The predecessor of the Department of Statistics was the Statistics Section in the Department of Accounting and Statistics, which was founded in 1963. It wasn’t until 1973 when the Department of Statistics was organized as an independent department, and in 1997, the Master’s program was established. Since 1963, over 7,000 Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s degrees have been granted.
The Department offers broad undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the diverse needs of students at different levels. Both programs give students sufficient flexibility to pursue their special interest and time to take courses in other departments. At the undergraduate level, there are several introductory courses which prepare students for more advanced courses on statistical inference and applied statistical analysis. The Department’s master program stresses a balance between statistical theories and practical applications, preparing students for careers in industry, business, government, medical research, and academia. Both undergraduate and graduate programs cultivate students’ abilities to conduct data analysis of real world problems in diverse areas.
The Department emphasizes the practice of sample surveys, marketing analyses, industrial engineering, biological sciences, and many other areas. To help achieve TKU’s triple objectives of education and accomplish multimedia-aided instruction, all faculty members are encouraged to make multimedia-aided teaching materials for the required courses. By combining the interests and expertise of faculty with the campus information network, we encourage faculty and graduate students to engage in cooperative research with people in other areas. To adjust to the age of the knowledge economy, we are devoted to promote competitive capability, meet the demands of industry, offer opportunities for in-service personnel, and train students to be statistical specialists both in theory and practice.