
20132014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Statistics (STAT)  BS Major


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The BS Program in Statistics provides students with instruction in the basic techniques, applications, and theories of mathematics and statistics. Students choosing statistics may complete a statistics project under the supervision of a faculty member. This provides students the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a consulting project or research problem. For students planning to attend graduate school, the research project is recommended. Internship opportunities also exist for students in the statistics major. Recent graduates have completed internships at the Mayo Clinic, insurance companies, local industry, and nonprofit organizations. Both consulting projects and internships are good choices for students seeking employment upon graduation.
Students who are interested in business or industrial applications of statistics might consider the fields of actuarial science or quality control. Specific information about these two fields follows the required coursework for the statistics major.

Departmental Core (23 S.H.)
Techniques of Continuous Mathematics – MATH (12 S.H.)
Introduction to Theoretical and Discrete Mathematics – MATH (8 S.H.)
Statistics – STAT (3 S.H.)
Choose one: Note:
† MATH 313 is required for the mathematics major.
‡ With the academic advisor’s approval, a different upperdivision MATH or STAT course may be substituted for the mathematics major. Required Courses (24 S.H.)
Capstone Experience – STAT (3 S.H.)
For each capstone experience, a project proposal must be developed in consultation with a faculty member. A written report is required for satisfactory completion of the capstone experience. The written report must summarize the work completed for the course. Students are expected to submit a poster and/or give an oral presentation at a forum approved by the designated faculty member. Electives (12 S.H.)
In consultation with an advisor, students should choose 12 semester hours from MATH courses numbered 302 and above, STAT courses numbered 320 and above, CS courses numbered 234 and above, or ◆ FIN 335  Forecasting Methods . Students may also choose other classes with a significant mathematical/statistical component offered outside the department; however, the courses must be approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. At least 6 semester hours must be chosen from STAT courses. Actuarial Science
To become a certified actuary, candidates must pass a series of examinations that are administered by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Some of the examinations can be successfully completed while the student is still in college. In fact, some companies hire only candidates who have successfully completed at least one of the examinations.
WSU offers the following courses that will prepare students for the first exam on Probability (SOA Exam P1).
Actuaries are also required to be certified in three key subject areas through their college coursework that are not covered on the SOA examinations. This certification is called Validation through Educational Experience (VEE). Subject areas and courses for VEE certification are listed below.
Quality Assessment and Improvement
Mathematics/Statistics majors who are interested in the area of quality assessment and improvement should consider preparing themselves for the ASQ (American Society for Quality) certification examinations. These examinations are nationally recognized and greatly enhance employment opportunities. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers the following courses to help students prepare for certification examinations:
Quality Inspector: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control

Quality Technician: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control

Quality Auditor: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control

Software Quality Engineer: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control 
Quality Improvement Associate: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control , STAT 321  Industrial Design of Experiments I

Quality Engineer: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control  STAT 321  Industrial Design of Experiments I

Six Sigma Black Belt/Green Belt:


STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control  STAT 321  Industrial Design of Experiments I

Manager of Quality/
Organizational Excellence: 

STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control , STAT 350  Design of Samples and Surveys 
Reliability Engineer: 

MATH 140  Applied Calculus or MATH 212  Calculus I , STAT 110  Fundamentals of Statistics or STAT 210  Statistics or STAT 303  Introduction to Engineering Statistics , ◆ STAT 320  Statistical Quality Control , STAT 350  Design of Samples and Surveys

Biostatistics
Students interested in biostatistics are advised to take courses in biology, computer science, health sciences, and statistics, such as: Note:
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement 
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