Why a Statistics Minor at Belmont University?
The minor in statistics is designed to encourage students to apply statistical concepts that go beyond the content of an introductory course in statistical methods. The program is designed to equip students with quantitative skills that they can apply to their disciplines. Topics are adapted to areas of study such as biology, psychology, business, and behavioral and social sciences. It is not designed to train professional statisticians.
Emphasis is placed on experimental design, exploratory data analysis, statistical modeling, and communicating ideas using real data. Students use statistical software to spark the synthesis of theory, methods and applications.
According to the American Statistical Association, employers of business, psychology, biology, sociology and political science majors have expressed a preference for applicants with a strong background in data analysis. An educational background that includes knowledge of statistics can help you to get a better job.
The Statistics Minor program goals are to:
- Provide a comprehensive statistics curriculum to students who desire further study in statistics.
- Encourage creativity in research through experimental design and data collection.
- Develop the decision making, communication, and presentation skills necessary to provide relevant analyses of a statistical study.
- Utilize the different kinds of thinking involved in the practice of statistics: logical/deductive, computational/algorithmic, graphical/dynamic, and verbal/interpretative.