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Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The BS degree in statistics requires a minimum of 68 hours of approved course work, including 27 hours in statistics and the remainder in related disciplines and a substantive field of application. In addition to the requirements for the BA, the BS degree includes a laboratory science requirement. For students seriously interested in basic science, a natural science is the logical choice as a focus for the application, and the BS degree is the logical choice of program. The specific requirements are as follows:

MATH 121 Calculus for Science and Engineering I 4
MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II 4
or MATH 124 Calculus II
MATH 223 Calculus for Science and Engineering III 3
or MATH 227 Calculus III
MATH 224 Elementary Differential Equations 3
or MATH 228 Differential Equations
MATH 201 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
Two computation classes 6
ENGR 131
Elementary Computer Programming
An additional higher-numbered course in computation from EECS or EPBI 414
STAT 325 Data Analysis and Linear Models 3
STAT 326 Multivariate Analysis and Data Mining 3
STAT 345 Theoretical Statistics I 3
STAT 346 Theoretical Statistics II 3
At least 15 hours of courses in statistical methodology, to be chosen from courses numbered 300 and higher offered by the statistics department, or approved courses in statistical methodology or probability taught in biostatistics, electrical engineering and computer science, economics, mathematics, operations research, systems engineering, etc. At least 6 hours must be in STAT. STAT 243 and STAT 244 may be counted. 15
Two approved courses (or more) numbered 300 or above in an approved discipline outside statistics. 6
A combined total of 12 hours (or more) in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS which may be counted toward a major in that field, including at least one of the following sequences: 12
PHYS 121
& PHYS 122
General Physics I – Mechanics
and General Physics II – Electricity and Magnetism
CHEM 105
& CHEM 106
& CHEM 113
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory
Students are strongly encouraged to include advanced expository or technical writing courses in their programs.
Total Units 68

Bachelor’s Degree Option in Actuarial Science

The actuarial program leading to either a BA or a BS in statistics requires 30 hours in statistics and actuarial studies and must satisfy the requirements for the appropriate degree program, with the following in addition to required courses.

  • At least 12 hours in statistical methodology, to be chosen from courses numbered 300 and higher offered by the statistics department, or approved courses taught in EPBI, EECS, ECON, MATH, OPRE, etc. At least 6 hours must be in STAT courses; STAT 243 Statistical Theory with Application I and STAT 244 Statistical Theory with Application II may be counted.

Students ordinarily can expect to be prepared to take Courses 1-3 of the Society of Actuaries Exams upon graduation.