## B.A./B.S. in Statistics

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. or B.S. in statistics.

### What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science of collecting, organizing, and interpreting data. The goal of statistics is not merely to perform computations and make graphs with data, but also to learn from data. You’ll gain special training to draw conclusions and make decisions through the analysis of data in the face of uncertainty. Understanding statistics, including its misuses and limitations, is a critical component of being an informed citizen in our increasingly data-driven world.

### Why Statistics?

With a Valpo degree in statistics, you can pursue a career in a wide array of fields, such as medicine, public health, education, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and government. Statisticians serve in many important capacities, including studying the safety of nuclear power plants, evaluating the environmental impact of pollution, determining the effectiveness of new drugs, estimating the U.S. unemployment rate, and analyzing consumer demand for products.

Employment opportunities in statistics are growing quickly, and there are too few people trained in data analysis to meet the strong demand in the job market. A major in statistics provides students with a foundation in statistical theory and focuses on how to appropriately conduct statistical analyses in real applications.

You will take a broad range of statistics and mathematics classes with particular focus on research and analysis. Students who complete the major in statistics will gain quantitative, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Course |
Title |
Credits |

Introductory Statistics Course |
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One course from the following options is required: |
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STAT 140 |
General Statistics | 3 Credits |

STAT 240 (*) |
Statistical Analysis | 3 Credits |

PSY 201 |
Statistical Methods | 3 Credits |

IDS 205 |
Business Statistics | 3 Credits |

(*) STAT 240 is the recommended option. | ||

Intermediate Statistics Course |
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One course from the following options is required: |
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STAT 340 |
Statistics for Decision Making | 3 Credits |

ECON 325 |
Econometrics | 3 Credits |

Core Courses |
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The following courses are required: | ||

DATA 151 |
Introduction to Data Science | 3 Credits |

STAT 343 |
Time Series Analysis | 3 Credits |

STAT 344 |
Stochastic Processes | 3 Credits |

STAT 361 |
Introduction to R | 1 Credit |

STAT 363 |
Introduction to SAS | 3 Credits |

STAT 441 |
Probability | 4 Credits |

STAT 442 |
Mathematical Statistics | 3 Credits |

STAT 299 |
Statistics Colloquium I | 1 Credit |

STAT 399 |
Statistics Colloquium II | 1 Credit |

STAT 499 |
Statistics Colloquium III | 1 Credit |

Elective |
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One course from the following options is required: |
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ACRS 325 |
Actuarial Modeling | 3 Credits |

BIO/MATH 321 |
Mathematical Models of Infectious Disease | 3 Credits |

BUS 440 |
Data Mining | 3 Credits |

CS 325 |
Simulation and Modeling | 3 Credits |

DATA 433 |
Data Mining and Applications | 3 Credits |

ECON 473 |
Applied Data Science | 3 Credits |

GEO/MET 460 |
Data Analysis | 3 Credits |

POLS 210 |
Research Methods in Political Science | 3 Credits |

PSY 202 |
Research Methods in Psychology | 3 Credits |

SOC 320 |
Research Methods in Sociology | 3 Credits |

STAT 490 |
Advanced Topics in Statistics | 3 Credits |

*Note: The chosen elective may not be used to fulfill the requirements of any other major or minor. | ||

Additional Required Courses: |
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MATH 131 |
Calculus I | 4 Credits |

MATH 132 |
Calculus II | 4 Credits |

MATH 253 |
Calculus III | 4 Credits |

One course from the following is also required: |
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MATH 260 |
Linear Systems and Matrices | 1 Credit |

MATH 264 |
Linear Algebra | 3 Credits |

*Statistics majors may not pursue a minor in applied statistics.

*Statistics majors who are also pursuing either the mathematics major or the complementary mathematics major may not use courses with a STAT prefix to fulfill any of the upper-level elective requirements for the mathematics major or the complementary mathematics major.