Department of Statistics and Biostatistics

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Attention Current and Prospective Students

The Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at the California State University East Bay is excited to welcome new and returning students for the Fall 2021 semester.  As it stands right now, we are expecting to be mostly on-ground for the Fall semester.  It is important to recognize that this is subject to change at any time.  For the latest information, please visit our University's webpage ( 

Attention Students

Our department office will be closed in order to significantly reduce the density of campus population in the interest of safety and health for our students, staff, and faculty. 

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Data Science

What we offer related to Data Science!

CSUEB Statistics students face lower competition for course availability.

We offer courses directly related to Data Science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics include: R for Data Science, Data Visualization, Statistical Learning, Predictive Modeling, Training and Test Data, Statistical Natural Language Processing, Applied Deep Leaning, Time Series, Bayesian Statistics

Most important requirement for the BS Statistics Concentration in Data Science or Minor in Data Science is interest – the program is applied and hands on.  Study Data Science in the CSU East Bay College of Science.  Smaller undergraduate classes ~35 students per class.  We describe our major as: “Touch data” “Compute-more” “Calcu-less”

Most important application requirement for the MS Statistics Option in Data Science is interest – please apply for Fall Semester, but if you miss the deadline you can start Fall through OpenU and apply for Spring Semester.  Study Data Science in the CSU East Bay College of Science.  Our MS program is designed for continuing students who have completed any undergraduate degree and some prerequisite courses and for working adults.  Complete the degree in two years, 2 afternoons or 2 evenings per week.  Reasonable price – no $80,000 price tag, no CSU Business College $270 per UNIT fee, save approximately $8,640.  Program can be completed in 3 semesters by taking class four days a week, see the Graduate Advisor for details upon admission.  Afternoon and Evening classes.  Smaller graduate classes ~25 students per class.  We describe our program as:  “Touch data” "Work with small data to medium data to big data"  "100s of rows to 10's of millions to a billion+ rows of data"

Diversity of technical background valued, you can start from scratch or have a PhD or MD, retired professionals welcome!

Data and Software

Free Learning materials used in some classes

Our library has many of the books we use in classes and as references available online. 

Data Science Workgroup F2

On Friday's at 2pm the Data Science Workgroup meets. In the Fall Semester the STAT 694 can be taken for credit. Each semester students work on a research project applying Data Science Methods to data of interest.


Founded in 1964, the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics has offered applied statistics and computing to our students for 7 decades. CSU East Bay is one of the most diverse universities in the United States. We have valued and admitted students with diverse backgrounds. We have also admitted many students transitioning into Statistics and Data Analysis careers. Our Department has always been at the forefront of software and computational methods for Data Analysis.


Student and Alumni News

Welcome Message From the Chair

Joshua Kerr

On behalf of the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics here at CSU East Bay, I am writing this welcome message for any prospective student interested in a Statistics major, minor, or graduate degree. Our department is comprised of engaged faculty who strive for excellence in both teaching and research. Our programs are designed for a diverse student population with a diverse set of goals, whether it be to join the workforce or continue their education at the graduate level. We are excited to offer concentrations in Data Science in our newly redesigned undergraduate and graduate programs. I grew up in a small town in southern Maine and completed my undergraduate and Master’s degrees in that area. It was during that time, interacting with quality professors who possessed genuine care for their students, that I was led to take my first Statistics courses. My love for both Statistics and teaching stemmed from these positive experiences. I now wish to pay it forward to educate, guide, and mentor students who find their way into my classes and programs to set them on a path for lifelong success.

Dr. Joshua Kerr

Professor & Chair

Contact Us

Department of Statistics and Biostatistics
  • California State University, East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • North Science 229
  • Hayward, CA 94542