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Biometry and Statistics

What is Biometry?

Biometry is the application of mathematics and statistics to problems in the agricultural, environmental, and biological sciences.

The work of Professor Alon Keinan views modern human health through the lens of human evolution.

What are the differences among statistics, biostatistics, and biometrics?


Is a set of tools for collecting and summarizing data, and for using the data to draw the inference from the population which it is supposed to represent


Usually refers to the application of statistics to the biological sciences, especially those relating to medical sciences. The statistical methods used in biostatistics do not differ substantially from those used in statistics. However, academic departments of biostatistics often have more faculty and students involved in applications of statistical methods to data compared to statistics departments. At many universities, the department of biostatistics is located in the medical school or a related college.


Is the application of mathematics and statistics to problems with a biological component, including the problems in agricultural, environmental, and biological sciences as well as medical science. These include mathematical modeling, computational biology, applied mathematics, and statistical methods. Academic departments of biometrics are often located in agricultural colleges, or colleges focusing on applied biology.

What are the course requirements for undergraduate studies in Biometrics?

The Biometry and Statistics program includes about 65-70 undergraduates enrolled as majors. They are pretty evenly divided among the four classes, freshmen through seniors; we graduate about 15-20 majors per year. This makes us a small program, in which the students and faculty all become well acquainted with one another. For further information about the courses for graduates see the graduate section.