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Statistics, B.A., B.S.

Statistics is the science dedicated to the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. With the development of technology, the collection of data has become ubiquitous, and it is vitally important that there are educated people to make sense of such large amounts of data.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.

Michigan Job Growth

Statistics opportunities are projected to grow 11% in Michigan by 2025.

National Job Growth

Statistics opportunities are projected to grow 12% in the U.S. by 2025.

Nearly 100% Placement Rate

Nearly 100% of GVSU statistics alumni find placements in jobs or graduate school.

Source: EMSI, 2021
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

Those who major in statistics get experience and receive training in verbal and written communication skills, which are essential in today's society. Students learn the theory and application of statistical methods and get hands-on experience analyzing real-life data. Numerous minors in statistics, as well as graduate degrees in applied statistics and biostatistics, are also available.

Why Study Statistics at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty members who are experts in the field pay close personal attention to students.
  • Opportunities exist for students to work collaboratively with faculty members on a variety of research initiatives.
  • The coursework ensures widespread application of statistical methods and hands-on experience with analyzing real-life data.
  • Students have access to an extensive list of undergraduate courses where they can learn about the branches of statistical methodology.
  • The program boasts a nearly 100-percent placement rate into work or graduate school.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


  • Applied regression analysis
  • Nonparametric statistical analysis
  • Design of experiments
  • Survey sampling
  • Statistical graphics with R
  • Statistical computing and consulting
  • Calculus
  • Linear algebra

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:

  • Building models to assess risk for insurance and pensions.
  • 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.

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of Statistics
A-1-178 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3355

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“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.”