Why is the Department of Statistics in the School of Information and Computer Sciences?
The field of statistics is at its heart very much a field concerned with information. Statisticians use mathematical and computational tools to draw information out of data collected by researchers.
After WWII there were extensive developments in the mathematical theory that underlies statistical methods. As a consequence departments formed in that era grew out of Mathematics Departments and tended to remain in Schools of Arts and Science and Schools of Physical (or Natural) Sciences.
These days the flow of data is overwhelming and there is an increased emphasis on computationally intensive methods in statistics. Given these developments and the interdisciplinary focus of the Bren School it seemed quite natural to take UCI's new Department of Statistics and place it in the Bren School.
What degree programs does the Department offer?
The Department has a graduate degree program in Statistics that leads to either the Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The program began in 2006 and we recently graduated our first Ph.D. student! M.S. students can find jobs in a variety of industries including: health/medicine, finance, insurance, and manufacturing. Ph.D. students can pursue research positions in universities, government, or industry.The Department does not yet offer an undergraduate degree program. It is possible to earn a Minor in Statistics; the minor is a nice complement to undergraduate degrees in social sciences, physical sciences, biological sciences, engineering, and of course information and computer sciences. We are currently in the planning stages for an undergraduate major.
Where can I get statistical consulting help?
Fortunately there are several places where you can get help. Statistics faculty are delighted to talk with researchers on campus and off who have interesting problems. It is hoped that such conversations may lead to collaborations that advance both the field of statistics and the field of our collaborators.
For questions related to the application of more standard statistical methods, people are encouraged to contact the Center for Statistical Consulting at http://statconsulting.uci.edu/.