### The Statistics Program

Statistics is the science and art of making inferences from data under
conditions of uncertainty. The practice of statistics requires not only
an understanding of statistical techniques, but also some understanding
of the nuances of the problem requiring statistical analysis — whether
it is in the social or physical sciences, engineering, medicine or

business.

The major program leading to a B.S. in Statistics, offered by the
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is geared toward the above
goal. The educational program is designed to give students a broad
perspective on the theory and applications of statistics. In
particular, the interdisciplinary curriculum structure of the program

helps develop skills in the application of statistical methods to a
variety of disciplines. The university’s state-of-the-art computing
facilities are available to all students and are used in conjunction
with instruction.

UMBC is the only institution in Maryland offering an undergraduate
major in statistics. Students from other fields (other than mathematics
or statistics) also may obtain a minor in statistics.

### Career and Academic Paths

The use of statistical methods to address complex problems is
pervasive in almost all areas of business, government and science, and
this has created a growing demand for statisticians. UMBC’s location
puts it at the heart of some of the most exciting statistical work in
the nation, carried out at the Census Bureau (Suitland, MD), Bureau of
Labor Statistics (Washington, D.C.).

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Washington, D.C.), National
Center for Health Statistics (Hyattsville, MD), the Army Research
Laboratory (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD), National Institutes of Health
(Bethesda, MD), and the Food and Drug Administration (Rockville, MD),
along with several other federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies and
other industries. The ever-growing demand for statisticians at these
places makes our B.S. in Statistics very attractive.

Statisticians working at the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor
Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, etc., are required
to work on various applications, including design and analysis of
surveys, evaluation of non-sampling errors resulting from non-response
and research to reduce these errors.

Statisticians working at pharmaceutical companies are required to be
knowledgeable in biostatistics. Our B.S. program (applied statistics
track) is tailored toward the needs of federal agencies, pharmaceutical
companies and industries in general.

In addition, there is a heavy demand for statisticians who have
completed graduate degrees (M.S. or Ph.D.). The mathematical statistics
track in the B.S. program prepares students to pursue graduate study in
statistics.

### Academic Advising

Subsequent to the declaration of a major in statistics, each student
will be assigned an advisor from the statistics faculty of the
department. Students must consult with their advisor prior to course
registration. In addition to keeping track of each student’s academic
progress through the academic program, the faculty advisor is available

to discuss related issues such as career goals, internship
opportunities, opportunities for graduate study, etc. The departmental
advising process is designed to give each student individual
attentionand guidance.

### The B.S. Program in Statistics

Students may tailor their program of study by choosing one of two
tracks: the applied statistics track or the mathematical statistics
track. Students in the applied statistics track take courses that help
develop skills in the application of statistics to real problems. This
track is recommended for students who wish to prepare for employment in
government or industry. The applied statistics track is also
appropriate for those who wish to pursue graduate study in statistics,
with an emphasis on applications. The track in mathematical statistics
provides the necessary background and stimulation for graduate study in
statistics, applied mathematics or other quantitative fields such as
computer science or engineering.

The Bachelor of Science in Statistics consists of at least 64
credits,distributed
as follows:

### The Applied Statistics Track

#### Core Requirements for the B.S. Degree

All majors in the applied statistics track must successfully
complete:

#### All of the following courses:

- MATH 151

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I [4]
- MATH 152

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II [4]
- MATH 221

Introduction to Linear Algebra [3]
- MATH 251

Multivariable Calculus [4]

#### One Course From:

- STAT 350

Statistics With Applications in the Biological Sciences [4]

OR
- STAT 351

Applied Statistics for Business and Economics [4]

OR
- STAT 355

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Scientists and
Engineers[4]
- CMPE 320

#### All of the following courses:

- STAT 433

Statistical Computing [3]
- STAT 451

Introduction to Probability Theory [3]
- STAT 453

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics [3]
- STAT 454

Applied Statistics [3]

**Electives**

Majors in the applied statistics track must successfully complete
nine elective courses, with at least four courses in statistics.
Electives are to be chosen with departmental approval. Some suggested
electives are:

#### Electives in mathematics and statistics:

- MATH 301

Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I [4]
- MATH 302

Introduction to MathematicalAnalysis II [3]
- MATH 341
- MATH 381

Linear Methods in Operations Research [3]
- MATH 430

Matrix Analysis [3]
- MATH 441

Introduction to Numerical Analysis
- MATH 452

Introduction to Stochastic Processes [3]
- STAT 405

Survey Sampling [3]
- STAT 414

Environmental Statistics [3]
- STAT 417

Introduction to Time Series Data Analysis [3]
- STAT 418

Applied Multivariate Methods [3]
- STAT 419

Introduction to Biostatistics [3]
- STAT 455

Design of Experiments and Quality Control [3]

