Major Requirements: Statistics
The Statistics program prepares students for careers in a wide variety of fields. With the rise of Data Science and Analytics, the number of undergraduate students choosing to expand their knowledge base and skill set in the area of statistics has grown substantially. The Statistics program is structured to provide students with a conceptual understanding of elementary probability and mathematical statistics, skills in data analysis and interpretation, the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and a proficiency in statistical computing. Statistics majors choose one of three emphasis tracks. A student chooses a track based on plans to enter the job market with a focus on data analysis or statistical computing, or to continue with graduate work after completing the BS degree. All the tracks provide fundamental preparation for careers that employ data modeling and quantitative reasoning skills.
The Bachelor of Science in Statistics requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 14 or 15 courses for the major, depending on the chosen emphasis track. Students complete 10 core courses that provide essential instruction in statistical methods, applications, and theory. In addition, they concentrate on their particular interest areas by choosing one of the following three emphasis tracks, in which they complete at least four or five courses, depending on the track chosen.
- Statistics in Business, Industry, Government, and Research
- Statistical Computing and Data Science
- Mathematical Statistics
All students complete the following:
- CS:1210 Computer Science I: Fundamentals (4 s.h.)
- MATH:1850 Calculus I (4 s.h.)
- MATH:1860 Calculus II (4 s.h.)
- MATH:2700 Introduction to Linear Algebra (4 s.h.)
- MATH:2850 Calculus III (4 s.h.)
- STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing (3 s.h.)
- STAT:3100 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I (3 s.h.)
- STAT:3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II (3 s.h.)
- STAT:3200 Applied Linear Regression (3 s.h.)
- STAT:3210 Experimental Design and Analysis (3 s.h.)
The department recommends that well-prepared students who elect the Mathematical Statistics track take STAT:4100-4101 Mathematical Statistics I-II in place of STAT:3100-3101 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I-II to satisfy these core requirements in statistics.
Additional Courses Required
In addition, all statistics majors must take at least 4 or 5 more courses that are chosen from a list of electives specific to their chosen emphasis track. The list of electives can be found at Statistics in Business, Industry, Government, and Research; Statistical Computing and Data Science and Mathematical Statistics
Students should pay close attention to prerequisites for the upper-level courses in each sequence so that they can develop and complete their programs in a timely fashion. Specifically, most of the electives listed for the three tracks require STAT:3200 and STAT:3101 as prerequisites. Thus, we recommend that majors have these courses completed by the fall semester of their junior year. You can view a flowchart of the progression of courses for the major.