Learning Goals for Statistics

Upon completion of the Statistics major, we expect our graduates:

  1. To have acquired proficiency with the application of a wide range of statistical techniques, as well as a

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     theoretical foundation in probability and statistical inference.
  2. To have developed computational and data analysis skills including facility with statistical software and acquisition of data management skills, with an emphasis on reproducible analysis.

  3. To have demonstrated in a variety of courses and in several formats, the ability to clearly communicate results of statistical analyses, as well as the ability to read and understand statistical techniques in primary research.

  4. To demonstrate ethical awareness and the ability to reflect on ethical implications of data-based decisions and technologies in an informed manner and to be able to articulate strategies for dealing with simpler ethical dilemmas and identify resources to consult for guiding ethical decision-making in more complicated situations.

  5. To have learned to collaborate with individuals with different backgrounds and strengths, have contributed to an inclusive and positive learning community supporting their peers, and have learned to respect, appreciate, and acknowledge individual differences and contributions.

  6. To be able to use their statistical knowledge as a tool for understanding and improving the world around them; to understand the limitations of their skills and knowledge, and to both have an interest in continuing to learn statistics and the ability to identify resources to expand and fill in gaps in their knowledge.

  7. For honors students, to have delved deeply into an advanced topic and written a clear and detailed exposition in the form of a senior thesis.