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Mathematics & Statistics

BS in Statistics

The statistics bachelor of science degree program trains students in the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of numerical data. Statistics students learn to utilize statistical techniques to discover and investigate patterns, build preventative models, and control variability to improve decision making.

The science of statistics is a broad and challenging field. Its breadth can be seen in the way its ideas and techniques have found application in almost every field of study. Statistics has contributed organizational and analytical techniques that provide new insights in fields that range from the physical life and sciences to business, law, history, literature, and the social sciences.

Undergraduate students majoring in statistics have two tracks of study available to them. Those who intend to continue with graduate work in statistics or those with an interest in the theory of statistical methods should follow the sequence for mathematical statistics, which requires a strong background in mathematics. Students seeking to study with an emphasis on statistical techniques should follow the sequence for applied statistics. This track is especially appropriate as a secondary emphasis for students who have a strong interest in a field of application.

 

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval. 


Tracks

Mathematical Statistics and Applied Statistics 


University Requirements

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline 

Major Requirements

  • Mathematical Statistics:  47 credit hours with grades of C or better 
  • Applied Statistics:  54–55 credit hours with grades of C or better 

Course Requirements

Mathematical Statistics

  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) 
  • MATH-221 Calculus I (4) 
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4) 
  • MATH-313 Calculus III (4) 
  • MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3) 
  • MATH-501 Probability (3) 
  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) or STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) (with permission of department)
  • STAT-502 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3) 
  • STAT-515 Regression (3) 
  • STAT-516 Design of Experiments (3) 
  • Four additional courses at or above 300 in the department, of which two must have the prefix STAT- (STAT-514 cannot be used) as approved by an advisor. CSC-281 may substitute for a course with a prefix of MATH-. 

Applied Statistics

  • CSC-280 Introduction to Computer Science I (4) 
  • MATH-211 Applied Calculus I (4) or MATH-221 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH-222 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH-310 Linear Algebra (3) 
  • MATH-501 Probability (3) 
  • STAT-203 Basic Statistics with Calculus (4) or STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) (with permission of department)
  • STAT-302 Intermediate Statistics (3) 
  • STAT-502 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3) 
  • STAT-515 Regression (3) 
  • STAT-516 Design of Experiments (3) 
  • Two additional courses selected from the department as approved by a student’s advisor 
  • At least five additional courses in a related field, as approved by an advisor. The courses may be selected from more than one teaching unit, but must have a common theme or subject area in which statistics are applied.

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