The Statistics Minor

"Quantitative data are everywhere in political science. For the last three decades or so, a solid background in statistics has been essential for anybody who wants to understand empirical political science research. Most graduate programs in political science nowadays have their students take several advanced stats courses. Students with solid statistical training can apply their skills in research-based courses such as the senior seminar."
Dr. Broscheid, Political Science Professor

Statistics Major  Courses of Interest to Minors  Course Descriptions

The minor in statistics is open to any student not majoring in mathematics or statistics. A minor in statistics requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. Students seeking the minor in statistics must complete one of the following options.

Option 1

Students completing Option 1 must obtain prior approval of the courses to be counted in the minor from the statistics minor advisor, Dr. Nusrat Jahan (Roop 319, (540)568-4074) .

REQUIREMENTS

MATH 322: Applied Linear Regression. 3 CR.
Choose one of the following (3-4 credit hours).
  MATH 220: Elementary Statistics. 3 CR.
  MATH 318: Introduction to Probability and Statistics. 4 CR.
  Introductory Statistics course equivalent to 220 or 318.
Choose four of the following (12 credit hours).
  MATH 280: SAS Programming and Data Management. 3 CR.
  MATH 321: Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design. 3 CR.
  MATH 324: Applied Nonparametric Statistics. 3 CR.
  MATH 325: Survey Sampling Methods. 3 CR.
  MATH 326: Statistical Quality Control. 3 CR.
  MATH 327: Categorical Data Analysis. 3 CR.
  MATH 328: Time Series Analysis. 3 CR.
  MATH 354/BIO 454: Introduction to Biometrics. 4 CR.
  MATH 421: Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis. 3 CR.
  MATH 423: Stochastic Processes. 3 CR.
  MATH 424: Statistical Decision Theory. 3 CR.
  MATH 426: Probability and Mathematical Statistics I. 3 CR.
  MATH 427: Probability and Mathematical Statistics II. 3 CR.
  MATH 485: Selected Topics. 1-4 CR.
18-19 Total Credit Hours

Option 2

Students completing Option 2 must obtain prior approval of the courses to be counted in the minor from the statistics minor advisor, Dr. Samantha Prins (Roop 322, (540)568-5102).

REQUIREMENTS

MATH 236 and MATH 237: Calculus II & III. 8 CR.
MATH 318: Introduction to Probability and Statistics. 4 CR.
MATH 322: Applied Linear Regression. 3 CR.
Choose two of the following (6 credit hours).
  MATH 321: Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design. 3 CR.
  MATH 326: Statistical Quality Control. 3 CR.
  MATH 423: Stochastic Processes. 3 CR.
  MATH 426: Probability and Mathematical Statistics I. 3 CR.
21 Total Credit Hours

Handouts

Summary handout of statistics minor in PDF form.

Statistics Major  Courses of Interest to Minors  Course Descriptions   Top

Statistics and Mathematics Courses of Interest to Statistics Majors and Minors(1)


CourseFallSpgSum ISum II
MATH 220: Elementary Statistics. 3 CR. X X X X
MATH 231: Calculus with Functions I.(2) X X X  
MATH 232: Calculus with Functions II. 4 CR.(2) X X X? X?
MATH 235: Calculus I. 4 CR.(2) X X X  
MATH 236: Calculus II. 4 CR. X X X  
MATH 237: Calculus III. 4 CR. X X    
MATH 238: Linear Algebra with Differential Equations. 4 CR.(3) X X X  
MATH 248: Computers and Numerical Algorithms (3,2). 4 CR. X X    
MATH 280: SAS Programming and Data Management. 3 CR. X      
MATH 300: Linear Algebra. 3 CR.(3) On demand
MATH 318: Introduction to Probability and Statistics. 4 CR. X X X  
MATH 321: Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design. 3 CR. X X    
MATH 322: Applied Linear Regression. 3 CR. X X    
MATH 324: Applied Nonparametric Statistics. 3 CR.   X    
MATH 325: Survey Sampling Methods. 3 CR. X      
MATH 327: Categorical Data Analysis. 3 CR. X      
MATH 328: Time Series Analysis. 3 CR. X(4)      
MATH 354/BIO 454: Introduction to Biometrics. 4 CR.   X    
MATH 410: Advanced Calculus. 3 CR. X X    
MATH 421: Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis. 3 CR. X      
MATH 423: Stochastic Processes. 3 CR.   X(5)    
MATH 424: Statistical Decision Theory. 3 CR.   X(4)    
MATH 426: Probability and Statistics I. 3 CR. X      
MATH 427: Probability and Mathematical Statistics II. 3 CR.   X    
MATH 429: Research Project in Statistics. 1-3 CR. On demand
  1. Subject to sufficient demand.
  2. MATH 231 and Math 232 may be substituted for MATH 235.
  3. MATH 238 may be substituted for MATH 300.
  4. Offered in even numbered years only.
  5. Offered in odd numbered years only.