Statistical Science

What is Statistical Science?
Statistics is basic to quantitative research in the biological, physical, and social sciences, and is the most interdisciplinary of all subjects. Statistics is based on mathematics and also uses methods from computer science to solve practical problems that arise in almost all areas of our society including business, insurance, industrial manufacturing, research and development, social and behavioral studies, marketing, agriculture, law, public policy, and medicine.

At UCSB, the Department of Statistics and Applied Probability offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science.  The Bachelor of Arts in Statistical Science is a basic degree intended for students interested in general training in statistics and the use of statistical methods in the social and decision sciences. It is suitable as a terminal baccalaureate degree, or as preparation for advanced training in business administration, management science, or operations research.

The Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science is a specialized statistics degree intended for students interested in the use of statistical theory and methods in the biological, physical, and technological sciences. It is suitable as a terminal baccalaureate degree, or as preparation for advanced training in applied statistics, biostatistics, or probability and statistics.  This degree offers two areas of concentration: Applied Statistics and Probability and Statistics.

General Major Information

How Can I Tell If I Would Like Statistical Science?
Students majoring in statistics typically have strong abilities in the fields of math and science and may enjoy work that has low physical activity. Additionally, students who enjoy math theory and interpretation of numerical data should enjoy this field.

What Are Potential Topics Within This Major?
Although the following list can provide students with topics that may be covered in this major, look at the UCSB catalog and consult with the undergraduate advisor for more detailed information about requirements and course offerings.

  • Nonparametric Methods
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Data Mining
  • Mathematical Finance
  • Actuarial Statistics
  • Risk Theory
  • Time Series

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What Can I Do To Make My Major More Marketable?

  • Pursue relevant work, internship, volunteer, and/or research experience.
  • Choose a complementary minor.
  • Specialize in an area; take courses in related fields.
  • Develop your computer skills.
  • Learn a foreign language.
  • Study abroad.
  • Join professional associations.
  • Get involved in student clubs.
  • Participate in community organizations.
  • Seek out leadership positions.
  • Research specific prerequisites for different positions.
  • Network with others in fields that interest you.

General Career Information

What Are Some Possible Career Options?
Note: On its own, your major does not dictate what your job will be.  The following list provides only a handful of possibilities.  Statistical Science majors with strong liberal arts background may pursue career options in many fields.  Depending on experience, specialized coursework, and possible graduate study options include:

  • Computer Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Demographer
  • Simulation Modeler
  • Statistician
  • Teacher of Statistics
  • Biostatistician
  • Econometrician
  • Financial Analyst
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Research Analyst

To learn more about these and other occupations, please visit:
O*Net Online
Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Additional Resources
What Can You Do With a Major in Financial Mathematics & Statistics?
Learn about career options with a financial mathematics and statistics major.

What Can I Do With a Major in Finance?
A great site from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
This site describes what the major is like, typical courses, information on related careers.

Guide to College Majors in Finance
Learn about the various careers that finance majors typically pursue.

Finance Occupations
Occupations, such as personal financial advisor, financial examiner, financial manager, and financial analyst relate to concepts used in the financial mathematics and statistics major.

What Can I Do with a Statistics Major?
Learn about the different fields statisticians can work in and strategies to work in these fields.

Careers in Statistics
Provides industries where statisticians typically work.

Stats Life
Read about types of jobs for statisticians and job profiles of professionals in those fields.

American Statistics Association Career Information
Careers in Statistics by American Statistical Association: job characteristics, fields of employment, job titles, employment outlook, profiles of famous statisticians. By all means, begin here. This is one of the most thoughtful professional association sites.
This site describes what the major is like, typical courses, information on related careers.

Career InfoNet
This link should lead you to a description of statistics careers including the demand for this career in California.


Graduate and Professional Schools

Learn about the different options of pursuing a graduate degree in risk management.
Search through schools with graduate programs in financial engineering.

Graduate Programs in Statistics
Comprehensive up to date list compiled originally by UC Davis

List of Statistics Graduate Schools
The American Statistical Association provides links about graduate school in statistics

Princeton Review
Provides a list of schools with statistics graduate programs
This is a comprehensive website that provides information about where graduate programs are offered throughout the nation.

This is a database to help find where graduate programs are offered throughout the U.S.

Come to the Career Resource Room to view the CHOICES lab version of graduate schools.

Experience Search Strategies

Get Experience
Build your qualifications by exploring various opportunities to get experience in your field of interest.

Job Listings
Math Jobs
Locate positions in Finance for recent graduates.

Statistics and Mathematics Job Search
Search for jobs related to statistics and mathematics throughout the U.S.

Robert Half Finance & Accounting
Look for financial jobs that require a background in mathematics and statistics.

Financial Careers
Search for jobs in the finance industry.

Financial Jobs
Provides finance job listings for the United States.

Statistics Jobs
The place for statisticians, biostatisticians, analysts, SAS® programmers, data miners, operations research ... anyone who crunches and analyzes complex data.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Employment Opportunities

Your connection for data and analytics jobs

Stats Jobs
Search for statistics jobs in the United States

American Statistical Association
Job Web

UCSB Career Services “Job Search” section
Check out job links in the following categories: Local/CA, National, Industry Specific, and UCSB Careers By Majors.

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Professional Associations

Society of Financial Services Professionals
The Society of Financial Service Professionals helps individuals, families, and businesses achieve financial security. Student fees are $40.25.
The IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability. Student membership is FREE!
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society that represents finance executives globally.
The IAQF is the not-for-profit, professional society dedicated to fostering the profession of quantitative finance. Student membership is $25.

American Statistical Association
The American Statistical Association is the world’s largest community of statisticians. The ASA supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy.

International Statistical Institute
ISI: The worldwide network of statisticians in all statistical disciplines.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics
The IMS is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability. The Institute currently has about 4,500 members in all parts of the world.

Caucus for Women in Statistics
The mission of The Caucus for Women in Statistics is to foster opportunities for the education, employment and advancement of women in statistics, to increase the recruitment of women into the statistics profession, and to provide a venue for mentorship and networking among professionals of statistics, particularly among women.

UCSB Resources

Statistics Department Web Page

UCSB Library Statistics Subject Homepage

UCSB Campus Organizations

Check out:
  • The Finance Connection
  • Alpha Kappa Psi (Business Honors Fraternity)
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Latino Business Association (LBA)

UCSB General Catalog

UCSB Minors
- Mathematics for High School Teaching
- Mathematics
-Spatial Studies
-Statistical Science

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