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BS Biometry and Statistics

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

50712 USD
33968 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1550
ACT (avg)33

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About this course

Biometry and Statistics majors learn to use quantitative methods to solve problems in the biological, physical, and social sciences. Biometry is the application of statistics, mathematics, computing, and other quantitative methods to phenomena and problems in the life sciences. Statistics is concerned with many aspects of scientific investigations: developing and studying the design and measurement aspects of investigations, executing investigations and collecting numerical information, summarizing the data obtained, and making inferences from the data.

Career Opportunities
Biometry and Statistics majors have many career opportunities and possibilities for graduate study. Career choices are as varied as the fields of application of statistics. Collecting and using data effectively are vital activities in many organizations. Biometricians and statisticians collaborate in:

  • academic, biomedical, and industrial research
  • theoretical and applied research
  • data analysis from diverse fields
  • censuses and surveys
  • teaching
  • consulting
  • statistical computing
  • actuarial work
  • operations research
  • quality control
  • systems analysis

They are employed in many types of corporations, particularly insurance and actuarial, consulting, marketing research, pharmaceutical, and chemical. Biometricians and statisticians also work in federal, state, and local government agencies, including those concerned with the census, labor statistics, the environment, and agriculture. They are employed in not-for-profit organizations, such as research hospitals, and at colleges and universities as faculty members, research associates, and statistical consultants.

Examples of jobs chosen by recent graduates include:

  • actuarial positions in insurance and in consulting firms (Big Five and smaller firms)
  • statistical analyst at a research hospital
  • research analyst at the Office of Statistical Information of the New York State Assembly
  • assistant portfolio manager and trader at a life insurance company
  • project assistant at a survey and market research company
  • medical marketing analyst at a pharmaceutical service firm

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Eligibility Criteria

Test Requirements
All international students must meet the same test requirements as our first-year or our transfer applicants.  SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Test requirements cannot be waived based on the completion or submission of IB, A-levels, or other international credentials.

TOEFL and IELTS Testing Requirements
International freshman and transfer applicants for whom English is not the first language must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The recommended minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL - Score of 100 (Internet-based exam) and 600 (paper exam)
  • IELTS - Score of 7

TOEFL/IELTS testing policy exemptions:
The TOEFL and/or IELTS requirement for international applicants is waived for students achieving a score of at least 670 on the Critical Reading section of the SAT exam OR for students who have studied for at least four years in the U.S. or other nations where English is an official language. You can request a TOEFL waiver. Please note that Cornell does NOT waive the TOEFL/IELTS test requirement for students who have attended an English-speaking school in a non-English speaking country.

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Course Modules

Major in Biometry
Courses and Academic Options
With their faculty advisors, students plan individual schedules that draw upon the courses in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the other colleges at Cornell. The core elements of the Biometry and Statistics major include calculus, matrix algebra, statistical methods, probability, statistical theory, and computing. In addition, courses in the biological sciences, humanities, social sciences, and written and oral expression are required as part of the college's distribution requirements.

The number of courses required specifically for the Biometry and Statistics major is not large, and each student is encouraged to develop a concentration of courses in a related area. Recent students have taken advanced course work in biology (to prepare for graduate school in biostatistics or medical school), in business management and economics (to prepare for a quantitative business emphasis), in mathematics (to prepare for graduate school in statistics), in education (to prepare for a teaching career), in computing (to prepare for a variety of computer-intensive careers and graduate programs), and in other disciplines.

Three courses of a special nature are also offered:

  • Supervised Teaching
  • Statistical Consulting
  • Research

Students who wish to gain teaching experience can enroll in Supervised Teaching, where duties typically include leading a discussion section or laboratory section, participating in the grading of homework assignments, and holding office hours for a course taught by a faculty member.

Advanced undergraduate students can also take Statistical Consulting to gain practical experience in the applications of statistics. They participate in the Statistical Consulting Service operated by the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology, in which faculty members provide statistical expertise to faculty, staff, and students engaged in research projects throughout the university, and occasionally beyond.

