Statistics is a mathematical science extensively used in a wide variety of fields. Indeed, every discipline which gathers and interprets data uses statistical concepts and procedures to understand the information implicit in their data. Statisticians become involved in efforts to solve real world problems by designing surveys and experimental plans, constructing and interpreting descriptive statistics, developing and applying statistical inference procedures, and developing and investigating stochastic models or computer simulations. To investigate new statistical procedures requires a knowledge of mathematics and computing as well as statistical theory. To apply concepts and procedures effectively also calls for an understanding of the field of application and oral/written presentation skills.
The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter business, industry, or government as statisticians or data scientists; to become professional actuaries; or to continue on to graduate school in statistics/biostatistics or another field where quantitative ability is valuable (operations research, medicine, public health, demography, psychology, etc.). Students are encouraged to undertake special projects to gain experience in data analysis, design, and statistical computing. Also, experience may be gained with local industry and other organizations for those interested in quality control, industrial statistics, survey and market research or forecasting, for example.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences in CEMS may select statistics as their major. In addition, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences may concentrate in statistics as a part of their mathematics major.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences (Majoring in Statistics) are subject to the Academic Standards in CEMS outlined in this catalogue.
No more than three grades of D, D+, or D– in 200 level (or higher) mathematics (MATH) or statistics (STAT) courses may be used to satisfy “Core Curriculum” and “Major Courses” requirements.
A minimum of 120 credits is required. Students must satisfy all University requirements.
Statistics majors may count no more than two of the following courses toward their degree requirements: STAT 051, STAT 052, STAT 111, STAT 141, STAT 143, and STAT 211. Credit not given for more than one of STAT 141 and STAT 143. Recommended courses are STAT 141 or STAT 143 and STAT 211.
A. Core Curriculum
|CEMS 050||CEMS First Year Seminar||1|
|MATH 021||QR: Calculus I 1||4|
|MATH 022||QR: Calculus II||4|
|MATH 121||QR: Calculus III||4|
|MATH 122||QR: Applied Linear Algebra||3|
|or MATH 124||QR: Linear Algebra|
|CS 021||QR: Computer Programming I||3|
|STAT 183||QR:Basic Statistical Methods 2||3|
|STAT 187||QR: Basics of Data Science||3|
|STAT 201||QR:Stat Computing&Data Anlysis||3|
|STAT 221||QR: Statistical Methods II||3|
|Choose one of each of the following:||12|
|QR:Basic Statistical Methods 1|
or STAT 143
|QR: Statistics for Engineering|
or STAT 211
|QR: Statistical Methods I|
|QR: Applied Probability|
or STAT 251
|QR: Probability Theory|
|QR: Statistical Inference|
or STAT 261
|QR: Statistical Theory|
or STAT 293
|Undergrad Honors Thesis|
A student with a MATH 021 waiver can use it to fulfill the requirement of MATH 021 in the Core Curriculum. However, at least three extra credits of mathematics numbered above MATH 023 must be added to the Major Courses requirement.
B. Major Courses
An additional six credits of statistics, so that the total credits earned in statistics is at least twenty-four. A minimum of three additional credits in mathematics, statistics, or computer science courses numbered 100 or above, so that a total of at least forty-five credits in the core and major courses are earned. A total of eighteen credits in the combined core and major courses must be taken at the 200-level. No more than twelve credits can be taken in computer science.
Given the wide variety of paths after graduation pursued by students graduating with a B.S.MSC. in Statistics, the department does not list specific courses which must be taken in order to satisfy the Professional Development Electives requirement of the CEMS Core Curriculum. However, students should work with their advisor to find appropriate courses which are consistent with their future career goals.
C. Allied Field Courses
Twenty-four credits selected from the following Allied Fields:
- Physical Sciences
- Biological Sciences
- Medical Sciences
- Computer Science (CS 110 or higher)
- Agricultural Sciences
- Business Administration
- Environmental Sciences/Studies
- Natural Resources
Students, in consultation with their advisors, must plan a sequence of Allied Field courses consistent with their professional and personal goals. Students interested in pursuing intensive studies in an area not specifically listed are encouraged to plan a program with their advisor and submit it to the appropriate departmental committee for review and approval. The requirements are as follows:
Twenty-four credits selected from the above list of Allied Fields, including at least one laboratory experience in science or engineering. Of these twenty-four credits, at least six must be in courses numbered 100 or above, and at least six must be taken in fields 1 to 5. Courses used to satisfy requirement B above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
D. Humanities and Social Science Courses
(Courses used to satisfy requirement C above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)
SPCH 011 and twenty-one credits of courses selected from categories I, II, and III listed below. These twenty-one credits must be distributed over at least two categories, and at least six credits must be taken in each of the two categories chosen.
The requirements of this section satisfy the Humanities and Social Sciences requirement of the CEMS Core Curriculum.
Category I: Language and Literature
American Sign Language (ASL); Arabic (ARBC); Chinese (CHIN); Classics (CLAS); English (ENGS); English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); Foreign Language (LANG); French (FREN); German (GERM); Greek (GRK); Hebrew (HEBR); Italian (ITAL); Japanese (JAPN); Latin (LAT); Linguistics (LING); Portuguese (PORT); Russian (RUSS); Spanish (SPAN); World Literature (WLIT).
Category II: Humanities and Fine Arts
Art History (ARTH); Art Studio (ARTS); Dance (DNCE); Film & Television Studies (FTS); Humanities (HUMN); Music (MU); Philosophy (PHIL); Religion (REL); Speech (SPCH); Theatre (THE).
Category III: Social Sciences
Anthropology (ANTH); Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD); Community Development & Applied Economics (CDAE); Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES); Economics (EC); Environmental Studies (ENVS); Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (GSWS); Geography (GEOG); Global & Regional Studies (GRS); History (HST); Holocaust Studies (HS); Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS); Political Science (POLS); Psychological Science (PSYS); Sociology (SOC); Vermont Studies (VS).
Optional Pre-Medical Concentration
Each student electing the Pre-Medical concentration in statistics will fulfill the general requirements for the statistics major. STAT 200 is recommended as an important elective for students interested in medicine or allied health. In addition, the pre-medical concentration should include, at a minimum:
|Two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory:||16|
|Choose one of the following sequences:|
|General Chemistry 1|
and General Chemistry 2
|Organic Chemistry for Majors 1|
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
|Complete the following sequence:|
|Organic Chemistry 1|
and Organic Chemistry 2
|Choose one of the following physics sequences with laboratory:||7-8|
|Physics for Engineers I|
and Physics for Engineers II
and Introductory Lab II
|Fundamentals of Physics I|
and Fundamentals of Physics II
|At least one year of biology with laboratory:||8|
|Principles of Biology|
|Principles of Biology|
Double Major in Mathematics and Statistics
Students may earn a double major in mathematics and statistics by meeting the requirements of the statistics major and earning an additional fifteen credits in mathematics, to include:
|MATH 052||QR:Fundamentals of Mathematics||3|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|QR:Ordinary Diffrntl Equation|
|QR:Intro to Numerical Analysis|
|QR:Anyl in Several Real Vars I|
|QR: Abstract Algebra I|
Note: Student pursuing the double major in mathematics and statistics must earn a total of 120 credits. The above outlined courses must be additional to the courses defined for the stat major (core, major, allied field and HSS).