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Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

Statistics majors at Grand Valley learn the theory and application of statistical methods and get hands-on experience analyzing real-life data. Students who major in statistics get experience and receive training in verbal and written communication skills, which are essential in today's society.

Program Overview

For current degree requirements, available minors in statistics, and curriculum information, visit the online catalog, GVSU also offers a professional science master's (PSM) degree in biostatistics. For details, visit


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Applied regression analysis
  • Nonparametric statistical analysis
  • Design of experiments
  • Linear algebra
  • Probability and statistics
  • Calculus
  • Statistical computing and consulting
  • Survey sampling

Career Options

Statisticians help make important advances in scientific research and data science by using their quantitative abilities, statistical knowledge, computing, and communication skills to collaborate with other scientists on problems, including:

  • Evaluating environmental impact of pollution.
  • Designing and analyzing studies to determine safety and effectiveness of drugs.
  • Estimating the U.S. unemployment rate.
  • Analyzing consumer demand for a new product or service.

Why Study Statistics at Grand Valley?

You can expect the following from the statistics program at Grand Valley:

  • Personal attention by our faculty in all of your courses.
  • An opportunity to work collaboratively with our faculty on a variety of research initiatives.
  • Widespread application of statistical methods and hands-on experience with analyzing real-life data.
  • Access to an extensive list of undergraduate courses where you can learn about the branches of statistical methodology.
  • A nearly 100-percent placement rate into work or graduate school.


“I can't say enough about my experience at Grand Valley and how my education prepared me for life after college. Three things stick out in my mind. First, the statistics program at Grand Valley prepared me very well for graduate school. Second, through internship opportunities, I graduated with real-world practical experience in my field. Last, and most important, the dedication and support of professors gave me the confidence to know that I had the skills and the capability to tackle any job.”


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