Statistics Department


“The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.” John Tukey (1915 – 2000)

We offer courses that, in the true spirit of the liberal arts, emphasize underlying ideas, their social and ethical context, and their explanatory power. The statistics major emphasizes a strong background in the fundamentals, while also providing pathways to explore how statistics is applied in a variety of fields.  Statistics is core component of many fields from medicine to economics to data science.

Graduates with solid quantitative and analytical skills, and the core competencies of statistics are in demand by employers. By maintaining high standards and ambitious goals, the department has earned a reputation as a place of deep learning—a degree in Statistics from Colby is a significant achievement.