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The word Tonggye is the Korean word for "statistics," which means, in its Chinese origin, "to gather and calculate." In English, "statistics" originally referred to the collection and application of the demographic and economic data necessary for governance. Due to the origin of the word, most people have a tendency to think of statistics as simply a study of gathering information for graphical representation or for calculating a specific value (average, dispersion, etc.).

Modern statistics, however, is a study of scientific data analysis, collecting, classifying, and summarizing necessary research data and analyzing the limited data in order to draw rational conclusions. Statistics is based on logical thinking and objective facts; its definition of the relationship between cause and result is dependent on the way it determines generality and probability.

Especially, statistical methods can be used to examine research hypothesis and analysis results for its implications as to what kind of conclusions it supports. Because statistics is a scientific method of data analysis, it is applicable to a wide variety of areas seeking to find meaningful information about their objects of study. Statistics is now widely used in almost all academic disciplines including economics, business, social sciences, political sciences, education, medicine, biology, and engineering. It is considered especially important in the fields of economics, psychology, and biology in particular, leading to the creation of independent academic subjects: econometrics, psychometrics, and biostatistics.



The Department of Statistics established in the College of Natural Sciences


Master’s Degree program launched


The Department of Statistics incorporated into the Division of Natural Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences


Incorporated into the Division of Mathematical Sciences


Incorporated into the Division of Natural Sciences


Incorporated into the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Aim of Education

The Department of Statistics also provides students in other fields with the statistical analysis skills necessary for their research. The curriculum of the Department of Statistics is based on the following educational goals:

  • To help freshmen and sophomore students acquire the primary education necessary to develop the fundamental concepts and theory of statistics.
  • To help junior and senior students learn pure statistics theories, as well as various methodologies of statistics and their applications.
  • To help students become statistical experts by teaching the basic statistical concepts of other fields such as mathematical statistics, applied statistics, and computational statistics.
  • To help students of other departments solve problems related to their majors by using statistical methods.
Special Features

Statistics is a study that enables us to make reasonable decisions and forecasts by analyzing natural, social, and economic phenomena as well as many other areas through a scientific approach. Our program trains students to become experts in data analysis and data processing which, our society, revolving around the information industry, requires. Our goal is to produce experts with specialized knowledge in statistics who will work in banking, insurance, stocks, and other financial areas. In addition, analyzing big data has become one of the most popular areas of statistics as the demand for it has been on the rise.

Careers and Graduate School Destination

Most graduate work in major universities and research centers throughout the country. Others apply their statistical knowledge and skills in diverse areas such as educational and governmental institutions as well as commercial industries.