BA in Statistical Practice
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Statistics provides navigation essential for controlling the course of scientific and societal advances. It is the science of learning from data, measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty.
Compared to the BS degree, the BA program has fewer required mathematics courses and more applied statistics courses, or courses in a supporting quantitative area. The BA in statistical practice is an excellent choice for those students who are most interested in joining the workforce after completing their degree, or for those who would like to learn about statistics, but don’t enjoy the higher level math required in the BS degree. The BA is comprised of a series of required STAT courses, Calculus I and II, an intro CSCI course, and electives.
The BA in statistical practice is intended for students who want to use their education as certification for work requiring statistical skills or as a basis for further education in another area like medicine, psychology, law, or others. Students who complete this program using statistics electives will have applied statistics training equivalent to most master's programs in statistics.
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CLA offers two Statistics majors:
- The Statistical Practice BA major
- The Statistical Science BS major
Preparation for both majors start with the same statistics, math, and computer science foundation courses:
- Statistics - STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis, or STAT 3021 - Introduction to Probability & Statistics. Both courses prepare students for the next course in the STAT sequence.
- Math - MATH 1271 - Calculus I. The BA Statistical Practice major also requires Math 1272 - Calculus II, while the BS Statistical Science major requires MATH 1272, MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus, and one to two courses in linear algebra.
- Computer Science - CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers, or CSCI 2021 - Machine Architecture and Organization.
You should plan to start taking these courses or the appropriate prerequisites for these courses early in your academic career.
A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.
See the catalog for all courses in the major.
Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses. In Transferology, a direct equivalent shows as the UMTC course number. For example, COMM 1101 is a direct equivalent, while COMM 1T*** is not.
In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation.
To declare either the BA Statistical Practices major or the BS Statistics Sciences major, students must meet with a Statistics departmental advisor in a scheduled declaration appointment.
Completion of either STAT 3011 or STAT 3021, or an equivalent transfer course, with a posted grade of C- or better is required to declare the major.
We recommend that students meet with a Statistics departmental advisor during their first semester in CLA to discuss their interests and the declaration process. This meeting allows the departmental advisor to review critical course sequencing in the major and help you plan your statistics major coursework effectively and efficiently.
Lower division coursework – The only lower division (1xxx-2xxx) courses in either the BA Statistical Practice major or BS Statistical Science major are math and computer science foundation courses. All of the STAT courses in the major are 3xxx-level or higher.
Major residency requirement – At least 17 upper division credits (3xxx-5xxx) in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
Coursework in the majors beyond introductory courses are often not available at other institutions given the specialized nature of our coursework and sequencing. This means that the majority of STAT courses will be taken once admitted to UMTC. It typically takes four semesters at UMTC to complete the BA Statistical Practices major and four to six semesters at UMTC to complete the BS Statistics Sciences major.
Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major. If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required.
In considering a CLA Statistics major, students have the opportunity to choose between the BA Statistical Practice and the BS Statistical Science majors. In addition to the differences in degree requirements, each major has specific math and statistics requirements, and offers a particular focus in the study of statistics. It is important that you consider your interests, math background and skills, and future plans when deciding which major to pursue:
- The BA Statistical Practice major is an excellent choice for those students who are most interested in seeking employment and joining the workforce after completing their degree, or for those who would like to learn about statistics, but don’t enjoy the higher level math required in the BS major.
- The BS Statistical Science major is intended for students who are interested in careers as statisticians or who would like to go on to graduate education in statistics or a related area. It shares a core sequence of applied statistics courses with the BA major, but requires more mathematics.
In addition to the differences between the majors, keep in mind that the BA degree does include the CLA Second Language requirement, while the BS degree does not. If you are planning a BA with a Statistical Practice major, consider completing or starting your second language before you transfer to CLA. Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.
Many of the elective options within the Statistics majors overlap with course requirements for Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics, making these programs popular choices for double majors or minors. Additionally, many students majoring in Statistics take courses or minor in Psychology, Political Science, Communication Studies, Geography, and CEHD’s Family Social Science. These are only a few of the many interesting majors and minors on campus so make sure to explore your options.
All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and statistics majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong quantitative reasoning abilities, analytical and logical reasoning, statistical analysis abilities, and information management skills.
Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.
Internship & Job Search Websites
- National Institute of Statistical Sciences
- International Statistical Institute
- American Statistical Association
- Society of Actuaries
Alumni Career Examples
Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.
Click to expand each accordion panel below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major!
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
- Market Analyst Intern - Official Corporation E-commerce company
- Financial Aid Auditor - TADS
- Risk Analysis Intern - China National Investment & Guaranty Co., Ltd
- Sales Operations and CRM - Toro Company
- Business Systems Analyst - Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities
- Corporate Service Group Intern - China Construction Bank (Asia) Corporation Ltd.
- Marketing Intern - US-China Business Connection
- Audit Intern, International Business Group - BDO China Da Hua
- Summer Analyst Intern - Magnetar Capital
- Account Executive - College ByME
- Business Systems Analyst I - Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities
- International Account Manager - Traffic Tech
- Associate, Energy Group - Ernst & Young
- Risk Analyst - RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.) Inc.
- Vendor Analyst - US Bank
- Consultant - Statistical Consulting Clinic of UMN
- International Business Development Manager - Dalian Municipal Government
- Executive Assistant of VP Finance - Heritage Security Products
- Equity Trader - Open Door Capital Advisor
- Merchants Executive - Dalian Northeast Asia International Brand Commodity Trading Center Co., Ltd
- Account Manager - ITOCHU Corporation
- Risk Management Intern - People's United Bank
- Associate - BDO USA, LLP
- Risk Analyst - Morgan Stanley
- MS, Information Studies - McGill University
- MS, Financial Mathematics - University of Minnesota
- MS, Accountancy, Accounting and Finance - University of Rochester
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
- Data and Analytics Intern - US Bank
- Technology and Data Analysis
- Technical Support Analyst Intern - SAS
- Programmer Analyst
- Cardiovascular Research Intern - Mid America Heart Institute
- Quantitative Management Associate Program Intern - Bank of America
- Bioinformatics, Be the Match
- Statistician, China Construction Bank
- Analytical Intern, The Health Care Services Corporation
- Marketing Analytics Intern, Capella University
- Site Reliability Intern, Best Buy
- Statistics Intern, Minnesota Department of Corrections
- Technical Analyst
- Data Analysis Consultant - China Galaxy Securities
- Data Analyst - Jinan Kanglite Company
- Data Assistant - East View Information Services
- Quantitative Analyst - Boothbay Fund Management, LLC
- Quantitative Management Associate - Bank of America
- Data Analyst and Project Assistant - 369 Terminal Holdings Ltd
- Product Development and Innovation - US Bank
- Measurement and Activation - Ovative Group
- Statistician - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston*
- Statistician - Statistics Community, UMN Chapter*
- Data Science in Marketing and Business Intelligence - CME Group*
- Statistical Research Assistant - Masonic Cancer Center UMN
- Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst, Assistant Vice President - State Street
- Associate Biostatistician - PPD*
- Data Science, Statistician - LiftPoint Consulting (formerly M Squared Group)*
- Senior Data Scientist, Strategy & Execution - CME Group*
- MS, Biostatistics - Yale University
- MS, Biostatistics - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- MS, Statistics - University of Minnesota
- MS, Systems Engineering - University of Pennsylvania
- MS, Analytics - Northwestern University
- MS, Biostatistics - Seoul National University
- MS, Financial Engineering - New York University
- MS, Computer Science - Stanford University