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Degrees Offered: BA

Statistics and Data Science is an exciting area of study broadly encompassing data analysis, statistical learning and inference, visualization, data processing, communication and interdisciplinary collaboration.  Statisticians and data scientists are in high demand in industry, academia and government within fields such as business, climate science, ecology, economics, engineering, epidemiology, forestry, human rights, insurance, psychology, public health, and social justice among others.

The Department of Applied Mathematics houses world class data scientists, statisticians and mathematicians working with complex datasets, statistical modeling and strong interdisciplinary research connections and opportunities. Students receive high-level training in statistical theory and data science techniques. A capstone course allows students to collaborate with scientists in and around the University. Research opportunities are abound in the areas of statistical methodology, data analysis techniques for big data, statistical climatology, epidemiology, computational algorithms for complex datasets and financial mathematics.


Undergraduate Opportunities

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Statistics and Data Science through the College of Arts and Sciences. The BA degree is designed with an emphasis on inter- and cross-disciplinary training, and is intended to prepare students for a wide range of careers in areas such as statistics, data analytics, data science, business, engineering, economics, public health, epidemiology, insurance, forestry, psychology, social justice and human rights.

Courses at the undergraduate level are designed to provide students with skills in both traditional statistical methods and cutting edge data analysis techniques. These skills are in high demand in the current job market and prepare students for desirable careers in statistics and data science. Since statisticians and data scientists are often involved in interdisciplinary work, the BA degree requires an in-­depth knowledge of some area of science, engineering, social science or liberal arts that uses statistics to solve important problems. This knowledge prepares graduates to successfully communicate and collaborate with practitioners in these fields. A capstone course in statistical collaboration provides the opportunity for students to synthesize their previous coursework and apply statistics and data science to help people solve real problems.

Moreover, the Department of Applied Mathematics offers a minor in applied mathematics and a minor in statistics. Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU Boulder, regardless of college or school.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements


Research Opportunities

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers a broad range of undergraduate research opportunities funded by a variety of federal agencies. Working with faculty, students in Statistics and Data Science have developed solutions to problems in big data, statistical climatology, epidemiology, computational algorithms for complex datasets, financial mathematics, networks, signal processing and mathematical biology. Students can gain professional exposure through the student chapter of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) on campus.