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# Statistics

## Overview of Statistics

The curriculum in liberal arts and sciences with a major in statistics is designed to prepare students for (1) statistics positions in business, industry or commerce, nonprofit institutions, and in state or federal government; and (2) graduate study in statistics. Positions include the following types of work: statistical design, data visualization, analysis and interpretation of experiments and surveys; data processing and analysis using modern computation facilities and statistical computing systems; application of statistical principles and methods in commercial areas such as finance, insurance, industrial research, technology, marketing, manufacturing, sports analytics, quality control, and nonprofit organizations, such as institutions involved in health care or medical research.

Given the application of statistical work to a broad range of fields, students majoring in statistics often obtain at least a minor in a field of application. Some common minors earned by statistics majors are Economics, General Business, and Mathematics. Students preparing for positions in data analysis should consider a minor or certificate in Data Science. Students preparing for a career in the field of actuarial science should consider a certificate in Actuarial Science. Students intending to pursue graduate study in Statistics are strongly advised to complete at least a minor in Mathematics including credit in MATH 4140 Analysis I.

Many Statistics majors earn an additional major or degree in a field of application or in Mathematics. Your academic advisor can assist you in developing your course of study including other majors.

### Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the undergraduate degree in statistics should have a broad understanding of the discipline of statistics. Upon graduation, students should be able to:

• Design observational studies and experiments in order to efficiently collect data to help answer questions about science, technology, and society.
• Analyze data arising from observational studies and experiments in order to help answer questions about the world around them.
• Use modern statistical computing to aid in the collection and analysis of data.
• Explain and apply the mathematical and theoretical basis for probability and statistical inference to help answer questions about the world around them.
• Effectively communicate statistical findings using oral, visual and written formats.
• Effectively respond to ethical issues associated with data collection, data analysis, and communication of statistical findings.

The requirements for the undergraduate major in statistics are:

 STAT 1100 Orientation in Statistics 1 STAT 2010 Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods 4 STAT 3010 Intermediate Statistical Concepts and Methods 4 STAT 3410 Introduction to the Theory of Probability and Statistics I 4 STAT 3420 Introduction to the Theory of Probability and Statistics II 4 STAT 4710 Introduction to Experimental Design 3 STAT 4750 Introduction to Multivariate Data Analysis 3 STAT 4840 Computer Processing of Scientific Data 3 STAT 4860 Introduction to Statistical Computing 3 A minimum of 6 credits from the following: STAT 3610 Statistical Quality Assurance STAT 4720 Introduction to Time Series STAT 4730 Introduction to Survey Sampling STAT 4740 Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis STAT 4760 Introduction to Spatial Data Analysis STAT 4770 Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis STAT 4780 Introduction to Stochastic Process Models STAT 4820 Regression for Social and Behavioral Research STAT 4830 Empirical Methods for the Computational Sciences Completion of one of the following options: Option I MATH 1650 Calculus I MATH 1660 Calculus II MATH 2650 Calculus III Option II MATH 1650 Calculus I MATH 1660H Calculus II: Honors MATH 2650H Calculus III: Honors Credit in one of the following: MATH 2070 Matrices and Linear Algebra MATH 3170 Theory of Linear Algebra Credit in one of the following: COMS 1270 Introduction to Computer Programming COMS 2070 Fundamentals of Computer Programming COMS 2270 Object-oriented Programming Credit in one of the following: COMST 2110 Interpersonal Communication SPCM 2120 Fundamentals of Public Speaking Credit in one of the following (with a grade of C- or higher): ENGL 3020 Business Communication ENGL 3020H Business Communication: Honors ENGL 3140 Technical Communication ENGL 3140H Technical Communication: Honors

As majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Statistics students must meet College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University-wide requirements for graduation in addition to those stated above for the major.

LAS majors require a minimum of 120 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at the 3000/4000 level. You must also complete the LAS world language requirement and career proficiency requirement.

Students in all ISU majors must complete a three-credit course in U.S. cultures and communities (formerly U.S. diversity) and a three-credit course in international perspectives. Check (http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/courses/div-ip-guide.html) for a list of approved courses. Discuss with your advisor how the two courses that you select can be applied to your graduation plan.

## Statistics, B.S.

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15003MATH 1660 or 1660H4
LIB 16001STAT 20104
STAT 11001Social Science Choice3
MATH 16504Humanities Choice3
Humanities Choice3
Natural Science Choice4
16 14
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 30104STAT 47103
MATH 2650 or 2650H4MATH 2070 or 31703-4
ENGL 25003Computer Science Choice3
Natural Science Choice4Humanities Choice3
LAS 20301Social Science Choice3
16 15-16
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 34104STAT 34204
STAT 48403STAT 48603
SPCM 2120 or COMST 21103Social Science Choice3
World Language/Elective4World Language/Elective4
Elective1
14 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 47503Statistics Choices6
ENGL 3020 or 31403Electives9
Humanities Choice3
Electives6
15 15
Total Credits: 120-121

The department offers a minor in statistics which may be earned by satisfying the following requirements:

Courses selected to satisfy the minor must include at least 9 credits that are not used to meet any other department, college or university requirement other than the credit requirement for graduation and credit requirement for courses numbered 3000 or above.

Courses selected to satisfy the minor must include at least 6 credits in courses numbered 3000 and above taken at ISU with a grade of C or higher.