Applied Statistics Minor

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required courses:

STAT 371: Data Analysis Internship (3)

A semester-long research experience that involves a significant use of multivariable statistics in an applied research project. Students will identify and work with a primary faculty mentor to develop a project proposal prior to enrolling; students will also be supervised by a statistics professor. Part of the course will include an oral and written presentation of results. The course will be offered as needed and is run as an individual study. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: Statistics 201 or 202.

must choose:

Statistics 131 or 132

STAT 131: Introductory Statistics (4)

An introductory course in statistical techniques and methods and their application to a variety of fields. Topics include data analysis, design of experiments, and statistical inference including confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Exposure to statistical software and a substantive student project are also part of this course. Prerequisite: an ACT mathematics score of 22 or higher or one course from Mathematics 100, 108, 115 or ALEKS score of 45 of higher.

STAT 132: Accelerated Introductory Statistics (2)

This course covers the same content and learning objectives as Statistics 131 but in half the time. This course, along with Statistics 202 and Statistics 203, also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam SRM. Additionally this course, along with Statistics 202, Statistics 203, Statistics 220 and Statistics 352, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS I. Offered first half of spring semester. Credit will not be given for both Statistics 131 and 132. Prerequisite: Mathematics 152 or significant prior experience with statistics.

Statistics 201 or 202

STAT 201: Applied Statistical Models (2)

This course surveys multivariable design and statistical methods used across various disciplines and seen in peer-reviewed research. Topics include multiple and non-linear regression, general linear models, multivariable statistical models, and multifactor experimental design emphasis is on active-learning using group activities and projects, critiquing research, and statistical software. Offered second half of spring semester. Credit will not be given for Statistics 201 and 202. Prerequisite: Statistics 131 or 132.

STAT 202: Econometrics (3)

This course covers all of the topics in Statistics 201 and topics commonly used in economic applications of statistics: time series and forecasting, linear time series models, moving average, autoregressive and ARIMA models, data analysis and forecasting with time series models and forecasting errors. Meets at the same times as Statistics 201 plus two additional hours per week. This course, along with Statistics 132 and Statistics 203, also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam SRM. Additionally this course, along with Statistics 132, Statistics 203, Statistics 220 and Statistics 352, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS I. Offered second half of spring semester. Credit will not be given for both Statistics 201 and 202. Prerequisite: Statistics 131 or 132. [Cross-listed: Economics 232]

Computer Science 115 or Mathematics 152

CMSC 115: Programming I (3)

An introduction to computer programming. Basic notions of abstraction, elementary composition principles, the fundamental data structures, and object-oriented programming technique are introduced. Topics include variables, control structures, arrays, and input/output. [Cross-listed: Engineering 170]

MATH 152: Calculus I (4)

A study of the basic concepts and techniques of calculus for students in all disciplines. Topics include limits, differentiation, integration, and applications. This course is intended for students without any previous calculus credit. Prerequisite: Mathematics 116 or equivalent or ALEKS PPL score of 70 or higher by third class meeting.

a minimum of ten credits from Statistics 203, 210, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 220, 230 or 307, 290, 372, 373, 374, English 305.

STAT 203: Generalized Linear Models (2)

This course covers simple linear regression and associated special topics, multiple linear regression, indicator variables, influence diagnostics, assumption analysis, selection of ‘best subset’, nonstandard regression models, logistic regression, and nonlinear regression models. This course, along with Statistics 132 and Statistics 202, also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam SRM. Additionally this course, along with Statistics 132, Statistics 202, Statistics 220 and Statistics 352, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS I. Prerequisite: Statistics 201 or 202

STAT 210: Experimental Design (2)

Principles, construction and analysis of experimental designs. Completely randomized, randomized complete block, Latin squares, Graeco Latin squares, factorial, and nested designs. Fixed and random effects, expected mean squares, multiple comparisons, and analysis of covariance. Prerequisite: Statistics 201 or 202.

STAT 211: Complex Data and Hierarchical Models (2)

A course which illustrates statistical modelling techniques for the class of datasets which have correlation between the observations including time series, hierarchical samples, complex survey samples, clusters, family structures, etc. The general linear model is expanded to the general estimating equations approach. Prerequisite: Statistics 201 or 202.

