Career Outlook

Statisticians earn a median annual salary of $87,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018).

Top employers for undergraduates from AU's Department of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Pew Research Center
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

See more about Statistics alumni career outcomes.

Statistics (BS)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences.


Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum.

Major Requirements

  • 54 credit hours with grades of C or better, including 23 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements

Required (23 credit hours)

Basic Statistics (4 credit hours)

Complete 4 credit hours from the following:

Intermediate Statistics (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Track (21 credit hours)

Complete one of the following tracks:

Applied Statistics

Mathematics or Statistics
  • 3 credit hours of approved coursework in mathematics or statistics
Related Field
  • 12 credit hours of approved coursework in a related field

Data Science

Mathematical Statistics

  • 6 credit hours of approved statistics coursework at or above 300-level
Mathematics or Statistics

Note: CSC-208 Introduction to Computer Science II  (3) may count toward this requirement.

  • 9 credit hours of approved mathematics or statistics coursework at or above 300-level

Combined Statistics (BS) and Statistics (MS)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor's / Master's Program and Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degreesfor more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor's/master's programs: