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Statistics (STAT) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2004 (STAT); Summer Session 2003 (Integrated B.S./M.A.S.)
End Date: Summer Session 2006

Statistics - ARCHIVE

University Park, Eberly College of Science (STAT)

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.

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)

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 THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 46-49 credits

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (11-14 credits)
CSE 103 GQ(4), CMPSC 201C GQ(3), or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 230(4)[1] or MATH 231(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CSE 451(3) or CSE 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), CHEM 014 GN(1) (Sem: 1-3)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14 credits)
Select 8 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 222(3) and BIOL 223(1), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 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 (12 credits)
MATH 312(3), MATH 403(3), MATH 404(3) (Sem: 5-8)
CSE 456(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from MATH 310(3), MATH 421(3), MATH 426(3), MATH 429(3), MATH 441(3), MATH 457(3), MATH 468(3), MATH 485(3), MATH 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), CSE 260(3), CSE 312(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CSE 441W(3), CSE 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from CSE 418(3), CSE 456(3), CSE 460(3), or CSE 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.)

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 (25 credits)

STAT 220 (3) Basic Statistics
STAT 414 (3) Introduction to Probability Theory
STAT 415 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
STAT 416 (3) Stochastic Modeling
STAT 464 (3) Applied Nonparametric Statistics
STAT 470W (3) Problem Solving and Communication in Applied Statistics
STAT 480 (1) Introduction to Statistical Program Packages
STAT 501 (3) Regression Methods
STAT 502 (3) Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments

Note that students in IUG Statistics B.S. take STAT 501 and 502 instead of STAT 460 and 462 for the regular Statistics B.S.

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* (3) Statistical Consulting Practicum
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 580 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: Summer Session 2004 (STAT); Summer Session 2003 (Integrated B.S./M.A.S.)

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-02-045 (STAT); 31-01-123 (Integrated B.S./M.A.S.)

Review Date: 10/14/03

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