#### Electives in other fields:

- CMSC 201

Computer Science I for Majors [4]

OR
- CMSC 202

Computer Science II for Majors [4]
- CMSC 331

Principles of Programming Languages [3]
- CMSC 341

Data Structures [3]
- ECON 421

Introduction to Econometrics [3]
- ECON 422

Topics in Econometrics [3]
- ECON 423

Economic Forecasting [3]
- IS 410

Introduction to Database Program Development [3]
- IS 420

Advanced Database Project [3]
- IS 427

Artificial Intelligence [3]
- IS 444

Total Quality Management for the Information Systems Department [3]
- POLI 400

Qualitative Research Methods in Political Science [3]
- PSYC 331

Experimental Psychology – Design and Analysis I [4]
- PSYC 332

Experimental Psychology – Design and Analysis II [4]
- SOCY 419

Qualitative Methods in Social Research [3]

Other electives will be permitted with departmental approval.

### The Mathematical Statistics Track

#### Core Requirements for the B.S. Degree

All majors in the mathematical statistics track must successfully
complete:

- MATH 151

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I [4]
- MATH 152

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II [4]
- MATH 221

Introduction to Linear Algebra [3]
- MATH 251

Multivariable Calculus [4]
- MATH 301

Introduction to Mathematical Analysis I [4]
- STAT 433

Statistical Computing [3]
- STAT 451

Introduction to Probability Theory [3]
- STAT 453

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics [3]
- STAT 454

Applied Statistics [3]

**Electives**

Majors in the mathematical statistics track must successfully
complete nine elective courses, with at least six courses in
mathematics and statistics. The electives may be chosen from the
suggested list of electives for the applied statistics track. The
electives are to be chosen with departmental approval. Electives other
than those among the suggested list will be permitted with departmental
approval.

### Proficiency in English

All statistics majors in either track must demonstrate their
proficiency in English by passing ENGL 393: Technical Writing and by
passing a course in speech. (SPCH)) Note that ENGL 393 satisfies the
GEP writing intensive requirement.

### Honors Program

Students may graduate with departmental honors by completing all
major requirements with a GPA of 3.6 or higher and by completing, in
addition to other requirements for a major in statistics, a senior
thesis (STAT 497 or MATH 497) with a grade of “A” or “B.” Students
wishing to graduate with departmental honors must notify the department
by the beginning of their senior year.

### Combined B.S./M.S. Program

A combined B.S./M.S. program is available for qualified students.
The program leads to the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Statistics. A total
of up to nine credit hours will be allowed, with departmental approval,
for combined undergraduate and graduate credit. Application may be made
after completing the following courses with a “B” average: MATH 151,
152, 221, 251 and STAT 451, 453 and 454. By the time the student has
earned nine graduate credits, he or she must have completed the regular
application process for formal admittance to the M.S. program.

### Minor in Statistics

The minor in statistics is not available to mathematics majors. The
minor program in statistics requires:

- MATH 151

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I [4]
- MATH 152

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II [4]
- MATH 221

Introduction to Linear Algebra [3]

#### AND one of the following options:

#### 1)One 300 level course from:

- STAT 350

Statistics with Applications in the BiologicalSciences [4]

OR
- STAT 351

Applied Statistics for Business and Economics

OR
- STAT 355

Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Scientists andEngineers
[4]

**AND** three additional 400-level courses in statistics

Credit will not be given to STAT 350,
351 or 355 if taken after completing STAT 451. Those students who first
complete STAT 451 should choose option two to satisfy the minor
requirements.

#### 2) STAT451Introduction to Probability Theory [3]

**AND** Three additional 400-level
courses in statistics

Those students who follow Option 1 will
complete a total of 24 credits of course work in mathematics and

statistics toward the minor. Those who follow Option 2 will complete a
total of 23 credits of course work in mathematics and statistics toward
the minor.

#### Special Opportunities

UMBC’s proximity to federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies and
other industries in the Baltimore-Washington area provides students
ample opportunities to gain hands-on experience in applied statistical
work through cooperative educational experiences and internships during
the academic year and during summer. The department is very proactive
in finding internship opportunities for students.