2003-2004 UAF Catalog
Degrees and Programs
College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
(907) 474-7332B.S., M.S.
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.S.: 120 credits, M.S.: 30 credits
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Statistics is a collection of methods and theories 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. degree program in statistics was developed using guidelines proposed by the American Statistical Association and provides graduates with a strong mathematics, computation and statistics background and integrates this with an area of application. The program allows considerable flexibility in the choice of the area of application by requiring a minor in any area offered by UAF.
The M.S. degree program in statistics builds upon UAF's strength in the sciences and our setting in Alaska by introducing a strong quantitative alternative or supplement to existing programs. The curriculum is built around four statistics core courses and flexibility in selection of elective courses. The core courses are designed to blend mathematical statistics coursework typical of most M.S. programs in statistics with real applications. We believe such blending provides a substantial improvement in the graduate's skills. Graduates of this program could be labeled quantitative biologists, biometricians, quantitative geologists, geostatisticians, or mathematical statisticians depending upon their specific coursework. In addition, this program prepares individuals for Ph.D. level work in statistics or their 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.
1. Complete the following pre-major requirement:
8. Minimum credits required (120 credits)
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
Note: A double major in statistics and math may be obtained by completing the following: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 above, MATH 215, 308, 401W, 490O and 9 additional credits in upper division math or statistics. A math elective package is MATH 371 and MATH 408, and STAT 401 and STAT 402 plus 8 credits upper division MATH or STAT. The statistics elective package is MATH 215 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.
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; mathematics MATH 641, 660 or other 600-level MATH course.
Note: Each student must take and pass a three-part comprehensive exam. The first part, written by the statistics faculty, is a written exam (not a take-home exam) covering the material in the core statistics courses. The second part is a take-home 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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