Undergraduate Studies

Undergradute Studies

Below please links to information with regards to the undergraduate courses that the Department of Statistics offers:

Please note that a pass in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics 1, that is both  MAM 101 and MAM 102, and Mathematical Statistics 102 are required before a student may register for Mathematical Statistics 2.

What is Statistics?

Statistics is a mathematical science pertaining to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data. Statistics is a set of concepts, rules and procedures based on probability theory that enable us to organize or summarise numerical information in the form of numbers, tables and graphs or charts. Statistics and statistical techniques, or the underlying principals of these techniques, are utilised to make decisions on matters that affect our lives and well-being. A knowledge of these techniques is essential to make informed decisions. A knowledge of these techniques is essential to assess the validity of these decisions. Further information can be found on the "What is Statistics" page of the American Statistical Association or the "Careers in Statistics" document.

Why Study Statistics?

Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, from the natural and social sciences to the humanities, and to government and business. For this reason it is a pre-requisite, co-requisite or recommended course for a number of subjects and therefore prescribed in many degrees (please see your faculty handbook).

A career as a Statistician is fulfilling, challenging and highly remunerated. There are many possible career options, both in South Africa and overseas, in Industry, Government and Academia. Further information can found at: