2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog
Majors
A statistics major is a student who likes using mathematical skills to solve practical problems. Statistics are used extensively in research conducted to improve medical, agricultural, industrial and business practices, to assess economic and social conditions, to estimate political opinion and to monitor the effectiveness of government programs. Indeed, statistical analysis is at the heart of most forms of research.
A statistics major learns how to design studies that effectively address the purpose of a research project and how to analyze properly the data collected in that study. Courses cover general tools applicable in a wide variety of settings (e.g., regression and design of experiments) and the mathematical foundations of statistics. There are also courses that explore specific data types encountered in practical settings. Statistics majors have the option to minor in actuarial science, a profession involving the statistical and financial practices of insurance.
All students who wish to major in statistics must consult a department adviser early in their program.
Core (complete all): STA 4210, 4211, 4321, 4322, 4504; MAC 2312-3213 or MAC 3473-3474; MAS 3114 or 4105
Statistics electives: Select any two additional three-credit hour 4000-level courses (not individual study) offered by the Department of Statistics
Programming electives (choose one): CGS 2420, 2425-2425L, 3403, 3460, 3464; CIS 3020, COP 3175
Math science electives (choose one): COT 4501, ESI 4312, MAA 4102, MAA 4211, MAD 4401, MAS 4105 (if not used in core), MAS 4107
The courses STA 4210-4211 must be taken in sequence. STA 4321-4322 should be completed by the end of the junior year.
The student must receive a grade of C or higher within two attempts (including withdrawals) in every required core course and in every course counted toward the 12-hour elective requirement. The grades from all attempts to satisfy the core requirements will be used to compute a core GPA that must be at least a 2.0. In addition, the student must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all attempts to satisfy the core and elective requirements.
No majors can take any statistics course at the 3000 level or below after completing a 4000-level STA course.
Students cannot retake a core or elective course(s) in which a C or better grade has been earned.
If graduate study in statistics is planned, courses MAA 4211 and MAS 4105 are recommended.
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.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
* The three-course sequence, MAC 3472, 3473 and 3474 (Honors Calculus 1-3), can be substituted for MAC 2311, 2312 and 2313.
** PHY 2020 and three elective hours can be taken for CHM 1030 and 1031.
Note: Approved electives include 21 non-STA electives at the 3000 level or higher. If graduate study in statistics is contemplated, MAA 4211 and MAS 4105 are recommended; choose other electives from the physical, biological or agricultural sciences.
Statistics |
Colleges: Agricultural and Life Sciences and Liberal Arts and Sciences (Semester plans differ depending on the college) |
Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science |
Hours for the Degree: 120 |
Minor: Yes |
Combined-Degree Program: Yes |
Website: www.stat.ufl.edu/academics/ugrad/undergrad_prog.shtml |
A statistics major is a student who likes using mathematical skills to solve practical problems. Statistics are used extensively in research conducted to improve medical, agricultural, industrial and business practices, to assess economic and social conditions, to estimate political opinion and to monitor the effectiveness of government programs. Indeed, statistical analysis is at the heart of most forms of research.
A statistics major learns how to design studies that effectively address the purpose of a research project and how to analyze properly the data collected in that study. Courses cover general tools applicable in a wide variety of settings (e.g., regression and design of experiments) and the mathematical foundations of statistics. There are also courses that explore specific data types encountered in practical settings. Statistics majors have the option to minor in actuarial science, a profession involving the statistical and financial practices of insurance.
All students who wish to major in statistics must consult a department adviser early in their program.
Core (complete all): STA 4210, 4211, 4321, 4322, 4504; MAC 2312-3213 or MAC 3473-3474; MAS 3114 or 4105
Statistics electives: Select any two additional three-credit hour 4000-level courses (not individual study) offered by the Department of Statistics
Programming electives (choose one): CGS 2420, 2425-2425L, 3403, 3460, 3464; CIS 3020, COP 3175
Math science electives (choose one): COT 4501, ESI 4312, MAA 4102, MAA 4211, MAD 4401, MAS 4105 (if not used in core), MAS 4107
The courses STA 4210-4211 must be taken in sequence. STA 4321-4322 should be completed by the end of the junior year.
The student must receive a grade of C or higher within two attempts (including withdrawals) in every required core course and in every course counted toward the 12-hour elective requirement. The grades from all attempts to satisfy the core requirements will be used to compute a core GPA that must be at least a 2.0. In addition, the student must maintain an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all attempts to satisfy the core and elective requirements.
No majors can take any statistics course at the 3000 level or below after completing a 4000-level STA course.
Students cannot retake a core or elective course(s) in which a C or better grade has been earned.
If graduate study in statistics is planned, courses MAA 4211 and MAS 4105 are recommended.
