BA in Statistics

Degree Program Description

Statistics is a modern science concerned with making decisions and inferences from empirical data subject to random variability and error. It deals with designing experiments, sample surveys, summarizing numerical information, building and analyzing statistical models, prediction and choosing between alternate actions. Statistics can tell us how much safer it is to fly than drive, the odds of winning the lottery, our life expectancy and who is likely to win the next election.  The BA in Statistics allows students to pursue either a traditional track or an applied track.  Students who are interested in graduate study are strongly encouraged to follow the traditional track.   All students are encouraged to supplement their work in statistics with courses from areas such as economics, biology, accounting, finance, marketing, management, psychology, sociology, engineering, agriculture and atmospheric science. Because of its importance as a scientific method, the demand for trained statisticians has grown in education, medicine, government, business and industry as well as in the biological, social and physical sciences. Students are trained to meet this demand and develop careers in teaching and research.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete the university general education requirements and the Department Degree Requirements, in addition to the degree requirements below.

Mathematics courses
Traditional track
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5
MATH 1700Calculus II5
MATH 2300Calculus III3
MATH 4140Matrix Theory3
Applied track
MATH 1500Analytic Geometry and Calculus I5-6
or MATH 1300
MATH 1400
Finite Mathematics
and Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I

6 additional credits in statistics (beyond those used to fulfill the statistics requirements of the degree) or approved statistically-oriented courses; must be numbered 4000 or above and may not include STAT 4050 Connecting Statistics to Middle and Secondary Schools

Statistics Courses
Traditional Track
STAT 4970Senior Seminar3
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
or STAT 4750 Introduction to Probability Theory
STAT 3500Introduction to Probability and Statistics II3
or STAT 4760 Statistical Inference
12 additional credits offered by the department, at least 9 of which must be numbered 3000 or above and may not include STAT 4050: Connecting Statistics to Middle and Secondary Schools or more than 3 credits of STAT 4999: Departmental Honors in Statistics
Applied Track
STAT 4970Senior Seminar3
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
or STAT 4760 Statistical Inference
or STAT 3500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics II
21 additional credits offered by the department, at least 18 of which must be numbered 3000 or above and may not include STAT 4050: Connecting Statistics to Middle and Secondary Schools or more than 3 credits of STAT 4999: Departmental Honors in Statistics
Computing Courses
Both tracks
INFOTC 1040Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 1160+5MATH 15005
ENGLSH 1000+3INFOTC 10403
Elective3Foreign Language II+5
Foreign Language I+5American History or Government+3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 17005MATH 23003
STAT 25003STAT 35003
Foreign Language III+3Behav Science Elective+3
WI Elective3Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3
 Soc Science Elective+3
 14 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 41403Behav Sci Elective+3
Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3
Soc Science Elective+3STAT 45303
STAT 45103STAT 41103
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 47503STAT 47603
Hum/Fine Arts elective3STAT 4970+3
Electives9Electives8
 15 14
Total Credits: 120
*

Courses used as area in lieu of foreign language

+

Course meets University General Education and/or campus requirements

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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