Students of statistics and data science at LMU join a community of scholars consisting of faculty and peers from the LMU Mathematics Department. By design, department facilities and programs promote interaction and collaborative work among students and faculty. For more information about all Math department and programs, please visit the Math Department‘s website.

In addition to their coursework in the major areas of statistics and data science, our students participate in a variety of activities outside the classroom, including:

  • a seminar/career panel series featuring academic and industry professionals
  • performing research with faculty during the year or in the summer
  • attending and giving presentations at local and national conferences
  • participating in mathematical competitions
  • working as a paid, or volunteer, tutor or teaching assistant
  • Math Club social gatherings, such as our annual Pi Day celebration
  • participating in study abroad programs such as the LMU Bonn (Germany) Engineering, Math, and Science Program

In addition, we are proud of our chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society, to which we induct student members on an annual basis.

You might be a Statistics and Data Science major if you:

  • Want one of the top highest-earning college degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • Are considering a career in mathematics, law, medicine, finance, national security, urban planning, data analysis, computer graphics and animation, or teaching (among many others!)
  • Are curious about the mathematics behind how Google ranks its pages, Netflix makes its suggestions, or Pixar animates the motion of cloth, smoke, or even hair
  • Are curious about the mathematics involved in analyzing dosage strategies for chemotherapy, mobilizing police forces, or modeling traffic flow
  • Enjoy explaining mathematics homework solutions to your friends and/or siblings
  • Have ever wondered if there’s a version of the Quadratic Formula for polynomials of degrees other than 2
  • want to understand why .999… = 1
  • Like solving puzzles such as Sudoku, KenKen, the Rubik’s Cube, and 1024
  • are intrigued by the Birthday Problem, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, the Monty Hall Problem or Benford’s Law   
  • Enjoy thinking about what equation this image depicts:


  • Want to know the next item in the sequence: W, A, J, M, M, … (for a hint, e-mail!)

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