The BA in statistics degree offers flexibility and the chance to pursue a wider range of interests than the Bachelor of Science degree allows. It also offers students the possibility of expanding the interdisciplinary aspect of the program by completing a second major. For example, students may combine statistics with computer science, biology (molecular, organismal, or ecological), psychology, economics, accounting, or management science.
The BA degree in statistics requires a minimum of 56 hours of approved course work, including 27 hours in statistics and the remainder in related disciplines and a substantive field of application. 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|
|Elementary Computer Programming|
An additional higher-numbered course in computation. Recommended courses include MATH 330, various EECS offerings, and PQHS 414. Consult an advisor for other suggestions.
|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 9 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 student in either the BA or the BS program in Statistics may opt for a concentration in Actuarial Science, the requirements of which exceed the basic major requirements. The basic major requirement of 15 hours in statistical methodology is increased to 18 hours, and these must include STAT 317, 318, and at least six additional hours of approved STAT courses. A student finishing this concentration will have completed at least 30 hours in statistics. Students in this concentration should consult with their advisors before choosing these courses, and for information about additional non-required courses that might be useful for actuarial science.
Students ordinarily can expect to be prepared to take Courses 1-3 of the Society of Actuaries Exams upon graduation.