# 2002-2003 UAF Catalog

## Degrees and Programs

### Statistics

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Minimum 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.

Statistics -- B.S. Degree

- Complete the following pre-major requirement:

- Students must be ready to matriculate into MATH 200X before they will be allowed to declare statistics as their major.

- 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.)
- Complete the B.S. degree requirements. (As part of the B.S. degree requirements, complete: MATH 201X*.)
- 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) - 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) - Complete 24 credits in an area of application**
- 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.

- 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) - 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.

Statistics -- M.S. Degree

- Complete the following admission requirement:

- Submit three letters of recommendation concerning the applicant's educational background and quantitative training.
- Submit complete transcripts for all college-level work.
- Submit a resume.
- Submit a written statement of goals.
- Submit GRE scores.
- The applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.0.
- Must have completed the following courses or their equivalent with a B grade or better: full calculus sequence (MATH 200, 201, 202); or students completing MATH 262 or 272 must take MATH 201 and 202 before acceptance; and a course in linear algebra (MATH 314), at least one introductory statistics or probability course (STAT 200, 300 or MATH 371, 408). Students lacking MATH 314 may be accepted on probation.

- Complete the general university requirements.
- Complete the master's degree requirements.
- Complete the following statistics (core) courses:

STAT 651 -- Statistical Theory I (3 credits)

STAT 652 -- Statistical Theory II (4 credits)

STAT 653 -- Statistical Theory III -- Linear Models (3 credits)

STAT 654 -- Statistical Consulting Seminar (1 credit)

STAT 698 -- Project (3 credits) - Complete 1 of the following courses:

STAT 461 -- Applied Multivariate Statistics (3 credits)

STAT 602 -- Experimental Design (3 credits)

STAT 605 -- Spatial Statistics (3 credits)

STAT 631 -- Categorical Data analysis (3 credits)

STAT 661 -- Sampling Theory (3 credits)

STAT 611 -- Time Series (3 credits) - Complete at least 6 credits of approved courses from an application area or courses with substantial statistical and/or mathematical content.*
- 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 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.