Mathematics Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) Statistics Concentration On-Campus

About Statistics

Develop in-demand skillsets in statistics for a career advantage.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you'll learn with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics at California University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in statistics will open the way to many career paths.

The bachelor's degree in mathematics provides a solid background in the foundations, theory and applications of mathematics, including:

  • Training in basic statistics, calculus, multivariate calculus, logic theory, proofs, problem solving and various types of analysis (real, complex and/or numerical).
  • Software training for mathematical problem solving in industry.

SAS certification enhances your professional portfolio.

Obtain SAS skills by completing the Cal U Statistical Analysis certificate as part of the B.A. in Mathematics with statistics concentration. You'll be prepared to take SAS certification exams. More than 150 companies within the Cal U area alone use SAS and specifically ask for SAS skills in their job postings. 

The B.A. degree program in mathematics offers an active undergraduate research group that gives participating students the chance to get published and present their work.

Cal U math graduates choose from a wide range of career opportunities, including positions such as accountant, auditor, banker, economist, FBI agent, industrial engineer, lawyer, securities analyst, tax administrator and technical writer.


Concentration: Cal U students who choose to complete the bachelor's degree in mathematics with a concentration in statistics take specialized courses to develop skills to analyze data, and model and use statistical software. Students completing this coursework receive a certificate in Statistical Analysis from the SAS Institute.

Solid Foundation: The 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in mathematics provides students with entry-level skills for a variety of vocations and professions, and preparation for graduate school. Students develop the ability to translate workplace problems into mathematical terms to find solutions and develop new theories to address business, industrial and government problems.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in math, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits


Students in the bachelor's degree in math program receive a well-rounded education, completing a range of courses in mathematics (from algebra and calculus to differential equations), as well as courses in chemistry or physics, and a choice of electives. Your degree prepares you for many career opportunities and for the option of pursuing a graduate degree.

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Graduate Outcomes


Employment of statisticians is projected to grow 34% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected to result from more widespread use of statistical analysis to make informed business and healthcare decisions. Students who complete the Statistical Analysis certificate develop high-demand SAS skills that employers prefer. Cal U mathematics/statistics graduates are employed by businesses in all sectors.

Cal U mathematics graduates are employed in a range of positions in Pennsylvania at companies such as USX and FedEx and at area school districts including Pittsburgh Public Schools, Trinity High School and Uniontown Area High School. Other graduates have pursued master's degrees at schools such as the University of Oregon.

Mathematics Bachelor of Arts Degree
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Valuable Internships

Your internship is a formal, for-credit arrangement that offers valuable opportunities to study and experience professional career interests outside the classroom but under Cal U's supervision. Internships are a major component of a Cal U student's education. Math majors have done internships with leading employers, including U.S. Steel, PTC and Mylan.  

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About SAS

SAS (pronounced "sass") once stood for "statistical analysis system." It began at North Carolina State University as a project to analyze agricultural research. Demand for such software capabilities began to grow, and SAS (the company) was founded in 1976 to help customers in all sorts of industries - from pharmaceutical companies and banks to academic and governmental entities. SAS software is now installed in more than 80,000 business, government and university sites. SAS has offices in more than 50 countries, employing more than 14,000 people.

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Expert Faculty

Cal U's math educators are dedicated to excellence in teaching. Cal U math faculty members are practicing professionals in their fields who can share real-world knowledge and experience with students in the classroom, and contribute to the development and content of a strong curriculum. Our math professors have earned their doctorates from such top schools as University of California, San Diego; University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and the University of Pittsburgh.

B.A., Mathematics - Statistics Concentration - Courses

Bachelor's degree courses provide in-depth study of mathematics, as well as focused exploration of the field of statistics.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 215  Statistics OR  MAT 225  Business Statistics 3
MAT 272  Discrete Mathematics 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Course 3
Second Semester 15
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
MAT 341  Linear Algebra I 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
CHE 101  General Chemistry I  OR  PHY 101  College Physics I 4
MAT 375  Applied Regression 3
MAT 381  Calculus III 3
MAT 461  Statistical Analysis I 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Course 3
Fourth Semester 16
CHE 102  General Chemistry II  OR  PHY 102  College Physics II 4
MAT 351  Abstract Algebra 3
MAT 382  Calculus IV 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 6
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
MAT Category I 3
MAT Category II 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Sixth Semester 15
MAT Category II 3
MAT  Category III 3
Concentration Elective  OR  MAT 462  Statistical Analysis II 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 6
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
MAT 400  Mathematical Modeling 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 12
Eighth Semester 12
Concentration Elective  OR  MAT 462  Statistical Analysis II 3
General Education, Minor OR Free Elective Courses 9
Total 120

*MAT Categories Credits
(Choose One Course)
MAT 451 Abstract Algebra II 3
MAT 481 Real Analysis 3
MAT 474 Complex Analysis 3
(Choose One Course)
CSC 424 Numerical Analysis 3
MAT 441 Linear Algebra II 3
(Choose One Course)
CSC 475  Theory of Languages 3
MAT 304  History of Math 3
MAT 419  Math Internship 3
MAT 468  Field Experience in Math 3
MAT 495  Senior Research Project 3
PHY 341  Math Methods of Physics I 3

Additional Courses for Concentration Credits
MAT 376  Applied Regression 3
MAT 462  Statistical Analysis II  3
Select two from the following:   
MAT 360  Nonparametric Statistics  3
MAT 371  Applied Categorical Data Analysis  3
MAT 373  Time Series and Stochastic Processes 3
MAT 391  Statistics Packages  3
MAT 471  Applied Multivariate Statistics  3


B.A., Mathematics - Concentration and Minors

  • B.S., Education with a Mathematics concentration
  • Statistics (Minor) [link to page]
  • Mathematics ((Minor) [link to page]

B.A., Mathematics Faculty

Dr. Mohamed Benbourenane

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Dr. Kaddour Boukaabar

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Dr. Maggie Habeeb
Associate Professor

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Dr. Olaniyi Samuel Iyiola
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Leandro Junes
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George D. Novak
Associate Professor

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Dr. Bismark Oduro
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Melissa Sovak
Associate Professor

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