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Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics (B.S.)

The statistics/biostatistics major is intended for those who wish to pursue graduate work in statistics or otherwise obtain employment in a statistics-related field, especially biostatistics. 

Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics (B.S.)


What is Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics at ODU like?

The statistics/biostatistics major is intended for those who wish to pursue graduate work in statistics or otherwise obtain employment in a statistics-related field, especially biostatistics. 

Program Highlights

What makes Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics at ODU unique?

  • Classes that offer programming using statistical software packages

  • A variety of classes employing different statistical concepts

  • Classes that contain “real-world” statistical analysis problems


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Operations Research Analysts



Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, service, or products. May develop and supply optimal time, cost, or logistics networks for program evaluation, review, or implementation.

Risk Management Specialists



Analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization.




Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.


What are some courses offered in Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics at ODU?

STAT 405:
Introduction to Data Handling

Use of SAS and R to handle data sets. Topics for SAS include data input, creating permanent data sets, merging data sets, creating new variables, sorting, printing, charting, formatting, IML programming, macro programming, and an overview of proc SQL and other statistical procedures. Topics for R include data structure, control structure, writing functions, and graphics. Prerequisites: grade of C or better in STAT 130M or equivalent and a grade of C or better in MATH 316 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

STAT 450:
Categorical Data Analysis

Topics include relative risk and odds ratio measures for 2 x 2 tables, the chi-square and Mantel-Haenszel tests, Fisher's exact test, analysis of sets of 2 x 2 tables using Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel methodology, analysis of I x J and sets of I x J tables for both nominal and ordinal data, logistic regression including the logit and probit models, and building and applying loglinear models. Emphasis will be on the application of these statistical tools to data related to the health and social sciences. Interpretation of computer output will be stressed. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in STAT 431/STAT 531. Pre- or corequisite: STAT 405/STAT 505.

STAT 440:
Clinical Trials

An introduction to statistical methods used in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials. Topics include: study designs, treatment allocation, sample size and power, clinical life tables, log rank test, cross-over designs, and sequential methods of monitoring clinical trials. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in STAT 431/STAT 531.


What are the requirements to apply for Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Mathematics, Statistics/Biostatistics should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Math Core courses: 34 credits (GPA of 2.3)

  • Statistics specific courses: 18 credits


Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident

Per Credit:

$ 374


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate

Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States

Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

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I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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