B.S. in Statistics

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics provides fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for students to succeed in areas involving the collection, analysis, modeling, and presentation of data. This major will help students build critical thinking skills in data analysis and research. With the knowledge this program provides, students will be able to

  1. Choose to work in variety of fields – agriculture, education, environmental & social sciences, finance, government, healthcare, psychology, and more.
  2. Pursue several different careers in industry with job titles such as actuary, analyst, data scientist, and statistical consultant.
  3. Advance their studies in graduate school.


All statistics majors must have a concentration (Support Field plus Advanced Support Field) which consists of 24 hours, 9 hours of which must be advanced (3xxx and 4xxx level courses count as advanced). These courses can be chosen from closely related fields across multiple departments. The concentration must be approved. Possible concentrations can involve, but are not limited to, courses chosen from the fields of agriculture, biology, business, computer science, computational biology, economics, finance, or psychology.

Automatic Minor in Mathematics

Students majoring in statistics will fulfill the requirements for a minor in mathematics. However, the student must declare the minor through their advisor. For example, when coding the minor, advisors may utilize the required courses MATH 2413, MATH 2414, MATH 3433, MATH 4390, totaling 18.75 hours with 6 hours advanced.

Minor in Statistics

A minor in statistics consists of 18 hours of STAT, 6 hours of which must be advanced, 3xxx or 4xxx. Required coursework includes STAT 2300, STAT 2301, STAT 3311, STAT 3312. Recommended courses based upon an optional minor focus include, but are not limited to

  1. Data Analyst: STAT 3364, STAT 4364
  2. Experiment Design: STAT 4300, STAT 4301
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Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

Application Process


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Learn more about Tarleton State University’s B.S. in Statistics program using the following links.

  • Eight Semester Plan details the courses which must be taken over four years, or eight regular semesters (Fall/Spring), in order to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Statistics.
  • Statistics Major Action Plan (MAP) gives important tips, year by year, which every statistics major should consider. These tips keep a student on target for graduating as well as suggesting activities to enrich their stay at Tarleton State University and build resumes which will catch the eye of employers.
  • Course Descriptions for every statistics course.
  • Course Prerequisite Flowchart detailing the prerequisite chains of all statistics courses and mathematics courses required for the major.
  • Course Offering Schedule indicates which semester a particular statistics course is offered.

What is Statistics?

Basic Idea

Statistics, in its most basic form, is the process of

  • Collecting information
  • Analyzing information
  • Drawing conclusions from information
  • Generating unbiased reports by interpreting the conclusions and analyses made from the information.

People who perform these steps are statisticians. They may share many different job titles, such as actuary, analyst, or statistical consultant, but they are all statisticians.

Examples of Statistics in Action

Here are examples of statistics in action.

More Information about Statistics

Below are some external links so that you might learn more about statistics and the jobs they can fulfill.

Job Outlook and Salary

The U.S. Burau of Labor and Statistics reports that

  • The overall employment of mathematicians and statisticians is projected to grow 33 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The 2020 median salary of statisticians is $93,290, based upon individuals who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree.


  • Lists a large number of career paths with both average salaries as well as salary ranges for individuals with an undergraduate degree in statistics. This is particularly useful for learning what kinds of careers a statistician might choose.
  • In early 2022, average salary for a B.S. in Statistics is $73,000 each year.
  • This average salary will vary based upon career path (actuary, data analyst, statistical consultant, etc.).


Feeling overwhelmed? Need more information?

  • Email Dr Keith E. Emmert.
  • Call the Tarleton Mathematics Department at 254-969-9168.
  • Remember, you will have a professional advisor to help you through eavery registration process and a faculty mentor to guide you while pursuing your statistics degree.