The Statistics program will train you in the rich discipline of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. You can choose from an extensive selection of courses on subjects ranging from the experimental, such as sampling techniques and statistical inference, to the theoretical, such as probability theory and stochastic processes.

Statistical models and methods are essential in many types of research: biomedical researchers use clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of new treatments, agricultural scientists use field experiments to evaluate irrigation methods, ecologists gather water samples to measure the quality of water—the list of examples is endless.

Statistics is an area that calls for strong mathematical skills and an interest in problem solving.  Our programs therefore include a strong foundation in mathematics.

Graduates from programs in Statistics are highly sought in a wide variety of fields. For example, many become data analysts, researchers in government agencies such as Alberta Environment, biostatisticians in hospitals and medical research facilities, actuaries and financial analysts with insurance firms, pension administrators, survey methodologists with Statistics Canada, and instructors and researchers at post-secondary institutions.

Graduates from our programs in Statistics also are well positioned to become accredited as an Associate Statistician or as a professional actuary.

Degree options for Statistics are as follows:

Honors in Statistics (Calendar section 194.10.14)

Specialization in Statistics (Calendar section 194.10.15)

Major/Minor in Statistics

  • A Major/Minor in Statistics for the BSc General degree is available through the Faculty of Science (Calendar section 193.3; also see the Faculty of Science BSc General page).
  • A Minor in Statistics for the BA degree is available through the Faculty of Arts (Calendar section 44.32.1; also see the Faculty of Arts Majors and Minors page).