The Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics is designed to provide foundations that include basic statistical concepts and methodologies, and to expose students to the role of statistical thinking and analysis in interdisciplinary research and in the public sphere. To ensure deep rigorous understanding of the foundations and main methods of analysis in statistics, the program is composed of three parts: a) foundations in mathematics and computing, combined with an introduction to statistical thinking and practice; b) four core courses on the fundamentals of statistical theory and data analysis; and c) more advanced material covering important areas of statistical methodology. A capstone project involving substantial data analysis or focused on methodology/theory is required. Students also have opportunities to acquire practical experience in study design, data management, and statistical analysis by working as undergraduate research assistants in projects in one of the participating academic departments or Research Centers at Brown.
Students in this concentration will:
Concentration requirements are listed here.
All concentrators complete a capstone experience, which enables students to participate in an extensive data analysis project or in the development and evaluation of statistical methods. The usual format is a semester-long independent study under the supervision of one of the professors in the Department of Biostatistics or affiliated departments. During the independent study, students are expected to work with a professor on research projects that include major statistical components. When the supervising professor is outside of the Department of Biostatistics, the Director of the Undergraduate Statistics Concentration oversees the capstone experience to ensure it includes a substantial statistical component that fulfills the intentions of the Concentration.
A senior honors thesis is not a requirement for graduation, but concentrators who choose to write one are required to write a manuscript that describes a major project of statistical data analysis that they performed or a simulation study to evaluate the performance of a statistical method. Students that decide to write an honor thesis will generally integrate their capstone project into their thesis.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
The concentration prepares students for careers in industry and government, for graduate study in statistics or biostatistics and other sciences, as well as for professional study in law, medicine, business, or public administration.