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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistics, B.S.

Statistics is the science of learning from data, whether those data come from biology, economics, engineering, medicine, public health, psychology, marketing, sports, or education. The major in statistics offers students the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to attain various career objectives in many different fields. The department offers a Bachelor of Science in statistics consisting of a 22-credit-hour core along with a minimum of 18 credit hours of MAT/STA electives. The electives may be chosen from courses at the 300 level or above (or MAT 234 ) with at least 9 of these credit hours being STA courses. Although students have freedom in choosing these elective courses, it is recommended that each student choose one of the sets that have been specially designed for particular areas of emphasis. These areas are applied statistics, theoretical statistics, and actuarial sciences.

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  • A grade below a C- is not applicable to the major.
  • At least 9 credit hours toward the major must be completed at NKU.
  • A double major in mathematics  and statistics consists of satisfying the degree requirements of both majors with a minimum of 58 credit hours of courses applicable to either major.
  • A student majoring in statistics seeking a focus in mathematics must complete four additional 300- or 400-level MAT courses not used to satisfy the statistics major.
  • Any substitutions in these programs must be made in consultation with the chair of the department.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

Degree Requirements (22 credits)

Applied Statistics Area Electives (18 credits)

The applied statistics set of electives is recommended for those who plan to seek employment in industry as a practicing statistician in positions such as a data analyst or statistical consultant.

Total Credits 40

Theoretical Statistics Area Electives (19 credits)

The theoretical statistics set of electives is recommended for those who plan to pursue graduate studies in statistics.

Select 9 additional semester hours (9 credits)

  • Select 6 additional semester hours of STA courses at the 300 level or above and 3 additional credit hours of MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above.

Total Credits 41

Actuarial Sciences Area Electives (19 credits)

The actuarial sciences set of electives is recommended for those who plan to enter the actuarial field and need a solid theoretical background along with specialized courses to prepare for success on the actuarial examinations.

Select 3 additional semester hours

  • MAT/STA courses at the 300 level or above (3 credits)

Total Credits 41