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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:

  1. consult in the design and analysis of clinical studies, evaluating new pharmaceutical agents;
  2. design experiments for agricultural, ecological, environmental or energy-related studies;
  3. determine mortality, morbidity and accident rates for an insurance company;
  4. serve as an opinion pollster for a public relations firm or a television network;
  5. develop theories of learning and behavior in conjunction with psychologists;
  6. determine optimal combinations and evaluate performance of various chemicals in industrial setups;
  7. conduct reliability and quality control studies in various industries; or
  8. 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.

The Facilities

The campus has several computer clusters connected to the campus network and the Internet. SAS, SPSS and mini tab 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.

The Faculty

  • Seung Won Hyun, Ph.D., Assistant 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., Assistant Professor
       Purdue University, 2009
       Field: Mathematical Statistics, Asymptotic Theory, Bayesian
       Analysis, Change-Point Problem
  • Ronald Degges, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice
       North Dakota State University, 2011
       Field: Survival Analysis, Nonparametrics and Regression
  • Tatjana Miljkovic, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Practice
       North Dakota State University, 2013
       Field: Actuarial
  • Yarong Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
       Northern Illinois University, 2010
       Field: Bioninformatics, Geostatistics, Machine Learning

Sample Curriculum for Statistics

(Statistics Major)

General Education RequirementsCredits
___________________________________________________
First Year Experience
  UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
Communication
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  English Upper Level Writing Course 3
Quantitative Reasoning
  MATH 165 - Calculus I4
Science & Technology10
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Wellness2
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective-
Total40
College and Department Requirements Credits
___________________________________________________
Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.S. Degree) 6
Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.A. Degree) 12
Second Year Language Proficiency (B.A. Degree) -
Total 6-12
Major Requirements Credits
___________________________________________________
MATH 129 - Basic Linear Algebra 2
MATH 166 - Calculus II 4
MATH 265 - Calculus III 4
STAT 367 - Probability 3
STAT 368 - Statistics 3
STAT 461 - Applied Regression Models 3
STAT 462 - Introduction to Experimental Design 3
STAT 476 - Actuary Exam Study II or
  STAT 491 - Seminar

1
Electives 15
Total 28
Related Requirements Credits
___________________________________________________
CSCI 126 - Beginning FORTRAN or
  CSCI 160 - Computer Science I or
   CSCI 227 - Computer Fundamentals I


3 or 4
CSCI 222 - Discrete Mathematics or
  MATH 270 - Introduction to Abstract Mathematics

3
Minor 16
Electives10-15
Total
48
CURRICULUM TOTAL 122-129

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.

Sample Curriculum for Behavioral Statistics

(Behavioral Statistics Major)

General Education RequirementsCredits
____________________________________________________
First Year Experience
  UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
Communication
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  English Upper Level Writing Course 3
Quantitative Reasoning
  STAT 330 - Introductory to Statistics3
Science & Technology
  BIOL 126 - Human Biology3
  CHEM 117, 117L - Chemical Concepts and application4
  CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
   CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers

3 or 4
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social & Behavioral Sciences
  ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology 3
  SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
Wellnesss2
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective-
Total40
College and Department Requirements Credits
____________________________________________________
Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.S. Degree) 6
Hum/Soc. Science Electives (B.A. Degree) 12
Second Year Language Proficiency (B.A. Degree) -
Total 6-12
Major Requirements Credits
____________________________________________________
PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 350 - Research Methods I 3
PSYC 351 - Research Methods II 3
PSYC 480 - History and Systems or
  PSYC 489 - Honors Thesis or
    STAT 491 - Seminar


1-3
STAT 331 - Regression Analysis 2
STAT 462 - Introduction to Experimental Design 3
STAT 470 - Statistical SAS Programming 3
200-400 Level Psychology Electives 6
400 Level Psychology Elective 3
Psychology Behavior Electives 9
Statistics Electives 6
Total 42-44
Related Requirements Credits
____________________________________________________
MATH 103 - College Algebra or
  MATH 104 - Finite Math

3
Electives 23-31
Total
26-34
CURRICULUM TOTAL 122-130

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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/

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