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Mathematics: Statistics B.S.M.

All students must meet the University Requirements .

The statistics major offers two concentrations:

Pre-Medical Concentration

Quality Concentration

Major Requirements

Students receiving the B.S. in Mathematics may select statistics as their major. In addition, students receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences may concentrate in statistics as a part of their mathematics major. 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 base. 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.

Statistics majors may also minor in mathematics by completing:

MATH 021Calculus I4
MATH 022Calculus II4
MATH 052Fundamentals of Mathematics3
MATH 121Calculus III4
Credits in mathmatics at the 100-level6

Since statistics majors normally take MATH 021, MATH 022, MATH 121 and MATH 124, they just need two more mathematics courses at the 100-level or above.

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 052Fundamentals of Mathematics3
Choose two of the following:6
Ordinary Differential Equation
Intro to Numerical Analysis
Anyl in Several Real Vars I
Abstract Algebra I

Further details on the statistics major and minor curricula may be obtained from the director of the Statistics program. The Handbook for Mathematics and Statistics majors, available from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics office, also provides a wealth of useful information.

Pre-Medical Concentration in Statistics

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
General Chemistry for Majors 1
   and General 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
Fundamentals of Physics I
   and Fundamentals of Physics II
At least one year of biology with laboratory:8
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology

Exposure to medical research problems may be provided through supervised experiences in the College of Medicine’s Medical Biostatistics and Bioinformatics facility.

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.