About this Program
- College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Degrees: Bachelor of Arts | Bachelor of Science
- Credits for Degree: 120
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To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.
Statistics majors learn how to design studies that effectively address the purpose of a research project and how to properly analyze the data collected in such studies. Core courses cover statistical methods applicable in a wide variety of settings (e.g., regression and design of experiments) as well as the conceptual and mathematical foundations of statistics. Other courses explore specific data types often encountered in practical settings. Statistics majors have the option to minor in actuarial science, a profession involving the statistical and financial practices of insurance.
Students who wish to major in statistics must consult a department advisor early in their programs.
Coursework for the Major
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in statistics. The B.A. is intended for students who wish to pursue a career in the field of statistics or to teach statistics at the secondary-school level, but who do not currently contemplate graduate study in statistics. The B.S. is intended for students who wish to pursue graduate study in statistics or a closely related area, and for other strong students with a deeper interest in the mathematical foundations of statistics.
Students must receive minimum grades of C within two attempts (including withdrawals) in every required core course and in every course counted toward the 12 credit elective requirement, with the exception of MAC 2312 and MAC 2313 where students must receive a minimum grade of B-. Students cannot retake core or statistics elective courses after earning a minimum grade of C, with the exception of MAC 2312 and MAC 2313, in which students must receive a minimum grade of B-. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved on all attempts of core and major elective courses and 2.67 on MAC 2312 and MAC 2313. The grades from all attempts to satisfy core requirements will be used to compute the minimum GPA. A minimum of 18 credits of major coursework must be taken at UF, including a minimum of 12 credits of core coursework.
Required Coursework for Both Degrees
The B.A. in statistics requires a minimum of 42 credits in statistics and related coursework. The B.S. in statistics requires a minimum of 49 credits in statistics and related coursework. It is important that the prerequisites of each class are met before the class is attempted.
|Select one of the following:||12|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1|
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2
and Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3
|Honors Calculus 1|
and Honors Calculus 2
and Honors Calculus 3
|STA 4210||Regression Analysis 1||3|
|STA 4211||Design of Experiments 1,2||3|
|STA 4321||Introduction to Probability 1||3|
|STA 4322||Introduction to Statistics Theory 1,3||3|
|STA 4504||Categorical Data Analysis||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Sample Survey Design|
|Nonparametric Statistical Methods|
|Multivariate Statistical Methods|
|Introduction to Survival Analysis|
|Introduction to Time Series and Forecasting|
Prerequisite: STA 4210.
Prerequisite: STA 4321.
Combined Degree Program
Superior students can earn both the bachelor's and master's degrees in a shorter time than typically would be possible by counting up to 12 credits of approved graduate courses toward both degrees. For information and application, contact the undergraduate or graduate coordinator.
Relevant Minors and/or Certificates
Statistics majors may want to consider a minor in actuarial science, which prepares students for careers as actuaries. Required courses cover the material for the beginning examinations and VEE credits leading to an associateship in the major national actuarial societies.
The statistics major enables students to achieve proficiency in the fundamentals of statistical reasoning. Through study of both theoretical and applied statistics and through data analysis projects, students will gain knowledge in problem solving, statistical applications and data-based inferences. Emphasis is on developing the ability to approach real world problems and through the use of statistical methods to be able to analyze and to draw valid scientific inferences.
Before Graduating Students Must
- Complete an exam on the fundamentals of statistics, which will be 5% of your grade in STA 4211.
- Complete a data analysis project, which will be 10% of your grade in STA 4211.
- Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.
Students in the Major Will Learn to
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
- Identify, define and describe concepts and issues in statistics, including those involved in designing a statistical study, in statistical estimation and in tests of hypotheses.
- Identify sources of variability in a given problem setting and formulate an appropriate statistical analysis.
- Clearly and effectively present ideas in speech and in writing concerning statistical issues and analyses of data.
I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed
|Courses||SLO 1||SLO 2||SLO 3|
- Written and oral presentations