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Department of Statistics

Department of Statistics

Our research program in statistics is the only one of its kind in the state of Oregon. The Department of Statistics is a vibrant community of 20 faculty and 40 graduate students engaged in high quality research and education in statistics and statistical consulting. Our faculty have made significant and sustained contributions to the development of theoretical statistics and data analytic methods as well as mathematical and computational tools with applications in ecology, risk analysis, genomics, genetics, astronomy, networks, high-dimensional data and survey design.

Consulting is integral to the department’s mission of excellent research, teaching and service. Given its importance in statistical careers, professional statistical consulting is very well integrated in our graduate training program giving students broad exposure to real-world application of statistics to problems in industry, engineering, forestry, agriculture and other areas. The department’s faculty and students are engaged in statistical consulting and collaboration with programs within OSU as well as with government and industry in Oregon and beyond.

The department’s graduate program leads to MS and Ph.D. degrees in statistics as well as graduate and undergraduate minors in statistics. Our graduate program is interdisciplinary in nature, allowing our students to gain expertise in statistical theory and applications with an added emphasis in an area of interest such as ecology, engineering, forestry, genetics/genomics and computational biology, mathematics, or oceanography. The department also offers a fully online graduate certificate and MS in data analytics through OSU Ecampus, the nation's top-ranked provider of online education.

The department offers a career-focused statistics undergraduate minor that emphasizes theoretical and applied principles of statistics and proficiency in using statistical software for data analysis.