Statistics is the science and art of enhancing knowledge in the face of uncertainty with modeling, predictions, and decisions. As a statistics student at UMN Morris, you’ll learn the theory and methods of statistics and how to apply that knowledge in solving problems related to medicine, law, technology, finance, business, public policy, the environment, computing, and science in general.
UMN Morris is one of the few liberal arts colleges in the country that offers a statistics major. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including those pertaining to applied statistics, biostatistics, actuarial science, and data science. You’ll be taught how to create and apply statistical methods for collecting, storing, analyzing, processing, and communicating qualitative and quantitative information. You’ll learn how to use statistical tools and develop data analysis skills. Through scholarly activity, collaboration, and outreach, you’ll learn to communicate effectively with people in other fields and understand the substance of those fields. UMN Morris’s statistics curriculum will prepare you for graduate school or to pursue a career in statistics and data science.
Student Learning Outcomes
By completing a degree in statistics, you will be able to
- model and solve real-world problems by analyzing them statistically to determine an appropriate approach toward solutions;
- write, read, and construct proofs of key statistical results;
- create estimated models, data displays, and new datasets to address problems using computing tools;
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of calculus, analysis, linear algebra, and probability, and their importance to statistics; and
- explain a theorem, statistical model, and the results of a statistical analysis to a non-specialist audience.
General Education Requirements
The University of Minnesota and its faculty are committed to providing an education that invites you to investigate the world from new perspectives, learn new ways of thinking, and grow as an active citizen and lifelong learner. The University’s general education requirements are designed to be integrated throughout your four-year undergraduate experience. These courses provide you an opportunity to explore fields outside your major and complement your major curriculum with a multidisciplinary perspective.
Careers & Graduate School
Here are just some of the more common occupations that UMN Morris statistics graduates hold:
- Business analyst
- Data engineer
- Data scientist
- Data science manager
- Business intelligence analyst
- Pricing analyst
- Quantitative analyst
- Research data analyst
Because data is key to solving problems, the need for statistics applies to almost every industry. Companies and organizations where recent UMN Morris statistics graduates have found employment include:
- Big Sun Holdings Group
- Federated Insurance
- Musicland Group
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Securian Financial
- Target Corporation
- United Network of Organ Sharing
- Weill Cornell Medicine
Many UMN Morris statistics majors have furthered their studies at graduate schools across the country, some of which include:
- Iowa State University
- Kansas State University
- University of Michigan
- University of Iowa
- University of Virginia
The University of Minnesota Morris is a national public liberal arts college committed to making a high-quality education available to students from across the country. Expenses for housing, meals, books and supplies, transportation, loan fees, and personal expenditures can vary.
Students are immediately considered for a scholarship package upon admission to UMN Morris.
This scholarship was established by Denise Anderson ‘83 and Laura Newman ’88 to honor their parents. Emil and Lois consistently encouraged the educational aspirations of all of their children, with their two daughters graduating from the University of Minnesota Morris and their son attending the University of Minnesota. Denise and Laura feel that UMM’s environment, where student education is the top priority, allowed them to thrive. This scholarship is their way to perpetuate that in future generations.
All Available Scholarships
Research & Engagement
The UMN Morris statistics discipline regularly incorporates academic research as part of a well-rounded undergraduate experience. This allows you to participate in established research opportunities both on campus and off, through local and national agencies.
You’ll also participate in a senior seminar that integrates your statistical knowledge into a single year-long project and presentation. Over the course of your senior year, you’ll meet regularly with your adviser to create a project focused on applied statistics or statistical theory. The project also gives you the chance to demonstrate your skills in writing, critical thinking, and public speaking.
There are many opportunities to engage with your major at UMN Morris, such as joining clubs, working an internship, or getting involved with related organizations:
Opportunities for Students
The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) offers students an opportunity to present research plus scholarly and creative work. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances.
- Creative Activity
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides University of Minnesota undergraduates from every college, major, and discipline, the opportunity to partner with a faculty member on research or creative projects.
- Creative Activity
The University of Minnesota Morris offers the Morris Academic Partnership (MAP) program, in which faculty select academically talented, qualified second-year and third-year students to assist them in scholarly and creative projects. Selected MAP students undertake assignments intended to enhance their intellectual competence and increase their interest in graduate or professional study.
- Creative Activity
- Morris Academic Partnership (MAP)
- Student Employment