In addition, a student can obtain research experience by completing a research project in biometry or statistics under the direction of a faculty member. Due to the foundation of coursework needed to provide a student with the tools and perspective essential for independent research, the project is conducted during the student's senior year. Students often record project results in the form of a senior honors thesis.

Biometry and Statistics Undergraduate Tracks
Required courses for General Statistics concentration:

  • 4 additional Advanced Courses from the list below, including at least 2 courses from the Statistics list

Required courses for the Statistical Genomics concentration:

  • BIOMG 2800 - Lectures in Genetics and Genomics

Two courses from

  • BTRY 4820 - Statistical Genomics: Coalescent Theory and Human Population Genomics
  • BTRY 4830 - Quantitative Genomics and Genetics
  • BTRY 4840 - Computational Genomics
  • BIOMG 4870 - Human Genomics

Plus one more advanced statistics elective.

Required courses for the Actuarial Studies concentration:
Three courses from:

  • BTRY 3090 - Theory of Interest
  • STSCI 4270 - Introduction to Survival Analysis
  • STSCI 4550 - Applied Time Series Analysis
  • AEM 2241 - Finance or ECON 4220 - Financial Economics
  • AEM 4210 - Derivatives and Risk Management or ECON 4240 - Financial Economics, Derivatives, and Risk Management

Required courses for the Mathematical Statistics concentration:

  • MATH 3110 - Introduction to Analysis or MATH 4130 - Honors Introduction to Analysis I
  • CS 1110 - Introduction to Computing Using Python/CS 1112 - Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB.

At least one of:

  • MATH 4740 - Stochastic Processes
  • CS 2110 - Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures.

One additional advanced statistics elective.

Advanced Course List for the Biometry and Statistics Major

  • TRY 3100 / ILRST 3100 / STSCI 3100 Statistical Sampling
  • BTRY 4100 / ILRST 4100 / STSCI 4100 Multivariate Analysis
  • BTRY 4140 / ILRST 4140 / STSCI 4140 Applied Design
  • BTRY 4270 / STSCI 4270 Survival Analysis
  • BTRY 4820 Statistical Genomics
  • BTRY 4830 Quantitative Genomics and Genetics
  • BTRY 4840 Computational Genomics
  • BTRY 4940 Special Topics (as appropriate)
  • BTRY 4110 / ILRST 4110 / STSCI 4110 Categorical Data
  • BTRY 6150 Applied Functional Data Analysis
  • BTRY 6520 Computationally Intensive Statistical Inference
  • BTRY 6790 / CS 6782 Probabilistic Graphical Models
  • ILRST 6140 Structural Equations w/ Latent Variables
  • ILRST 6190 Special Topics in Social Statistics
  • NTRES 6700 Spatial Statistics
  • ORIE 3510 Stochastic Processes
  • STSCI 4740 / ORIE 4740 Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • STSCI 4550 / ILRST 4550 / ORIE 5550 Applied Time Series Analysis

Other Advanced Electives:

  • BTRY 4810 / BIOMG 4810 Population Genetics
  • BIOMG 4870 Human Genomics
  • BIONB 3300 Computational Neuroscience
  • BIONB 4220 Behavioral Evolution
  • BTRY 4381 Bioinformatics Programming
  • CEE 5970 Risk Analysis and Management
  • CS 1110 or CS 1112 Introduction to Computing Using Python/Matlab
  • CS 2110 Object-Oriented Programming
  • CS 3220 Scientific Computation
  • CS 4210 Numerical Analysis
  • CS 4520 Bioinformatics
  • CS 4780 Machine Learning
  • ECON 4020 Game Theory
  • ENTOM 4610 Model-Based Phylogenetics and Hypothesis
  • INFO 2950 Mathematical Methods for Information Science
  • MATH 3110 Introduction to Analysis
  • MATH 4130 Honors Introduction to Analysis I
  • MATH 4240 Wavelets and Fourier Series
  • MATH 4250 / CS 4210 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 4260 / CS 4220 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH 4410 Combinatorics
  • MATH 4740 Stochastic Processes
  • NTRES 4110 Quantitative Ecology & Management of Fisheries Resources
  • NTRES 4120 Wildlife Population Analysis
  • ORIE 4630 Empirical Finance
  • VTPMD 6660 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology



