Statistics at South Carolina

Statistics is the science of data. Statisticians provide and interpret the data that is crucial in the decision-making process for government officials, business professionals and industry leaders worldwide. 

What to Expect

Students pursuing the statistics major take challenging courses with nationally recognized faculty and pursue the internship and research opportunities that keep statisticians in high demand. As a statistics major, you will develop the ability to perform fundamental statistical analyses, prepare informative graphics for public presentation and use statistical programming languages with applications across a variety of fields.

There are three options under the bachelor's degree with a major in statistics program. You can pursue the general major, the major with emphasis in actuarial mathematics and statistics or the intensive major. The major with emphasis in actuarial mathematics and statistics is designed for students planning a career as an actuary, while the intensive major is designed for students planning on graduate study in statistics.

The department's 15 faculty members are well-known for teaching and research excellence. As a statistics major, you can also benefit from the USC Center of Reliability and Quality Sciences, where faculty and students conduct research projects on and off campus. You can also seek out internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.S. in Statistics

The Department of Statistics offers three options under the Bachelor of Science in Statistics: the general major, the major with emphasis in actuarial mathematics and statistics and the intensive major. Typical courses in the major include:

  • Calculus I and II
  • Vector Calculus
  • Numerical Linear Algebra
  • Algorithmic Design I
  • Technical Writing

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The Department of Statistics offers two master's-level programs, a Ph.D. in Statistics and also a Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Statistics. For more information, contact the graduate coordinator at statgdir@stat.sc.edu.

M  M.S. in Statistics 

Graduate Director: John Grego, (803) 777-7800, grego@stat.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

M  M.A.S. in Applied Statistics

Graduate Director: John Grego, (803) 777-7800, grego@stat.sc.edu
Program Contact: Don Edwards, 803-777-5070, edwards@stat.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

D  Ph.D. in Statistics

Graduate Director: John Grego, (803) 777-7800, grego@stat.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

C Certificate of Graduate Study in Applied Statistics

Graduate Director: John Grego, (803) 777-7800, grego@stat.sc.edu
Program Contact: Don Edwards, 803-777-5070, edwards@stat.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.