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.
Critical Tracking and Semester Plan
Semester 1:
- 2.0 UF GPA required for semesters 1-5
Semester 2:
- Complete MAC 1147 or higher-level calculus
Semester 3:
- Complete MAC 2311
Semester 4:
- Complete MAC 2312 with a 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work
Semester 5:
- Complete MAC 2313 and either a programming elective or any STA course with a 2.5 GPA on all critical-tracking course work
To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Semester 1 | Credits |
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) * | 4 |
BSC 2007 and 2009L Biological Sciences: Cells, Organisms and Genetics (3) and Laboratory (1) (GE-B) | 4 |
Composition (GE-C, WR) | 3 |
Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
Total | 14 |
Semester 2 | Credits |
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) * | 4 |
BSC 2008 Biological Sciences: Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (GE-B) | 3 |
AEE 3030C Effective Oral Communication | 3 |
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) | 3 |
Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
Total | 16 |
Semester 3 | Credits |
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) * | 4 |
CHM 1030 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 1 (GE-P) or PHY 2020 Introduction to the Principles of Physics ** | 3 |
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 or STA 3032 Engineering Statistics (GE-M) or programming elective | 3 |
AEB 3103 Principles of Food and Resource Economics (4) or ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics (3) | 3-4 |
Elective | 2 |
Total | 15-16 |
Semester 4 | Credits |
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) or Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
AEE 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences | 3 |
CHM 1031 Basic Chemistry Concepts and Applications, Part 2 or Elective * | 3 |
Electives | 6 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 5 | Credits |
STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics 1 | 3 |
STA 4210 Regression Analysis | 3 |
MAS 3114 Computational Linear Algebra or MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1 | 3 |
Approved electives (see note) | 6 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 6 | Credits |
STA 4322 Mathematical Statistics 2 | 3 |
STA 4211 Design of Experiments | 3 |
STA 4504 Categorical Data Analysis | 3 |
Approved electives (see note) | 6 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 7 | Credits |
STA electives (4000 level) | 6 |
Advanced math elective (chose one: COT 4501, ESI 4312, MAA 4102, MAA 4211, MAD 4401, MAS 4105 [if not in core] or MAS 4107) | 3 |
Approved electives (see note) | 6 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 8 | Credits |
Programming elective (see note) | 3 |
Approved electives (see note) | 12 |
Total | 15 |
* The three-course sequence, MAC 3472, 3473 and 3474 (Honors Calculus 1-3), can be substituted for MAC 2311, 2312 and 2313.
** PHY 2020 and three elective hours can be taken for CHM 1030 and 1031.
Note: Approved electives include 21 non-STA electives at the 3000 level or higher. If graduate study in statistics is contemplated, MAA 4211 and MAS 4105 are recommended; choose other electives from the physical, biological or agricultural sciences.
Semester 1 | Credits |
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (GE-M) | 4 |
Physical Science (GE-P) | 3 |
Science laboratory (GE-P or GE-B) | 1 |
Composition (GE-C, WR) | 3 |
Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
Total | 14 |
Semester 2 | Credits |
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (GE-M) | 4 |
Physical Science (GE-P) | 3 |
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) | 3 |
Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
Elective | 3-2 |
Total | 16-15 |
Semester 3 | Credits |
MAC 2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (GE-M) | 4 |
Foreign language | 4-5 |
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 or STA 3032 Engineering Statistics (GE-M) | 3 |
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) | 3 |
Total | 14-15 |
Semester 4 | Credits |
Programming elective | 3 |
Foreign language | 3-5 |
MAS 3114 Computational Linear Algebra (3) or MAS 4105 Linear Algebra 1 (4) | 3-4 |
Humanities (GE-H) | 3 |
Elective (needed if placed out of language with SAT II) | 3-0 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 5 | Credits |
STA 4321 Mathematical Statistics 1 (GE-M) | 3 |
STA 4210 Regression Analysis (GE-M) | 3 |
Biological Science (GE-B) | 3 |
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) | 3 |
Elective (or foreign language if 4-3-3 option) | 3 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 6 | Credits |
STA 4322 Mathematical Statistics 2 (GE-M) | 3 |
STA 4211 Design of Experiments | 3 |
Biological Science (GE-B) | 3 |
Composition | 3 |
STA 4504 Categorical Data Analysis | 3 |
Total | 15 |
Semester 7 | Credits |
STA electives | 6 |
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) | 8-10 |
Elective | 2-0 |
Total | 16 |
Semester 8 | Credits |
Math science elective for major (choose from COT 4501, ESI 4321, MAA 4102 or 4211, MAD 4401, MAS 4105 [if not used in core] or MAS 4107) | 3 |
Electives | 12 |
Total | 15 |