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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Department Mathematics & Statistics
College Science, Engineering & Technology
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS
Program Description Statistics is the mathematical science of studying and learning from data. Statisticians acquire, organize, analyze, present and draw inferences from data. Inferences about a population are communicated with measures of likelihood. Statistical analysis is used in a variety of disciplines to communicate uncertainties for the purpose of making informed decisions. Applications of statistics are all around us such as in weather forecasting, surveys, quality control, market demand, causality, and effectiveness of treatments, to name only a few.

The Department offers a major and minor in statistics. The major provides a suffi cient background in statistics, mathematics, and computer science to enable students to pursue a career in business, industry, or actuarial science as well as to pursue advanced study in statistics. The major is organized into 3 tracks to allow an emphasis in applied mathematics, computer science, or biological science. A well prepared student can expect to complete the major in four years. The minor gives students a basic core of statistics that would compliment majors in many areas by providing a thorough grounding in basic statistical principles, methods of data analysis, and a knowledge base to assist in understanding statistical procedures applied to a variety of disciplines.
Admission Requirements A student must be admitted to a major to be permitted to take 300- and 400-level courses. Admission is granted by the department. In addition to minimum university admission requirements of:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
  • complete 10 credits in mathematics and statistics counting towards the Major with a 2.5 GPA

Contact the College of Science, Engineering and Technology Student Relations Offi ce for application procedures.
Other Requirements Students choose from the following options: applied mathematics track, biological sciences track, computer science track
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Mathematics and Statistics
273 Wissink Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1453
Fax: 507-389-6376
College Advising All Statistics majors are assigned to an academic advisor to assist them in planning their major program. Additional advising support is available at:

College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising Center

Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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