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Statistics (STAT) - Archive

ARCHIVED FILE (major and minor separated November 2001)
Begin Date: Summer Session 2001
End Date: program current

Statistics (STAT) - Archive

PROFESSOR JAMES L. ROSENBERGER, 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. Research divisions in the pharmaceutical industry, quality control, and quality engineering divisions in manufacturing companies, clinical research units, corporate planning and analysis units, and other data intensive positions require persons with training in mathematics, computation, database management, and statistical analysis, which this major will provide. The major includes four options: a Biostatistics option, a Graduate Study option for students planning to go to graduate school in statistics, a Statistics and Computing option, and an Applied Statistics option for students interested in a cross-disciplinary program.

The Biostatistics option will give students interested in biological applications of statistics the appropriate training for pursuing their interests. Such training would be useful for students planning careers with pharmaceutical companies, research hospitals and many other fields in which biological data is analyzed.

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.

STATISTICS MINOR: Students must take MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), and STAT 480(1). They must also take either STAT 318-319(6) or STAT 414-415(6) and 6 credits from STAT 416(3), 460(3), 462(3), and 464(3) for a total of 21 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

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)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

ELECTIVES: 1-2 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 80-88 credits
(This includes 6-15 credits of General Education; 0-9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 46-49 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (35 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 220 GQ(2)[1], STAT 220(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 414(3)[1], 415(3)[1], 416(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
STAT 460(3)[1], 462(3)[1], 464(3)[1], 470(3)[1], 480(1)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11-14 credits)
CSE 103 GQ(4), CMPSC 201C GQ(3), or 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 230(4)[1] or 231(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CSE 451(3) or 455(3) (Sem: 5-8)
MATH 484(3) or I E 405(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 31-42 credits

BIOSTATISTICS OPTION:_36-42 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (8 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1) (Sem: 1-3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14 credits)
Select 8 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), 222(3) and 223(1), 230W GN(4), 240W GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 6 credits from 400-level BIOL courses (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (17-20 credits)
Select 17-20 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

GRADUATE STUDY OPTION: 31-34 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
MATH 403(3), 404(3) (Sem: 5-8)
CSE 456(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from MATH 310(3), 421(3), 426(3), 429(3), 441(3), 457(3), 468(3), 485(3), 486(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (13-16 credits)
Select 13-16 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

Note: Students completing the Graduate Study option will have earned a minor in mathematics in addition to a B.S. in Statistics.

STATISTICS AND COMPUTING OPTION: 31-34 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
CSE 120(3), 260(3), 312(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CSE 441W(3), 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from CSE 418(3), 456(3), 460(3), or 481(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (11-14 credits)
Select 11-14 credits from department list (Sem: 1-8)

APPLIED STATISTICS OPTION: 31-34 credits

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (31-34 credits)
(A maximum of 12 credits of Independent Study (296, 496) may be applied toward credits for graduation.)
Select 31-34 credits from department list, including a minor in a supporting field (Sem: 1-8) (If a student wants to work in a supporting area 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.)

[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: Summer Session 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-07-150

Review Date: 04/10/01

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