Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

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Why Choose Statistics?

Statistics is distinct from mathematics as a field of study, yet is founded upon the theory of probability—the mathematics of chance. The Bachelor of Science in Statistics is a degree program emphasizing statistics both as a science unto itself and as a service science, with powerful applications in such disciplines as biology, medicine, sociology, chemistry, agriculture, education, engineering, economics, psychology, and quality control. Graduate from this program, and you should be well qualified for employment in the many corporations and government agencies for which statisticians design experiments, conduct surveys, and analyze data. Also, the Bachelor of Science in Statistics prepares you for graduate study in statistics (or in a science in which statistics plays a decisive role), after which you will have even greater employment possibilities.


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Don’t limit yourself to one career field! Wright State University’s undergraduate and graduate programs in mathematics and statistics will help you acquire the tools that will provide almost limitless employment options when you graduate.

Our mathematics and statistics graduates learn how to conduct research, solve problems, develop systems—skills that translate well into any career, including medicine and law. Your skills in quantitative analysis of complex problems and interpretation of data will open many doors.

Wright State graduates are already working in actuarial science, teaching, mathematical economics, statistics, finance, health science, mathematical modeling, computer simulation, research and systems analysis. Others have been accepted to graduate and professional schools. And the Dayton area includes plenty of businesses looking to hire Wright State graduates, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Ball Aerospace, Infoscitex, Canary Consulting, Applied Optimization, Nationwide Insurance, and more.

Learn more about mathematics and statistics career paths and employers.

Real-World Experience

Hands-on experience is part of developing the analytical and quantitative skills you came to college to acquire. Our many business partners in the Dayton area mean you have access to top experts and facilities where you can apply your knowledge to real-world problems—and perhaps find your future career—during internships, co-ops, job shadowing, research, and other learning experiences.

Success Stories

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At Wright State, you can find your people, find your mentor, and find your future. Kaitlyn Herbst ’19 found her people when she switched majors and began studying statistics.
CANARY Consulting has a thing for finance and statistics students from Wright State University.

Academics and Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics features required courses in mathematics (calculus, linear algebra) and in statistics (applied statistics, theory of statistics, statistical methods). Advanced electives in statistics or mathematics are selected from an extensive menu of choices (e.g., experimental design for students interested in the "real-world" use of statistics, or real variables for those preparing for graduate study in theoretical statistics). In addition, students take several courses in a discipline in which statistics can be applied; biology, engineering, management, and psychology are just some of the many possibilities.

View Bachelor of Science in Statistics program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Statistics Degree Requirements (PDF)


Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in statistics.

If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in statistics.