Statistics is the science of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. The world is not black and white, and statistical science embraces the gray areas. What do statistical models suggest about climate change, and what are the expected impacts? Are the basic human rights of health care, education, and equality being met? Does an experimental drug improve quality of life? Is the economy improving, and how does that relate to the job market? What do the latest polls suggest about who will win the election? And, on a less serious note perhaps, what should I expect from my favorite ballplayer or team in the upcoming season?
Statisticians conduct research in diverse areas, including agriculture, education, ecology and the environment, economics, law, medicine, national defense, psychology, public health, quality control, risk assessment, and sports. The Minor in Statistics serves as an excellent complement to majors associated with these disciplines, or can be a gateway to graduate study in statistics.