Statistics is the science of collection, analysis and interpretation of empirical data. This means that students in statistics will encounter a variety of areas. Within the social sciences, in e.g. economics and various behavioral sciences, statistical methods are invaluable for data collection and analysis of quantitative as well as qualitative data. All decisions, large and small, all planning of economic activity, all control and monitoring of the environment involves statistically sound data. In the natural and technological sciences statistical methods are used for quality control, signal analysis, drug trials and epidemiological studies, to name a few applications.
Statistics are sometimes described as an auxiliary science, but it is also an independent science with an ever-growing arsenal of methods. Within the department research are conducted aiming at developing and evaluating new methods in the social sciences, especially economics and behavioral science, and medical applications.
Courses in statistics are provided within programs and as separate basic courses at the undergraduate level a well as the graduate level. Students in economics are recommended to study at least 60 credits in statistics. For a career as a professional statistician a masters degree is recommend.