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Mathematics: Statistics

Students can concentrate their studies in statistics by choosing the Statistics Specialization of the Mathematics major.  This page lists the program documents and other information about the specialization.  For more information, please contact your a dvisor, Dr. Michael Ochs (the Statistics coordinator), or the department chair.

Program Documents for the Statistics Specialization:

The Undergraduate Bulletin is the official list of major requirements. However, by following the list of requirements below, and meeting the retention and graduation grade requirements, students will meet all their requirements.  A total of at least 32 course units are required for graduation.

Statistics Specialization Learning Goals

  1. Understanding Basic Principles
    1. Students should have a firm grasp of the concepts and consequences of variation.
    2. They should possess an ability to extract information from data.
  2. Understanding Theoretical Underpinnings
    1. Students should have a strong foundation in mathematics.
    2. They should have a clear understanding of how to write a proof.
    3. They should have a clear understanding of the theoretical development of statistical techniques.
  3. Familiarity with Statistical Techniques
    1. Students should be able to express a research question in statistical terms and select appropriate statistical techniques in given contexts.
    2. They should possess the skills to apply statistical procedures and modeling approaches to a wide variety of real-life problems.
    3. They should be able to develop an effective sampling plan.
    4. They should  be able to provide correct interpretations from a set of analyses and include any limitations to the study.
    5. They should have the ability to recommend decisions in the face of uncertainty.
  4. Proficiency with Technology
    1. Students should possess strong computing skills.
    2. They should be familiar with statistical software packages.
  5. Ability to Communicate
    1. Students should possess inter-personal skills in order to effectively communicate both with their project peers and with clients during a statistical investigation.
    2. They should possess the skills to orally present findings to a wide audience.
    3. They should possess the ability to document the results of a statistical project in both technical and non-technical terms.
  6. Post Graduation Success and Feedback
    1. Students should be equipped with the knowledge, skill, and understanding to achieve their full potential in (i) graduate school, (ii) career paths as statisticians.

Requirements of the Mathematics Major/Statistics Specialization:

1. Courses in the Major (16 courses, 15 course units)

The course requirements for the major are listed below.  In addition to these requirements, there are graduation and retention grade requirements that must be met.  Details can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin and on the department website.

MAT 099 Orientation for Math/Stat Majors 0
MAT 127 Calculus A 1
MAT 128 Calculus B 1
MAT 200 Proof Writing through Discrete Mathematics 1
MAT 205 Linear Algebra:theory and Applications 1
MAT 229 Multivariable Calculus 1
MAT 316 Probability 1
STA 215 Statistical Interence 1
STA 305 Regression Analysis 1
STA 410 Mathematical Statistics 1
STA 498 Capstone Course 1
Statistics Options 3
Mathematics/Statistics Options 2

Current Statistics Options offered as courses are: STA 303 (Design of Experiments), STA 304 (Sampling and Nonparametric Statistics) , STA 306 (Applied Multivariate Analysis), STA 314 (Quality Control), and STA 370 (Topics in Statistics).

Mathematics & Statistics Options

  • STA 303 Design of Experiments
  • STA 304 Sampling and Nonparametric Statistics
  • STA 306 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • STA 314 Quality Control
  • STA 318 Operations Research
  • STA 307 Data Mining
  • STA 370 Topics in Statistics
  • STA 391 Independent Study in Statistics
  • STA 399 Internship in Statistics
  • STA 494 Seminar in Statistics
  • MAT 301 Number Theory
  • MAT 305 Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 310 Real Analysis
  • MAT 315 Topics in Linear Algebra
  • MAT 317 Linear Programming
  • MAT 320 Complex Variables
  • MAT 326 Differential Equations
  • MAT 331 Numerical Methods
  • MAT 351 Geometry
  • MAT 370 Topics in Mathematics
  • MAT 390 Math Spec Research
  • MAT 391 Independent Study in Mathematics
  • MAT 392 Guided Study in Math
  • MAT 393 Independent Research in Math
  • MAT 399 Internship in Mathematics
  • MAT 403 Advanced Calculus
  • MAT 405 Topology
  • MAT 407 Projective Geometry
  • MAT 440 Mathematical Logic
  • MAT 451 Seminar in Algebra
  • MAT 452 Seminar in Geometry and Topology
  • MAT 453 Seminar in Analysis
  • MAT 454 Seminar in Applied Mathematics
  • MAT 492 Guided Study in Mathematics II
  • MAT 494 Independent Study in Mathematics II

