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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Science, Eberly College

Statistics

University Park, Eberly College of Science (STAT)

PROFESSOR DAVID HUNTER, Head, Department of Statistics

This major helps prepare students with interests in mathematics, computation, and the quantitative aspects of science for careers in industry and government as statistical analysts, or for further graduate training in statistics. The major includes five options: An Actuarial Statistics Option for students interested in working as actuaries in the insurance or business fields; an Applied Statistics Option for students interested in a cross-disciplinary program, such as econometrics, or psychometrics; a Biostatistics Option for students interested in pursuing careers with pharmaceutical companies, research hospitals or other fields in which biological data is analyzed; a Graduate Study Option for students planning to go to graduate school in a statistics-related field; and a Statistics and Computing Option for students wishing to combine statistical expertise with programming skills.

In order to be eligible for entrance into the Statistics major, a student must have: 1) Attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. 2) Completed MATH 140 GQ(4) and MATH 141 GQ(4); and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Statistics a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6-15 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 80-95 credits
(This includes 6-15 credits of General Education: 0-9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses, 0-6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 34 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 220 GQ(2-3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1], STAT 200(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 414(3)[1], STAT 415(3)[1], STAT 461(3)[1], STAT 462(3)[1], STAT 470W(3)[1], STAT 480(1)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 47-57 credits

ACTUARIAL STATISTICS OPTION: 53 credits

Students who major in statistics with the actuarial statistics option and who wish to complete a concurrent major in mathematics may not choose the actuarial mathematics option in mathematics. Any other option in mathematics is acceptable.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (28 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ACCTG 211(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
FIN 301(3)[1], R M 302(3)[1], R M 410(3)[1], R M 411(3)[1], R M 412(3)[1], STAT 463(3)[1] (Sem: 4-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 102(3)[1], CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 200 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 201 GQ(3)[1], or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits from I E 434(3)[1]; I E 436(3)[1]; MATH 436(3)[1] or MATH 441(3)[1]; MATH 451(3)[1] or MATH 455(3)[1]; STAT 416(3)[1], STAT 440(3)[1], STAT 464(3)[1], STAT 466(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13 credits)
Select 13 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

APPLIED STATISTICS OPTION: (47 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 201 GQ(3)[1], or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 12 credits from I E 434(3)[1]; I E 436(3)[1], MATH 436(3)[1] or MATH 441(3)[1], MATH 451(3)[1] or MATH 455(3)[1], STAT 416(3)[1], STAT 440(3)[1], STAT 463(3)[1], STAT 464(3)[1], STAT 466(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (32 credits)
Select 32 credits from department list, including a minor in a supporting field other than Mathematics. (Sem: 1-8)
(Neither the mathematics major nor the six sigma minor, nor the risk management major with the actuarial science option may be used to satisfy the minor/concurrent major requirement. If a student wants to work in a supporting field that does not have a minor, he or she can propose a list of six appropriate courses and petition the Statistics Department for approval. It is the student's responsibility to justify the appropriateness of the proposed list. Students must receive a grade of C or better in each of these six courses.)

BIOSTATISTICS OPTION: (56-57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (8 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1] (Sem: 1-3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (28-29 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 201 GQ(3)[1], or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 7-8 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4)[1], BIOL 222(3)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1], BIOL 240W GN(4)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from 400-level BIOL courses[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits from I E 434(3)[1]; I E 436(3)[1], MATH 436(3)[1] or MATH 441(3)[1], MATH 451(3)[1] or MATH 455(3)[1], STAT 416(3)[1], STAT 440(3)[1], STAT 463(3)[1], STAT 464(3)[1], STAT 466(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (19-20 credits)
Select 19-20 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

GRADUATE STUDY OPTION: (47 credits)

