Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Statistics involve the analysis of numerical data. This ranges from the calculation of simple statistics to the mathematical theory behind very sophisticated statistical procedures. Professionals in areas such as agriculture, pharmacy, business, human development, and social sciences use statistical tools.
The Department of Statistics offers a major leading to a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree, as well as minors in statistics for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program is flexible enough to be individually planned around prior experience and in accord with professional goals. The program emphasis is on applied statistics, consulting, and computational methods.
The statistics major requirements include at least 24 credits in statistics. These requirements include the following:
STAT 367 Probability
STAT 368 Statistics
STAT 461 Applied Regression Models
STAT 462 Intro Experimental Design
STAT 491 Capstone Seminar
Five courses from the following:
CSCI 161 Computer Science II OR
CSCI 228 Computing Fund II OR
CSCI 418 Simulation Models
Math 429 Linear Algebra
STAT 450 Stochastic Processes
STAT 461 Bayesian STAT Dec Theory
STAT 460 Applied Survey Sampling
STAT 463 Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 464 Discrete Data Analysis
STAT 465 Meta-Analysis Methods
STAT 467 Probability/Math Stat I
STAT 468 Probability/Math Stat II
STAT 470 Stat SAS Programming
CSCI 126 Beginning FORTRAN OR
CSCI 160 Computer Science I OR
CSCI 227 Computing Fund I
CSCI 222 Discrete Math OR
MATH 270 Intro Abstract Math
MATH 129 Basic Linear Algebra
MATH 165 Calculus I
MATH 166 Calculus II
MATH 265 Calculus III
Minor in one of the following: Social Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, Business, Mathematics, or Computer Science (approved by faculty member in that discipline).
If a student were interested in Biostatistics, a possible minor would be biology, this would include the following set of courses: Biology 150, 150L, 151, 151L, and 10 credits at the 300-400 level in Biology, Botany, or Zoology.
If a student were interested in Business Statistics, a possible minor would be Business Administration. (Approval is needed by the College of Business Administration.)
Mathematics and Statistics Double Major
Pre-Actuarial Science option
Actuarial science is the study of the evaluation and measurement of risk. The actuary science option is a pre-professional program designed to provide the background needed to enter the field. Entrance into the profession is regulated under a system of examinations run by actuarial professional societies. The curriculum of the option is designed to prepare the student to pass several of these examinations.
The nature of the actuarial profession requires its practitioners to have a broad knowledge of finance, law, mathematics, management, and statistics. This option leads to a double major in mathematics and statistics with either a minor in economics or additional courses in business. Students selecting this option are requested to visit with both the actuarial advisers in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics early and often to confirm their progress and to inform themselves of changes in the examination curriculum.
Behavioral Statistics Major
This degree is a joint effort between the Department of Statistics and the Department of Psychology. It is recommended that a student wishing to obtain a degree in Behavioral Statistics consult with an adviser in both departments. This major prepares students for careers involving collecting and analyzing data on human behavior, for example, in Medicare, insurance, market research, or health, educational and social services. Graduates of this program are expected to have good quantitative reasoning skills and to have strong people skills. Please note: this curriculum also fulfills requirements for the B.S. in Psychology. A sample curriculum for this degree is given below.