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.
The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter business, industry, or government as statisticians; 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. Core Curriculum
|MATH 021||Calculus I 1||4|
|MATH 022||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 121||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 122||Applied Linear Algebra||3|
|or MATH 124||Linear Algebra|
|CS 021||Computer Programming I||3|
|STAT 201||Stat Computing & Data Analysis||3|
|STAT 221||Statistical Methods II||3|
|Choose one of each of the following:||12|
|Basic Statistical Methods|
or STAT 143
|Statistics for Engineering|
or STAT 211
|Statistical Methods I|
or STAT 251
or STAT 261
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 two 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.
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.
|I. Language and Literature||II. Fine Arts, Philosophy and Religion||III. Social Sciences|
|Chinese||Dance||Communication Sciences and Disorders|
|Classics||Film and Television Studies||Critical Race and Ethnic Studies|
|French||Philosophy||Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies|
|Greek||Speech||Global and Regional Studies|
|Japanese||Human Development and Family Studies|
E. Total Credits
A minimum of 120 credits is required. Students must satisfy all University requirements.
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|
Concentration in Quality
Students interested in methods of quality control and quality improvement are encouraged to develop a concentration in Quality. Regularly offered courses include STAT 224 and related courses in business administration such as BSAD 178 and others in the Production and Operations Management and Quantitative Method areas. Project experience in industrial quality control or in health care quality can be gained in STAT 191 and STAT 281, or STAT 293 - STAT 294.
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||Fundamentals of Mathematics||3|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|Ordinary Differential Equation|
|Intro to Numerical Analysis|
|Anyl in Several Real Vars I|
|Abstract Algebra I|