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Statistics, Behavioral Statistics

Today, most professional statistical training is received at the undergraduate, as well as at the graduate level. A major in statistics and a minor in any of the other related areas, such as mathematics, computer science, agriculture, biological sciences or social sciences provide a good blend of training suitable for many jobs in industry, government and academic institutions. It is becoming increasingly important for those in other disciplines to have good familiarity with basic statistical techniques and inference procedures.

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The Program

The Department of Statistics offers a major leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Two undergraduate minors are offered, one in applied statistics and the second in statistics. A graduate certificate in statistics is also available. A mathematics and statistics double major, the pre-actuarial science option and a degree in behavioral statistics are offered at the undergraduate level.

The department provides opportunities to study both applied and theoretical aspects of statistics. Computers are extensively used in statistics instruction, and statistical software packages and programs are utilized in various courses. Data analysis is an important aspect in applied statistics courses.

Career Opportunities

There are excellent opportunities in statistics. Major corporations and most government agencies continually look for talented individuals with this type of education. Since even greater job opportunities are open to those with advanced statistical training, many undergraduates proceed directly to graduate work in statistics. Many students combine statistics with areas such as business, education, economics or biology.

Career opportunities are varied. A statistician may:

  • consult in the design and analysis of clinical studies, evaluating new pharmaceutical agents;
  • design experiments for agricultural, ecological, environmental or energy-related studies;
  • determine mortality, morbidity and accident rates for an insurance company;
  • serve as an opinion pollster for a public relations firm or a television network;
  • develop theories of learning and behavior in conjunction with psychologists;
  • determine optimal combinations and evaluate performance of various chemicals in industrial setups;
  • conduct reliability and quality control studies in various industries; or
  • develop econometrics, time series and forecasting models for determining the cause and effects of various socio-economic variables on society.

Statisticians work closely with other scientists and researchers to develop new statistical techniques, adapt existing techniques, design experiments and direct analyses of surveys and retrospective studies.

Statisticians are ranked number one in best STEM jobs in 2017 according to U.S. News and World Report.

The Facilities

The campus has several computer clusters connected to the campus network and the Internet.  SAS, SPSS and Minitab are among the statistical packages available. Computer consultants are available to assist students if programming help is needed.

 

Statistics Curriculum

For a statistics major, 12 to 15 credits in mathematics, three to seven credits in computer science and 22 to 25 credits in statistics are required. A minor in one of the following areas is also required: social science, physical science, biological sciences, business, mathematics or computer science.

Students interested in biostatistics may minor in biological sciences, approved by the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

A student interested in business statistics may minor in business administration.

Pre-Actuarial Option

A joint degree with mathematics with a pre-actuarial science option is also available.

 

Behavioral Statistics Requirements

The behavioral statistics degree is a joint effort between the Department of Statistics and the Department of Psychology. Students wishing to obtain a degree in behavioral statistics should consult with an advisor in both departments. Employment opportunities include working with medical or Medicare data. Graduates of this program are expected to have good quantitative reasoning skills and strong people skills.

The Faculty

Seung Won Hyun, Ph.D., Associate Professor
     University of Missouri, 2010
     Field: Optimal Designs, Adaptive Design, Clinical Trials

Rhonda C. Magel, Ph.D., Professor, Chair
     University of Missouri, 1982
     Field: Nonparametrics, Inference Under Order Restrictions, Regression

Megan Orr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
     Iowa State University, 2012
     Field: Gene Expression Analysis, High-Dimensional Data Analysis, Multiple Testing

Gang Shen, Ph.D., Associate Professor
     Purdue University, 2009
     Field: Mathematical Statistics, Asymptotic Theory, Bayesian Analysis, Change-Point Problem

Ronald Degges, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Practice
     North Dakota State University, 2011
     Field: Survival Analysis, Nonparametrics and Regression

Yarong Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
     Northern Illinois University, 2010
     Field: Bioinformatics, Geostatistics, Machine Learning

Statistics Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

Freshman

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

MATH 129 Basic Linear Algebra

3

MATH 165 Calculus I

4

MATH 166 Calculus II

4

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

CSCI 114 Microcomputer Packages

3

Gen Ed Wellness

2

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences/Gen Ed Global Perspectives/

     Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

 

16

 

16

Sophomore

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

STAT 367 Probability

3

STAT 368 Statistics

3

STAT 461 Applied Regression Models

3

CSCI 160 Computer Science I

4

MATH 265 Calculus III

4

Minor Requirement

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Global Perspectives/

     Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts

3

Gen Ed Science & Technology with Lab

4

Gen Ed Science & Technology

3

 

17

 

16

Junior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

Statistics Elective

6

STAT Elective

3

Minor Requirement

3

Minor Requirement

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences

3

Gen Ed Upper Division Writing

3

CSCI 222 or MATH 270 Discrete Mathematics or

     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Social & Behavioral
     Sciences

3

 

15

 

12

Senior

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

STAT Elective

3

STAT 462

3

Minor Requirement

3

STAT Elective

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Social & Behavioral
     Sciences

3

Minor Requirement

4

Electives

6

Electives

3-6

 

15

 

13-16

Total Credits: 120-123

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

Morrill Hall
Room 221


Morrill Hall is located on the south end of campus on Albrecht Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Dr. Rhonda Magel, Chair
Department of Statistics
North Dakota State University
Morrill 221
Dept #2770, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7177 / Fax: (701) 231-8734
Email:Rhonda.Magel@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/statistics/

Office of Admission
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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