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BS in Statistics in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics is a four-year program that provides knowledge and skills in theoretical and applied statistics. With a thorough understanding and prognosis of uncertainty, statistics equips students with enough that will facilitate decision making. The program is designed for students who are interested in studying statistical science and data science that is useful in various stages of research processes. 


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in BS in Statistics are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations that will be helpful for college. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Reasoning of Mathematics
  • Set Theory/Logic
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Matrix Theory
  • Basic Programming
  • Statistical Software
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Mathematical Statistics

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Statistics are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding in the core areas of statistics, computing, and mathematics
  • Translate real-life problems into statistical problems
  • Generate information involving the conceptualization of a strategy for generating timely and accurate and reliable data
  • Identify appropriate statistical tests and methods and use these properly for the given problems

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in government agencies, health care organizations, insurance companies, financial institutes, or research institutions.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

The BS in Statistics does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Master’s degree followed by a Doctorate degree to gain expertise in the industry. 



Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Statistics may pursue a career path in government agencies, health care organizations, insurance companies, financial institutes, or research institutions. They may apply as a statistician, finance associate, auditing associate, bank teller, statistics professor, or a researcher.

Reviews of BS in Statistics graduates:

A. R.
◈ Studied Bachelor of Science in Statistics
◈ At University of the Philippines Diliman
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletAbout my college education: To be honest, it wasn’t an easy pass. I took accounting and business administration courses, both of which have quotas. I got a DPWAS (Degree Program with Available Slot) but since I was all set in studying at UP, I took the slot and chose the course that is similar to one of my favorite subjects in school, mathematics.

I studied Bachelor of Science in Statistics. In my four years in UP, I can say that I have lived a full college life. Yes, there were difficult times: the adjustment period when I was a freshman took its toll on me for a while, but the people I get to interact with made it endurable.

Studying Statistics is both challenging and fun. It is a vast science, encompassing data and processes used in almost all industries. There are a large part of the curriculum (until 3rd year I think) which focuses on the theoretical part; how the laws of statistics are fundamentally applied in real life were packed in the fourth year, that made my last year unbearable.

There are a lot of interpersonal skills necessary as a statistician. Gathering data, analyzing them, presenting this to people in a way they can use it requires interpersonal and analytical skills, the love for numbers, enjoys problem-solving, hardworking and a lot of “lakas ng loob”. I wasn’t very extroverted when I entered college, but it’s a practice I’ve learned along the way. Don’t worry, the curriculum allows growth in a lot of skills, even outside statistical processes. The school and the university are made for you to grow; you don’t have to be pressured to have all these skills. One thing though I’m certain you would need is the love to learn. Instill that in you and you’re good.

list bulletMy current job: I work as an Actuarial Analyst in an insurance company. It is one of the many career opportunities as a statistician while also applicable for graduates of mathematics.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: There are a lot of disciplines required to practice actuarial science, just one of them is statistics. Only a small degree of what I studied in Stat do I use in my current job. More specifically, these are probabilities, statistical models and processes. If one can take my word for it, I would still suggest statistics as a course if one intends to be an actuary in the future.
Compared with graduates of mathematics, statisticians learn beforehand about data presentation, data handling and management, etc. The actuary field is very reliant on mathematical formulas and concepts but in my opinion, those can be learned over time. But the skills imparted in studying a statistics course are crucial and I think that’s the edge of statisticians.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I graduated April 26, 2009 and started work May 20 of that year, so less than a month.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Statistics: Actuarial science have professional exams one can take every season (at least twice a year) that can improve your professional career and employment status. That being said, I think it is solid proof of how challenging and growing the actuarial profession is.

Furthermore, when I look up actuary in the internet, I found out that it always frequents lists of jobs/careers with satisfying salary level and income opportunities. So it's a win-win. You can look it up for further proof.
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