Applied Statistics Minor
Statistics is a discipline within the Mathematical Sciences that involves collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. Applied Statistics is particularly concerned with describing sample data and using it to draw inferences about the underlying population. Modern computing has dramatically increased the power and use of statistical techniques. Data based research is now the norm in almost every discipline to include those in the humanities. Further, data is regularly used and analyzed for military operations. As a result, many exciting opportunities currently exist for officers to pursue an education in Statistics at the graduate level, and to apply the skills they acquire in such a program during their military service.
Applied Statistics at USMA focuses on establishing a solid foundation of probability and statistics. Cadets are required to understand and apply statistical methods to real data in one or more disciplines.
Applied statistics is among the most inherently interdisciplinary programs in academics. As such, Cadets are given the opportunity to learn and apply statistical techniques to real world problems and in a number of disciplines. The applied statistics minor is the fifth minor offered at USMA and is a truly interdisciplinary statistics minor.
All cadets must complete or validate both a core set of mathematics courses, which provides basic analytical knowledge and skills necessary for completing follow-on core courses, as well as a core set of statistics courses that serve as a unifying experience. Beyond these courses, the cadet selects from a set of offerings in multiple academic departments at USMA.
A statistics minor will be of interest to the student who finds analyzing data and solving real-world problems challenging, interesting, and satisfying. As most disciplines are more and more impacted by the use of data, the minor is also an opportunity to tie into the cutting edge research in the major and prepare for future work in their field at the graduate level, where statistics is increasingly a requirement in many programs.