Statistics

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Statistics is the science of understanding and managing uncertainty and is ultimately concerned with using theory and methods to extract information from data to solve real word problems. This program provides you with a solid grounding in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of statistical science.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Gain a solid grounding in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of statistical science.
  • Enter a field that’s high in demand, with jobs in governmental agencies and the private sector.
  • Specialize in an area of application through upper-level electives.
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The field of statistics deals with numerical information – data. Statisticians use mathematical and computational tools to make sense of data, and statistical models and methods are essential in all types of scientific research.

The demand for statisticians is currently high and expected to increase, with jobs in governmental agencies and the private sector, e.g. product development, pharmaceutical research, transportation, insurance, and marketing. A mathematics degree, especially with a statistics concentration, is good preparation for graduate studies in statistics.

Students also specialize in an area of application through upper-level electives. A graduate of this program is prepared for further study in statistical science, or to enter into a career in Statistics Canada, health sciences, business, government, industry, or an actuarial/financial institution. Each student must consult with the program advisor in his or her first or second year for advice in planning third- and fourth-year courses.

Undergraduate research

In your senior-level coursework, you have the option of completing directed studies, where you will investigate a specific topic, culminating in a final project and oral presentation. The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Life at UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Statistics program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

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Your future

Statisticians, the scientists who collect and analyze data, work in all areas from agriculture to zoology. As governments and business rely more on data-driven decisions, the demand for statisticians is greatly expanding.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

IB Diploma Programme

  • Completed IB Diploma, including at least three Higher Level courses.

IB Certificate Courses

  • IB Certificate courses (Standard and Higher Level) may be used in an admissions average if you are graduating from a recognized high school curriculum that can be used as your basis of admission.
  • IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, do not satisfy the math requirement for admission to UBC’s science-based programs, the Faculty of Management, the UBC Sauder School of Business, or the Vancouver School of Economics.
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Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • IB Math Analysis and Approaches SL or HL, or IB Math Applications and Interpretations HL. (IB Math Applications and Interpretations SL, or IB Math Studies, are not acceptable.)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Chemistry
  • Grade 11 or equivalent Physics is strongly recommended

Note: Grade 11 Chemistry and Physics requirements listed are only relevant to students who are not completing the equivalent IB Diploma Chemistry and/or Physics courses.

For students studying outside of Canada, some examples of courses that may be accepted as Grade 11 equivalents are junior-level courses for American students, and IGCSE and O Level for those following British-patterned curricula.

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics and Computation
  • Sciences
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