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 to graduate school in statistics/biostatistics, data science 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 3000-level (or higher) mathematics (MATH) or statistics (STAT) courses may be used to satisfy “Core Curriculum” and “Major Courses” requirements.
All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.
All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.
All students must meet the College Requirements.
A minimum of 120 credits is required.
Statistics majors may count no more than two of the following courses toward their degree requirements: STAT 1050, STAT 1110, STAT 1410, and STAT 2430. Credit not given for more than one of STAT 1410 and STAT 2430. STAT 2430 is recommended.
A. Core Curriculum
|CEMS 1500||CEMS First Year Seminar||1|
|SPCH 1400||Effective Speaking||3|
|MATH 1234||Calculus I 1||4|
|MATH 1248||Calculus II||4|
|MATH 2248||Calculus III||4|
|MATH 2522||Applied Linear Algebra||3|
|or MATH 2544||Linear Algebra|
|CS 1210||Computer Programming I||3|
|STAT 1410||Basic Statistical Methods 1||3|
|or STAT 2430||Statistics for Engineering|
|STAT 2830||Basic Statistical Methods 2||3|
|STAT 2870||Basics of Data Science||3|
|STAT 3010||Stat Computing&Data Anlysis||3|
|STAT 3210||Advanced Statistical Methods||3|
|STAT 2510||Applied Probability||3|
|STAT 3410||Statistical Inference||3|
|STAT 4810||Capstone Experience||1-8|
|or STAT 3996||Undergrad Honors Thesis|
A student with a MATH 1234 waiver can use it to fulfill the requirement of MATH 1234 in the Core Curriculum. However, at least three extra credits of mathematics numbered above MATH 1242 must be added to the Major Courses requirement.
B. Major Courses
Three additional credits of statistics at the 3000-level or above, so that a total of at least forty-five credits in the core and major classes are earned, and a total of eighteen credits in the core and major classes are at the 3000-level or above.
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 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 2100 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 2000-level 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.
Optional Pre-Medical Concentration
Each student electing the Pre-Medical concentration in statistics will fulfill the general requirements for the statistics major. STAT 3000 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 Elem Physic Problem Solving II
|Fundamentals of Physics I|
and Fundamentals of Physics II
|At least one year of biology with laboratory:||8|
|Principles of Biology 1|
|Principles of Biology 2|
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 2055||Fundamentals of Mathematics||3|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|Ordinary Diffrntl Equation|
|Intro to Numerical Analysis|
|Anyl in Several Real Vars I|
|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 and allied field).