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Statistics vs Mathematics major.

dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
edited April 2007 in Business Major
I know that Stats is a division branched off from Mathematics, but some schools (actually quite a few) offer a separate major for statistics.

I'll be majoring in Economics with concentration in econometrics, but having heard that employers look for candidates with strong quantitave skill, I decided to double major that pertains to high numerical analysis skill development, and the two choices of major I ended up were Mathematics and Statistics.

Would majoring in either one be good enough for me? Or will majoring in one look better than the other?
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Replies to: Statistics vs Mathematics major.

  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Depends on what you want to do really, but a double major in econ and math would look good to employers and would be interesting. This is of course, dependent on what school you are going to (or will be going to).
  • dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
    Depending on where I get accepted (I'm a transfer student and I get my result by the end of April), I'll probably attend one of Berkeley, UCLA, or UC San Diego.
  • NoneNone Registered User Posts: 425 Member
    If you plan on doing graduate work in economics, math major (or at least significant coursework) is pretty much a prerequisite. If you can handle advanced math, major in math.
  • dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
    I plan on taking the MBA route, instead.
  • Pre-medwannabePre-medwannabe Registered User Posts: 809 Member
    I would pick Math personally because it is much broader and allows for more opportunities than statistics.
  • dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
    ok, any more suggestions?
  • BSD24BSD24 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Math 10char
  • theghostofsnappytheghostofsnappy Registered User Posts: 216 Junior Member
    As an economist in training, so to speak, I'd recommend a pure math track with courses in measure theory, probability, and a high-level mathematical statistics course or two.
  • foxdie!foxdie! Registered User Posts: 832 Member
    math, if you can handle it. If you want to go into industry don't bother yourself with hard theory (analysis, abstract algebra, topology, etc) and instead focus on applied math.
  • nuveennuveen Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    At Berkeley (one of the school's that the OP is looking at), the applied math major is nearly the same as the pure math major: a course in analysis, complex analysis, abstract algebra, upper division linear algebra, numerical analysis, and then three applied electives.
    The statistics major, on the other hand, seems to put far less of an emphasis on rigor. While there is a "math" track for the major, in which one would take analysis, linear algebra, etc, its not necessary.
    So while the math major, or the statistics major with the math track makes sense for (academic) graduate school, would the normal track really make a difference in terms of employment opportunities? I can't really imagine any jobs industry jobs that use analysis, and if they use something like PDE's, I wouldn't imagine any firms trusting someone with just a bachelor's degree.
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