BS 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 BS 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. Students pursuing the BS degree may elect to take an alternative to a foreign language.  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 ProgramRequirements

Students must complete the university general education requirements and 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 courses (beyond those used to fulfill the statistics requirements of the degree) or approved statistically-oriented courses; must be numbered 4000 or above
Statistics courses
Traditional Track
STAT 4970WJunior/Senior Seminar - Writing Intensive3
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 4970WJunior/Senior Seminar - Writing Intensive3
STAT 4710Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (STAT 4970W)3
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
AND 3 additional credits in computer science or other approved computing courses (STAT 4110: Statistical Software and Data Analysis may be used as part of this requirement if it is not counted in statistics group above.)
Professional writing courses
ENGLSH 2030Professional Writing3

Foreign Language Option for Students Pursuing a BS Degree

Students pursuing the BS degree may elect to take an alternative to a foreign language. Such students must complete no fewer than 12 upper-class credits that are not from the parent department, are not normally required of departmental majors and do not appear elsewhere in the graduation plan. This program must be carefully planned to form a coherent unit and must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

The following are examples of foreign language alternatives:

  • mathematical sciences
  • biological sciences
  • behavioral sciences
  • physical sciences
  • business
  • engineering
  • economics

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
Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3Soc/Behav Science Elec+3
American History of Government+3Bio/Phys Science lab+5
Elective3 
 17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 17005MATH 23003
STAT 25003STAT 35003
ENGLSH 20303Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3
Hum/Fine Arts Elective+3WI Elective+3
Elective3Elective3
 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 41403STAT 45303
STAT 45103STAT 41103
Elective6Soc/Behav Science Elective*3
Foreign Language Substitute*3Foreign Language Substitute*3
 Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 47503STAT 47603
Electives9STAT 4970W3
Foreign Language Substitute*3Electives4
 15 10
Total Credits: 120

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