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How to Apply

Application Tips:

  • We want to review at least 3 years of secondary school records that list subjects you studied and marks received for each subject. State or national tests or other external exams taken should be included also (GCSE, Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, ICSE, etc.). If there is a provincial, national or other board exam you will take on completing school (A-Levels, Higher Secondary Certificate, I.B., German Abitur, etc.) please ask the school official who completes your secondary school report to include predicted marks.
  • All transcripts and certificates must be official and must be translated into English. If you have attended more than one school, you should request a separate transcript from each school.
  • Do not send supporting documents until you have sent your application.
  • Please do not send materials in plastic covers or multiple envelopes and do not bind application materials together in any way. Lengthy bound documents cannot be included with applications. If you have completed a special project, submit a one-page summary and letter of recommendation from the teacher or other person who supervised the project. Do not send copies of individual awards or distinctions. These personal accomplishments should be summarized on one page.
  • Although some colleges and universities require a statement or certification of finances as part of the application, Cornell University does not require this information during the application process. Please do not send this information with your application. If you are admitted to Cornell University, we will then request this information from you.

First-Year Applicants
any person...any study.
You are a first-year applicant if you'll complete high school during the 2015-16 academic year or if you've graduated from high school but have earned fewer than 12 credits at a college or university. Before you apply, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for your application.

Application Checklist
If you are a first-year applicant, before you press “send,” make sure you have completed all the application items using the checklist below.

  • The Common Application (CA) or Universal College Application (UCA)
  • The School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • The Midyear Report, when your mid-year grades are available
  • $80 application fee or fee waiver
  • Required standardized test scores (only scores sent directly to us from testing agencies are accepted)
  • Official secondary/high school transcript
  • Cornell University Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Cornell Supplement (UCA)
  • Items that are required by the Cornell undergraduate college or school to which you’ve applied: SAT Subject Test, interviews or portfolio and design submissions.

 International Students
At Cornell, we celebrate the great diversity and globalism of our university, its faculty, and students and we are excited that you are considering Cornell for your education. We invite you to explore what it is like learning at Cornell and living on our historic, beautiful campus in Ithaca, New York. 

Our applicants are an eclectic group, including international students who have moved among several countries or schools, U.S. citizens who have lived most of their lives abroad, or non-U.S. citizens completing school in the U.S. We read applications based on where you currently attend school, rather than by your citizenship status. Your application will be read with others from the school you attend and those from the same state (U.S.) or country.

Our international students follow the same application process as our first-year applicants or our transfer applicants.

Transfer Applicants
any person...any study.
You must apply to Cornell as a transfer student if you’ve graduated from high school and have earned 12 or more credits at another college or university since then. If you’ve enrolled as a full-time student at another institution, you’re also considered a transfer applicant.

Before you apply, be sure to review our checklist to make sure you have all the things you need for your transfer application.

Transfer Application Checklist
If you are a transfer applicant, before you press “send,” make sure you have completed all the application items using the checklist below. 

  • The Transfer Common Application (CA) or Universal College Application (UCA) including:
  • Academic Evaluation (CA) or Professor Recommendation (UCA)
  • College Report 
  • Mid-Term Report
  • Cornell University Transfer Questions and Writing Supplement (CA) or Transfer Supplement (UCA)
  • Standardized test scores (if taken)
  • Official secondary/high school and all college transcripts
  • $80 application fee or fee waiver
  • Items required by the Cornell undergraduate college or school to which you’ve applied:interviews, portfolio and design submissions, or course descriptions.


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