The simplest cell contains infinitely intricate mathematics. The study of biostatistics challenges students to combine biology and statistics in answering questions about biological systems and human health. Address new challenges arising from advances in biomedical science; collaborate with investigators in institutions such as cancer research centers and medical schools on the design, analysis, and interpretation of studies; and make a difference in the world of health sciences.
2014-2015 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for B.S. in Biostatistics
BIOL1105 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL1106 Introduction to Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
CHEM1101 Principles of Chemistry I*
And CHEM1102 Principles of Chemistry II*
Or CHEM1103 Chemical Perspectives*
MATH2101 Linear Algebra
MATH2103 Calculus III
MATH2113 Applied Statistics
MATH3105 Advanced Statistics
MATH4101 Programming in SAS
and one elective to be chosen from the following courses:
BIOL2115 Determinants of Health and Disease
BIOL2119 Current Topics in Biological Research
*Qualified students may replace CHEM1101 and CHEM1102 with CHEM 1103
Learning Goals + Outcomes
Understand a common set of core mathematical concepts/skills/problems/theorems/ways of thought needed to study mathematical statistics (MATH2103 and MATH2101)
Understand foundational principles of biology (BIOL1105 and BIOL1106)
Understand chemical structure of components of living systems (DNA, proteins, lipids, etc.) (CHEM1101 and CHEM1102)
Understand descriptive and inferential statistics, probability theory, methods and techniques (MATH2113,MATH3103, MATH3105)
Be able to apply statistical methods and techniques to current biological topics and research (BIOL2123 and one BIOL elective (BIOL2115 or BIOL2119))
Be able to use technology and software programs (Excel, SPSS, SAS, R) to analyze data and effectively communicate statistical results to others, especially non-statisticians (MATH2113, MATH3105, MATH4101).
Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques to data generated from biological problems. A career in biostatistics is ideal for students with strength in both mathematics and science who enjoy working with computers and numbers, and wish to apply their skills to solving real-world problems in biological research. Graduates with a major in biostatistics can find employment in medical facilities, research institutions, pharmaceutical companies and data analysis organizations. They can also pursue master's or doctoral degrees in statistics, biological research or public health.
Learn more about career paths open to students of biostatistics through the
Emmanuel College Career Center .