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Undergraduate Statistics

Departmental Emphasis in Statistics

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The University of New Mexico Statistics Program offers Departmental Emphasis in three areas:

Industrial Statistics

Industrial Statistics is concerned with maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services. It involves a broad range of statistical tools but maintaining and improving quality involves an overall approach to the management of industrial processes that transcends the use of these specific tools. Variability is inherent in all processes, whether they be manufacturing processes or service processes. This variability must be controlled to create high quality goods and services and must be reduced to improve quality. Industrial Statistics focuses on the use of statistical thinking, i.e., the appreciation of the inherent variability of all processes. It also focuses on developing skills for modeling data and designing experiments that can lead to improvements in performance and reductions in variablity.

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Biostatistics activity spans a broad range of medical and biological science. Some areas include epidemiology, public health, statistics in medical research, disease prevention and care, health education, health care systems, bioinformatics, statistical genetics, environmental toxicities and sanitation.

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Actuarial Science

Actuaries look at current trends, whether they are social, economic, or legal, and determine their financial impact on future events. This requires a broad understanding of the business world and extensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and economics. Accurate estimates of these events are crucial for the survival and prosperity of the companies who employ actuaries.

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ThisIsStatistics Why You Need to Study Statistics


As of 2017, The UNM Department of Mathematics and Statistics is a CAUSE Institutional Member. CAUSE is a national organization whose mission is to support and advance undergraduate statistics education, in four target areas: resources, professional development, outreach, and research.