University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Mathematics: Statistics (Bachelor of Science)


Students receiving the B.S. in Mathematics may elect Statistics as their major. In addition, students receiving a B.A. degree in Arts and Sciences may concentrate in Statistics as a part of their Mathematics major. Statistics is a mathematical science extensively used in a wide variety of fields. Indeed, every discipline which gathers and interprets data uses statistical concepts and procedures to understand the information implicit in their data base. Statisticians become involved in efforts to solve real world problems by designing surveys and experimental plans, constructing and interpreting descriptive statistics, developing and applying statistical inference procedures, and developing and investigating stochastic models or computer simulations. To investigate new statistical procedures requires a knowledge of mathematics and computing as well as statistical theory. To apply concepts and procedures effectively also calls for an understanding of the field of application.

The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter business, industry, or government as statisticians; to become professional actuaries; or to continue on to graduate school in statistics/biostatistics or another field where a quantitative ability can prove valuable (business, operations research, medicine, public health, demography, psychology, etc.). Students are encouraged to undertake special projects to gain experience in data analysis, design, and statistical computing. Also, experience can be gained with local industry and other organizations for those interested in quality control, industrial statistics, survey and market research or forecasting, for example.

A Statistics Minor consists of 15 credits of statistics (STAT) courses, acquiring calculus knowledge equivalent to MATH 019 or MATH 021, and gaining computer experience equivalent to STAT 201 or a computer programming course (CS 016 or higher or MATH 052). EC 170: Economic Methods can also be counted in place of STAT 111 or STAT 141 as an introductory statistics course. Not more than two courses of introductory Statistics STAT 011/STAT 051/STAT 111/STAT 140/STAT 141/STAT 143/STAT 211 or EC 170 may be counted. The course plan for the Statistics Minor must be approved by a Statistics faculty advisor. Note that Mathematics majors can minor in Statistics as well. In Arts and Sciences you must earn 12 of your 15 credits in statistics beyond any statistics courses counted in your major courses. In Engineering and Mathematical Sciences you must earn 15 credits in statistics beyond any statistics courses counted for your major.

Statistics majors may also minor in Mathematics by completing MATH 021, MATH 022, MATH 052 or MATH 121, and 9 more credits in mathematics at the 100-level or above. Since Statistics majors normally take MATH 021, MATH 022, MATH 121 and MATH 124, they just need two more mathematics courses at the 100-level or above.

Students may earn a double major in Mathematics and Statistics by meeting the requirements of the Statistics major and earning an additional 15 credits in Mathematics, to include MATH 52, and two of MATH 230, MATH 237, MATH 241, MATH 251.

Further details on the Statistics major and minor curricula may be obtained from the Director of the Statistics Program. The Handbook for Mathematics and Statistics majors, available from the Mathematics and Statistics department office, also provides a wealth of useful information.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Premedical Concentration in Statistics

Each student electing the Premedical Concentration in Statistics will fulfill the general requirements for the Statistics major. STAT 200 is recommended as an important elective for students interested in medicine or allied health. In addition, the premedical concentration should include as a minimum two years of chemistry with laboratory (CHEM 031, CHEM 032, or CHEM 035, CHEM 036, CHEM 037, CHEM 038, and CHEM 141, CHEM 142), at least one year of physics with laboratory (PHYS 021, PHYS 031, PHYS 022, PHYS 042 or PHYS 021, PHYS 031, PHYS 125), and at least one year of biology with laboratory (BIOL 001, BIOL 002). Exposure to medical research problems may be provided through supervised experiences in the College of Medicine.

Concentration in Quality

Students interested in methods of quality control and quality improvement are encouraged to develop a concentration in quality. STAT 224: Statistics in Quality and Productivity is regularly offered. Related courses to consider include BSAD 178 and others in the Production and Operations Management and Quantitative Methods area of Business Administration. Project experience in industrial quality control or in health care quality can be gained in STAT 191 and STAT 281, or STAT 293 to STAT 294.


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