Integrating Programming into Statistics Curricula

Jonathan Duggins & Justin Post (North Carolina State University)


"As the demand increases for statistics graduates who can demonstrate strong programming skills and an ability to implement computational solutions, undergraduate programs must adapt to meet those needs. A natural question is how to best incorporate the development of strong programming skills in an undergraduate statistics curriculum. This birds-of-a-feather session would focus on three main questions that our undergraduate team at North Carolina State University has recently addressed as part of a curriculum redesign proposal.

  1. At what point(s) in such a curriculum should programming courses be included?
  2. Should programming be vertically (or otherwise) integrated into non-programming courses or only offered as stand-alone courses?
  3. What software package(s) should be included in the curriculum to best prepare the students?"