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  Sep 25, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Statistics


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Magdalena Niewiadomska-Bugaj , Chair
Main Office:  3304 Everett Tower
Telephone:  (269) 387-1420
Fax:  (269) 387-1419

Loren Heun
Kevin Lee
Joseph McKean
Joshua Naranjo
Georgiana Onicescu
Rajib Paul
Jeffrey Terpstra

Statistics is the science of data analysis and inference. The Department of Statistics offers a variety of courses in applied and theoretical statistics. Course work is designed to enable students to function professionally as statisticians in industry or government and to prepare them for graduate study in statistics. Shortages of qualified statisticians are anticipated through the next decade.

The department offers a major in statistics and two minors, one in data analysis and one in general statistics. The majority of courses make use of the computer and statistical software packages. Course work for the major requires calculus and linear algebra. These are usually taken in the first two years of course work. The data analysis minor does not require a strong mathematics background.

During their first year, students should contact an advisor in the Department of Statistics located at 3306 Everett Tower.

At most one course with a grade below “C” can be applied toward a major or minor in Statistics.

Honors in Statistics

Note:  Qualified students may plan a program to graduate with honors in statistics. The following are the requirements for graduation with Honors in Statistics:

  1. Grade point average of at least 3.7 in statistics and mathematics courses
  2. Overall grade point average of at least 3.25
  3. Completion of the following:
    an upper-level theoretical course
    an approved independent study project leading to a paper or presentation

Interested students should see their advisor in their junior year or early in their senior year to plan an “honors program.”

The department offers an opportunity that allows students to graduate with BS then MS degree in Statistics in five years. The details about the Accelerated Master’s degree can be found on the department website www.stat.wmich.edu/ugrad/adp.html.

 

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