2001-2002 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs


College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Mathematical Sciences
(907) 474-7332

Degree: B.S.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 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. in statistics, the department offers a bachelor's degree in mathematics with an emphasis in statistics. A minor in statistics is also available.

Undergraduate Program


Statistics -- B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the following pre-major requirement:
    1. Students must be ready to matriculate into MATH 200X before they will be allowed to declare statistics as their major.
  2. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: MATH 200X*. ENGL 314 is recommended to fulfill one of the writing intensive course requirements.)
  3. Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X*.)
  4. Complete the following statistics core courses:*
    CS 103 -- Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
         or any higher-level CS course (3) (3 credits)
    MATH 202X -- Calculus (4 credits)
    MATH 371 -- Probability (3 credits)
    MATH 408 -- Mathematical Statistics (3 credits)
    STAT 200 -- Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
         or STAT 300 -- Statistics (3) (3 credits)
    STAT 401 -- Regression and Analysis of Variance (4 credits)
    STAT 402 -- Scientific Sampling (3 credits)
    STAT 498 -- Senior Project (3 credits)
  5. Complete 2 of the following electives:*
    MATH 307 -- Discrete Mathematics (3 credits)
    MATH 310 -- Numerical Analysis (3 credits)
    MATH 314 -- Linear Algebra (3 credits)
    MATH 401W -- Advanced Calculus (3 credits)
    MATH 402W -- Advanced Calculus (3 credits)
    MATH 460W,O -- Mathematical Modeling (3 credits)
    STAT 461 -- Applied Multivariate Statistics (3 credits)
    STAT, MATH or statistical discipline oriented course approved by the statistics program coordinator (3 credits)
  6. Complete 24 credits in an area of application**
  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.


  1. Complete the following:
    STAT 200 -- Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
         or STAT 300 -- Statistics (3) (3 credits)
    STAT 401 -- Regression and Analysis of Variance (4 credits)
    MATH 371 -- Probability* (3 credits)
    MATH 408 -- Mathematical Statistics (3 credits)
    MATH, STAT or STAT related coursework** (3 credits)
  2. Minimum credits required (15 credits)

*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.