What is statistics?
Statistics is about data. Data are numbers, but they are not "just numbers". Data are numbers with a context. Statistics use data to gain insight and draw conclusions. More formally, statistics is the practice or science of collecting and analyzing numerical data in large quantities, especially for the purpose of inferring proportions in a whole from those in a representative sample.
Why choose statistics at Cal Poly?
With approximately 150 Statistics majors at Cal Poly, the Statistics Department has one of the lowest student to faculty ratios. In this collegial environment with small classes, our students get to know the faculty members and each other quite well. About one-third of our graduates go on to graduate school in statistics and the others tend to take jobs in industry.
What classes do statistics majors take?
Our curriculum includes a mixture of courses from statistics, computer science, and mathematics. Our students have many opportunities to work on realistic problems that emphasize the understanding of all aspects of statistics: the planning of sample surveys and designed experiments, the process of acquiring data, the careful analysis of relevant information, and the communication of results and conclusions. Click here to view what courses our department offers.