A student completing the Graduate Study option will have earned a minor in mathematics in addition to a B.S. in Statistics. However, a student must fill out and submit the appropriate paperwork to the Mathematics Department in order for this minor to be officially recognized.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
MATH 312(3)[1], MATH 403(3)[1], MATH 404(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 201 GQ(3)[1], or CMPSC 202 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits from MATH 310(3)[1], MATH 311W(3-4)[1], MATH 421(3), MATH 422(3)[1], MATH 426(3), MATH 429(3), MATH 456(3)[1], MATH 468(3)[1], MATH 469(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)
Select 12 credits from I E 434(3)[1]; I E 436(3)[1], MATH 436(3)[1] or MATH 441(3)[1], MATH 451(3)[1] or MATH 455(3)[1], STAT 416(3)[1], STAT 440(3)[1], STAT 463(3)[1], STAT 464(3)[1], STAT 466(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (14 credits)
Select 14 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

STATISTICS AND COMPUTING OPTION: (47 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3)[1], CMPSC 122(3)[1], CMPSC 465(3)[1] (Sem: 1-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 3 credits from: CMPSC 360(3)[1] or MATH 311W(3-4)[1](Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 credits from CMPSC 221(3)[1], 400-level CMPSC [1] other than CMPSC/MATH 451 or CMPSC/MATH 455 (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits from I E 434(3)[1]; I E 436(3)[1], MATH 436(3)[1] or MATH 441(3)[1], MATH 451(3)[1] or MATH 455(3)[1], STAT 416(3)[1], STAT 440(3)[1], STAT 463(3)[1], STAT 464(3)[1], STAT 466(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (14 credits)
Select 14 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

Integrated B.S. in Statistics and Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.)

The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree with B.S. in Statistics and Master of Applied Statistics (M.A.S.) is designed to be completed in five years. This integrated degree will enable a select number of highly qualified and career-oriented students to obtain training in statistics focused on developing data analysis skills and exploration of core areas of applied statistics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The M.A.S. degree is a professional master's degree that emphasizes applications and does not provide as much training in the mathematical and statistical theory. The degree prepares students with interests in mathematics, computation, and the quantitative aspects of science for careers in industry and government as statistical analyst. Research divisions in the pharmaceutical industry, quality control and quality engineering divisions in manufacturing companies, clinical research units, corporate planning and research units, and other data-intensive positions require persons with training in mathematics, computation, database management, and statistical analysis, which this program will provide.

Application Process

The number of openings in the integrated B.S./M.A.S. program is limited. Admission will be based on specific criteria and the recommendation of faculty. Applicants to the integrated program:

  1. Must be enrolled in the Statistics B.S. program.

  2. Must have completed at least 60 credits of the undergraduate degree program including the two courses: STAT 414 and STAT 415, and the students must apply to the program prior to completing 110 credits.

  3. Must submit a transcript and a statement of purpose.

  4. Must present a departmental-approved plan of study in the application process in consultation with the M.A.S. program director.

  5. Must be recommended by the chair of the department's undergraduate program committee.

  6. Must be accepted into the M.A.S. program in Statistics.

For the IUG B.S./M.A.S. degree, 120 credits are required for the B.S. and 30 credits for the M.A.S. The following twelve graduate-level credits (number of credits in parentheses) can apply to both B.S. and M.A.S. degrees; six of these are at the 500 level:

STAT 414 (3) Introduction to Probability Theory
STAT 415 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
STAT 501 (3) Regression Methods
STAT 502 (3) Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments

Assuming all requirements for the B.S. are completed, students in the program can complete the B.S. degree and not advance to the M.A.S. Degree if they desire.

Degree Requirements

IUG Statistics B.S. prescribed Statistics courses: See above, but note that students in IUG Statistics B.S. take STAT 501 and 502 instead of STAT 460 and 462.

IUG Statistics M.A.S. requirement (30 credits)

STAT 414 (3) Introduction to Probability Theory
STAT 415 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
STAT 501 (3) Regression Methods
STAT 502 (3) Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
STAT 580 (2) Statistical Consulting Practicum I
STAT 581** (1) Statistical Consulting Practicum II
Electives (15) Choose from STAT 503-510 and the departmental list of additional courses for the M.A.S. program with the approval of the adviser.

**For all students in the M.A.S. program, the STAT 581 course will have a comprehensive written project report required as part of the course, which serves as the culminating experience.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2012(STAT); Summer Session 2003 (Integrated B.S./M.A.S.)

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-06-237A (STAT); 31-01-123 (Integrated B.S./M.A.S.)

Review Date: 04/10/2012

UCA Revision #1: 9/1/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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