STATISTICS PROGRAMS DEBUT AT CAL U

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STATISTICS PROGRAMS DEBUT AT CAL U

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Posted on August 29, 2014

The job outlook is bright for mathematicians with skills in statistics and data analysis. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor has projected a 27 percent increase in employment opportunities for statisticians between 2012 and 2022.

To help meet that demand, California University of Pennsylvania is offering two new mathematics programs beginning this fall: A Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics: Statistics, and a statistics minor.

Both career-focused programs are designed to give Cal U graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

“Knowledge of statistics is useful in understanding a vast amount of information, including modeling uncertainty and drawing organized scientific conclusions,” says Dr. Melissa Sovak, a former market research analyst and an assistant professor in Cal U’s Department of Math, Computer Science and Information Systems.

“Employers are impressed by the strong quantitative component of this degree.”

Statistical analysis an essential element of many disciplines, including business, behavioral and social sciences, natural sciences, health professions, and technology. The mathematics degree with a statistics concentration prepares students for either the workforce or graduate-level studies.

Cal U students can add the new statistics minor to a variety of undergraduate programs, including biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, education, environmental science, geology, political science and more.

“The study of statistics can open new pathways for students,” Sovak says.

A professor teaches a statistics course.

       Dr. Melissa Sovak