Why study Statistics at Dal?

Study the world around you through numbers

Statistics is the science of structuring, explaining and processing data into something understandable. It doesn’t matter if you want to design computer games, study the safety of nuclear power plants or conduct political polls; scientists of all kinds work with numbers to measure and explore the world.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Studying statistics at Dalhousie will open a window to understanding the world. You’ll have access to a well-rounded set of courses that will help you build a solid scientific base. We’ll teach you how to apply data to research. You'll have opportunities to work on special projects and write code that can run powerful statistical software right from your laptop.

Our undergraduate courses are accredited by the Statistics Society of Canada, which means you can receive an Associate Statistician designation.

First-year will begin by taking introductory calculus and statistics courses. At the advanced level, we cross-list our fourth-year courses with graduate courses, so you can study alongside our graduate students. Students in the statistics program also have the opportunity to participate in the co-op education program.

Sample courses:

  • Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Data Mining using R
  • Probability

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You can apply to receive the title of Associate Statistician (A.Stat.), a designation that is required for most entry level positions. With a BSc in Statistics, you can find a position in any number of exciting industries such as:

  • manufacturing
  • public health
  • marketing
  • statistical computing
  • science writing and journalism

If you’ve completed an honours degree in statistics, a Master of Science (MSc) in statistics is a natural next step. It offers you the ability to focus and undertake a serious research project on your own. You may also choose to complete a MSc in an interdisciplinary field (such as finance, bioinformatics or environmental science) and eventually a PhD.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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