Statisticians analyze data to glean meaningful information. You'll learn linear algebra and calculus as well as the fundamentals of probability theory, data analysis, and how to use computing and communication in a statistical context. A statistics degree prepares you for a future in a world where organizations and institutions need to hire people who can make sense of vast amounts of data.


The Statistics program in the Faculty of Science is administered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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Admission requirements for Statistics and Actuarial Science

Students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12: see program-specific requirements for the Faculty of Science. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Science
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Statistics or (available only in Fall) Statistics - 1st yr Surrey

The minor program

See the description in the Academic Calendar. You can add a  minor to any major.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Actuary
  • Benefits Administrator
  • Budget Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Investment Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Numerical Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Statistician
  • Visual Analyst