The Major in Statistical Science provides students with in-depth exposure to modern statistical reasoning and the science of statistical modeling and analysis. Majors develop the skills needed to create, analyze and utilize statistical techniques for addressing quantitative, data-based problems in the natural and social sciences, engineering, technology, and biomedical sciences.


Statistical Science Majors are exposed to a broad range of statistical methods using tools from mathematical and computational sciences. Developing skills and expertise in problem articulation and solving, and abilities to appreciate and accommodate uncertainty in decision-making, are central goals. Graduating students are extremely well-prepared and competitive for graduate study in statistics and allied disciplines, and for early careers in business, finance, law, medicine or other fields,


A centerpiece of the Statistical Science Major is the development of a year-long research project and senior thesis under the supervision of a Duke Statistical Science faculty member. These projects can involve the analysis of complex data, the development of new methods or theory, or the extension and evaluation of existing techniques.


The Statistical Science Minor is designed to provide students majoring in allied disciplines with opportunities for exposure and skill development in advanced statistical methods. These are useful for conducting research in applied subjects, and they are appealing to employers and graduate schools seeking students with quantitative skills. The Minor is flexible; students from most majors can find a pathway to the minor that serves their needs and interests.


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