20022003 UAF Catalog Degrees and ProgramsStatisticsCollege of Science, Engineering and MathematicsDepartment of Mathematical Sciences(907) 4747332Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 120 credits, M.S.: 30 credits Statistics is a collection of methods for making decisions or estimating unknown quantities from incomplete information. Statistical techniques are useful, for example, in estimating plant, animal and mineral abundances; forecasting social, political and economic trends; planning field plot experiments in agriculture; performing clinical trials in medical research; and maintaining quality control in industry. Employment opportunities are excellent for statisticians in many of these areas of application. The curriculum for the B.S. in statistics provides a strong mathematics and statistics background and integrates this with an area of application. The program allows considerable flexibility in the choice of the area of application. The statistics program is administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In addition to the B.S. and M.S. in statistics, the department offers a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics. A minor in statistics is also available. Undergraduate ProgramMajorStatistics  B.S. Degree
1. Complete the following premajor requirement:
7. Minimum credits required (120 credits) * Student must earn a C grade or better in each course. ** Complete minimum and include at least 6 upper division in a single discipline in which a UAF bachelor's degree is offered. Joint approval in writing is required from the department head in the area of application and the statistics advisor. Credits received in the area of application may reduce the number of required credits in the general distribution requirements of humanities/social science and science. Examples of programs for areas of application for computer science, biology, wildlife, geology, natural resource management, and economics are available. Other areas of application are available. Note: A mathematics minor is completed by all statistics majors. Note: A double major in statistics and math may be obtained by completing the following: 2, 3 and 4 above, MATH 215, 308, 314, 401W, 490O and 12 additional credits in upper division math or statistics. A math elective package is MATH 371 and MATH 408, STAT 401 and STAT 402 plus 8 credits upper division MATH or STAT. The statistics elective package is MATH 314 and MATH 401W. Minimum credits required is 60 including MATH 200X and MATH 201X. Other double majors are available. Minor1. Complete the following:
*MATH 371 requires MATH 200X, 201X and 202X as prerequisites. ** e.g., BA 360, GEOS 430, ANTH 424, MATH 460W,O, etc. Note: Courses completed to satisfy this minor can be used to simultaneously satisfy other major or general distribution requirements. Note: Fisheries majors selecting the research option need only complete MATH 371 and MATH 408 in addition to their fisheries requirements to obtain a minor in statistics. Graduate ProgramStatistics  M.S. Degree
1. Complete the following admission requirement:
7. Minimum credits required (30 credits) * Examples of courses for specific areas of concentration include: Wildlife WLF 621, 625; Fisheries FISH 601, 602, 621, 622, 625; mathematical statistics MATH 641, 660 or other 600level MATH course. Note: Each student must take and pass a threepart comprehensive exam. The first part, written by the statistics faculty, is a written exam (not a takehome exam) covering the material in the core statistics courses. The second part is a takehome exam covering the student's area of application. The last part is an oral exam covering any material from courses the student has taken along with their project.
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