Statistics - BS

Statistics is the science of collecting and analyzing data for the purpose of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Data are ubiquitous in the modern day and age, and statisticians are in high demand. Multidisciplinary application areas vary widely and include health and medicine, business, engineering, physical sciences, environmental studies, and government. The curriculum in statistics provides instruction in all necessary areas, including a foundation in mathematics and probability, strategies for designing studies and collecting data, the visualization and analysis of data using popular software such as SAS and R, and the process of using sample data to draw conclusions about a population. Depending on the electives selected, a student completing this program will be prepared to enter employment as a statistical analyst or to continue to graduate school in statistics or a related field.

The following is a suggested schedule that includes the required courses for the BS in Statistics. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
American history 3
MATH 171Analytic Geometry and Calculus 4
Science elective 14
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
American history 3
MATH 172Calculus 4
STAT 182Foundations of Statistics 1
Computer science elective 24
Science elective 14
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Communication requirement 33
MATH 221Several Variable Calculus 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 3
Science elective 13
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 304 or MATH 323Linear Algebra or Linear Algebra 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
STAT 212Principles of Statistics II 3
Computer science elective 24
Elective hours 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
STAT 404Statistical Computing 3
STAT 414Mathematical Statistics I 3
Mathematics elective 53
Outside specialization elective 63
Elective hours 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
STAT 408Introduction to Linear Models 3
STAT 415Mathematical Statistics II 3
Outside specialization elective 63
Elective hours 46
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
STAT 406Design and Analysis of Experiments 3
Mathematics or Statistics elective 5,73
Statistics elective 73
Outside specialization elective 63
Elective hours 43
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
STAT 482Statistics Capstone 3
Statistics elective 73
Outside specialization elective 63
Elective hours 44
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Two lower-level science courses are to be selected from ASTR 111; BIOL 111; BIOL 112; CHEM 101/CHEM 111 or CHEM 103/CHEM 113; CHEM 102/CHEM 112 or CHEM 104/CHEM 114; PHYS 208; PHYS 218.  A third science course is to be selected from any course satisfying the life and physical sciences requirement for the University Core Curriculum.

2

Select 8 hours from CSCE 110, CSCE 111, CSCE 121, or CSCE 206.

3

Select 3 hours from COMM 203, COMM 205, or COMM 243, which fulfills the communication requirement for the University Core Curriculum.

4

Three elective hours must be chosen from the approved University Core Curriculum list for language, philosophy and culture, three elective hours must be chosen from the approved University Core Curriculum list for creative arts, and three elective hours must be chosen from the approved University Core Curriculum list for social and behavior sciences.  In addition, 6 hours of courses must be in the area of international and cultural diversity.  These may be in addition to University Core Curriculum courses, or if a course in this category satisfies an area of the Core, it can be used to meet both requirements.

5

Students must take at least one course from the following courses: MATH 220, MATH 308, MATH 409, MATH 410, MATH 417 or MATH 437, MATH 442, MATH 446, MATH 447, MATH 469, ISEN 320, ISEN 340, ISEN 355.  The student must take a total of at least 12 hours of mathematics and statistics elective courses.

6

Students must take 12 hours in an outside specialization area upon approval by a departmental advisor.  At least 6 hours must be upper level hours.

7

Students must take at least two courses from the following courses:  STAT 407, STAT 426, STAT 436, STAT 438, STAT 445, STAT 446, STAT 459, STAT 485, STAT 489, STAT 491, ISEN 350.  The student must take a total of at least 12 hours of mathematics and statistics elective courses.

*If a grade of D or F is earned in any of the following courses, MATH 151/MATH 171, MATH 152/MATH 172, MATH 221/MATH 251/MATH 253, MATH 220, MATH 304/MATH 323, STAT 211, or STAT 212, this course must be immediately retaken and a grade of C or better earned. The department will allow at most two D’s in upper-level (325-499) courses. If a third D is earned, one of the three courses in which a D was earned must be retaken and a grade of C or better earned.