STAT 212: Statistical Programming in R (4)

Odd Data acquisition, cleaning, and management in R; use of regular expressions; functional and object-oriented programming; graphical, descriptive, and inferential statistical methods; random number generation; Monte Carlo methods including resampling, randomization, and simulation. Prerequisite: Computer Science 115.

STAT 213: Machine Learning/Modern Data Analysis Methods (2)

An introductory survey of modern machine learning. Machine learning is an active and growing field that would require many courses to cover completely. This course aims at the middle of the theoretical versus practical spectrum. We will learn the concepts behind several machine learning algorithms without going deeply into the mathematics and gain practical experience applying them. We will consider both pattern recognition and artificial intelligence perspectives. Prerequisites: Computer Science 115; Statistics 201 or 202.

STAT 215: Introduction to Univariate Probability (2)

An introduction to the theory and techniques of general probability and common univariate probability distributions. Topics include but are not limited to basic set theory, introductory probability rules (independence, combinatorials, conditionals, Bayes theorem, etc.), common univariate distributions (e.g., binomial and normal) and expected value/variance. This course, along with Statistics 216, also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam P/1. Offered first half of the semester. Prerequisite: Mathematics 152. [Cross-listed: Mathematics 215]

STAT 216: Introduction to Multivariate Probability (2)

An introduction to multivariate probability distributions. Topics include but are not limited to joint probability density functions, conditional and marginal probability distributions, moment generating functions, covariance and correlations, transformations and linear combinations of independent random variables. This course, along with Statistics 215, also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam P/1. Offered second half of the semester. Prerequisites: Mathematics 152; Statistics 215. [Cross-listed: Mathematics 216]

STAT 220: Mathematical Statistics (4)

The theory of hypothesis testing and its applications. Power and uniformly most powerful tests. Categorical data and nonparametric methods. Bayesian vs. Frequentist methods. Other selected topics. This course, along with Statistics 132, Statistics 202, Statistics 203 and Statistics 352, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS I. Additionally this course, along with Statistics 290 and Statistics 353, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS II. Prerequisites: Mathematics 201; Statistics 216.

STAT 230: Research Methods (3)

This course introduces students to the research process, including formulation of hypotheses, design, interpretation, and communication of results. The course will include a review of statistical procedures with an emphasis on selection and interpretation of analyses and an introduction to computer data analysis with R. Methods of research are discussed from a reformed, Christian perspective. Students complete research proposals. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Pre or corequisite: Statistics 131. [Cross-listed: Psychology 230]

STAT 290: Introduction to Data Science (4) 

Introduction to the field of data science and the workflow of a data scientist. Types of data (tabular, textual, sparse, structured, temporal, geospatial), basic data management and manipulation, simple summaries, and visualization. This course also serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam PA. Additionally this course, along with Statistics 220 and Statistics 353, serves as preparation for Actuarial Exam MAS II. Prerequisites: Computer Science 115; Statistics 201 or 202. [Cross-listed: Computer Science 290]

STAT 307: Methods of Social Science Research (3)

An introduction to the research process as applied to the study of problems/issues in social science. Problem selection, research design, measurement, methods of observation and data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and report writing will be emphasized. A module on microcomputer utilization and the application of descriptive statistics is presented for application in student projects. Prerequisites: Statistics 131; junior or senior standing. [Cross-listed: Social Work 307, Sociology 307]

STAT 372-374: Data Analysis Internship (3)

Summer 374 A semester-long research experience that involves a significant use of multivariable statistics in an applied research project. Students will identify and work with a primary faculty mentor to develop a project proposal prior to enrolling; students will also be supervised by a statistics professor. Part of the course will include an oral and written presentation of results. The course will be offered as needed and is run as an individual study. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: Statistics 201 or 202.

ENG 305: Business and Technical Writing (3)

Students will study the process, application, and characteristics of business and technical writing, and the way in which writing style, strategies, content, and clarity will relate practically to one’s profession. Concentrates on developing competence in a variety of writing tasks commonly performed in business, law, industry, social work, engineering, agriculture, and medicine. Satisfies Core Program writing-intensive requirement. [Cross-listed: Communication 305]