College of Arts and Sciences
Program Director: Michael Floren, PhD
Rapid advances in technology and the growing reliance on quantitative research have broadened the application of statistical reasoning to virtually all walks of life. Statistical techniques are widely used in research, industry, manufacturing, commerce, and government. The BS in Statistics program provides training in contemporary statistical techniques, as well as their theoretical background. By way of the Statistics elective courses, the program can be tailored to lead you to a wide variety of career choices in business or industry, or to prepare you for further studies in graduate school.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The following are program goals for the Statistics major, in which students will:
- Think critically, reason analytically and solve problems creatively.
- Succeed in their careers in business, industry or government, as well as in graduate school.
- Effectively communicate statistical ideas and arguments.
- Use SPSS or similar statistical computer packages to perform data analysis.
- Use statistical methods in their future endeavors not only within the discipline, but in other disciplines as well.
The Statistics major program goals are realized in the following student learning outcomes:
- Solve applied problems in differential and integral calculus, and probability theory.
- Use a variety of statistical software packages to enter and manage data, and to calculate and combine descriptive statistical parameters.
- Differentiate between various sampling techniques.
- Utilize inferential statistics.
- Calculate test statistics.
- Use various test statistics to assess the significance of a model.
- Utilize regression analysis to construct a predictive model.
- Design and analyze experiments using a variety of techniques.
- Gain entrance into careers as well as in graduate or professional school.
The Statistics major compliments the Pre-Doctor of Physical Therapy program by developing the capacity of students to analyze clinical data, which is a key component of the physical therapy profession. The flexibility of the major allows for students to complete the requirements for the BS degree in 3 1/2 years. The total number of credits required for graduation with the BS in Statistics, pre-DPT is 120. Students will also satisfy the requirements for a minor in Mathematics.
Students completing the BS in Statistics prior to entering the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program will complete the requirements below. Further information on maintaining satisfactory progress toward entry to the DPT program may be found in the Physical Therapy DPT, (Entry Level) section of the catalog.