Students may count at most one course unit of independent study, guided study, or independent research courses as part of their options towards the major. Additional courses may be taken as electives, but will not count towards the major. When taking an independent study, guided study, or independent research course, a student’s course load should not be more than 4.5 course units. Independent study, guided study, or independent research courses may not be taken in order to improve a grade, or to replace a course that a student failed to sign up for.

2. Correlate/Science Courses (3 units)

  • Any two natural science courses in the approved list. At least one course must have a laboratory section and at least one course must be in physics.
  • CRI 215 Data Management and Analysis.

3.  First Seminar Course (1 unit)

All students must take a first seminar course in their first year. The writing intensive First Seminar satisfies one of the writing requirement in (5).

4. Academic Writing Requirement (1 unit, possibly 0)

A student must either take WRI 102: Academic Writing or be exempted from it.

5. Additional Writing Experiences

In addition to the academic writing requirement in (4), students must take three writing intensive courses. One of these courses is the First Seminar listed above. The second writing requirement is fulfilled by taking a sophomore, junior, or mid-level writing intensive course from this list. The third course is the senior capstone course MAT 498.

6. Second Language Requirement (0-3 units)

You must complete the language requirement at the 103 level or higher. Also, if you took four or more years of a language in high school and continue with this language and you are placed at the 101 level, then the 101 level course will NOT count towards the 32 units required for graduation.

7. Additional Liberal Learning Requirements (6 units, possibly 5)

The Liberal Learning system defines graduation requirements in a broad set of learning categories. As a Mathematics major with an Applied Mathematics Specialization, the Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning Requirement is automatically met. The other requirements are listed below. Please note that it is possible for a course to fulfill a requirement in more than one category. For example, the course “The Evolution of Middle Eastern Women Writers” would satisfy the Gender requirement (Category 5), the Global Perspectives requirement (Category 4) as well as count as 1 unit towards the Category 1a requirement. However, a course can satisfy at most two of the requirements in Categories 3-6.

Liberal Learning Categories

  1. 6 course units required
    1. 1 course unit in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts
    2. 1 course unit in World Views and Ways of Knowing
    3. 1 course unit in Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
    4. 1 course unit in Social Change in Historical Perspective
    5. 1 course unit in Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied by MAT 127 or a higher level MAT course)
    6. 1 course unit in Science (satisfied by the major’s science requirement)
  2. Two additional course units required:
    1. An additional course unit in one of the following areas:
      1. Literary, Visual and Performing Arts;
      2. World Views and Ways of Knowing;
      3. Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives; or
      4. Social Change in Historical Perspective.
    2. A second course in Quantitative Reasoning (satisfied by MAT 128 or higher level MAT course).

8. Information Literacy

IDS 102 is a required online, non-credit course administered by the library staff. Students must meet this proficiency prior to graduation, but are encouraged to do so as early as possible.

9. Free Electives (5 or more course units, depending on other course choices)

These are courses that students can take without having to meet any requirements. You must take enough electives so that you meet the graduation requirement of 32 total units. You may opt to use these free electives to satisfy the requirements of a minor of your choice, or if you have plans for graduate school to take further upper level courses in the major.

Note: If course requirements such as WRI 102 or second language are waived through placement or other means, then electives should be substituted to meet the 32 course unit total.