mathematical sciences.
  • Develop critical statistical reasoning, computational, mathematical, and communication skills.
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Statistics is a science that deals with collecting, organizing, and analyzing data, and the theory for statistical methods involves mathematics and probability. Statisticians extract information from data. Due to the ubiquity of computers and ability to collect massive amounts of data, statistics is a significant and ever-growing field of study.

Statistics students select a nine-credit “thematic concentration” in areas such as computer science, economics, life sciences, commerce, or the social sciences to ensure that they can apply statistical methods in another discipline. The concentrations allow you to customize the major or honours programs to reflect your interests, but to a lesser extent than combined major or honours programs.

The BSc Statistics is available as a major, honours, or through the combined honours program. The honours programs are suggested for students interested in pursuing graduate work in the mathematical sciences or another field.

 

Campus features

The Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory provide statistical advice to the University’s faculty and graduate students and serves as a statistical research support unit for students in the Department. The statistical sciences interact with virtually every discipline in science, social science, and engineering. Research at UBC’s Department of Statistics reflects the breadth of the field. Examples include biostatistics (statistics relevant medical and health sciences) bioinformatics (genetic data and modelling in medical studies), environmental statistics (geographical, climate modelling), and statistical learning (machine learning and artificial intelligence).

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

Built in 2012 to LEED Gold construction standards, the Earth Sciences Building is home to the Department of Statistics. It houses the department’s computer lab facilities, seminar rooms, lecture halls, and the Statistics Learning Centre.

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Your future

The BSc in Statistics emphasizes the role of statistics within the general framework of problem solving. The program helps you develop critical statistical reasoning, with emphasis on the development of computational, mathematical, and communication skills. These are highly sought after skills and are transferable to many workplaces.

Statisticians work in almost all areas of science, engineering, business, government, and industry.

Program graduates

  • PhD Student in Economics, Stanford University
  • Institutional portfolio risk analyst, RBC Global Asset Management
  • Statistical analyst, BC Cancer Agency
  • Research assistant, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
  • Data scientist, Environment Canada

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level)
  • One year of Chemistry immediately prior to IB Diploma
  • One year of Physics immediately prior to IB Diploma (may be waived with scores of 5 or higher in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)
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