Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Statistical Science has three undergraduate programs: the B.S. in Statistics, a secondary major in Statistics, and the minor in Statistics.

B.S. in Statistics

The Department of Statistical Science began offering the B.S. in Statistics in Fall 2006 and the minor in Statistics in Fall 2007. These degrees are intended to provide the students with the necessary background into both the theory and application of statistics as it is used in today’s society. The major is intended for those students who either want to seek employment with the B. S. degree or continue towards their advanced degrees. The minor will most likely be taken by students who intend to enter graduate school in an area other than statistics.

Requirements for Major in Statistics
Twenty-seven semester hours including the following:
  1. STA 3381, 3386, 4382, 4385, 4386, 43C9

  2. 9 semester hours of additional Statistics courses from the following: STA 2381, 4370, 4371, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4387, 4V90. (STA 4V90 may be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.)

  3. A grade of "C" or better in courses used for the major.
Required courses in other fields:
  1. MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321

  2. CSI 1430

  3. 8 semester hours of science courses with associated labs chosen from BIO, CHE, ENV, GEO, NSC, or PHY. Each course must apply to a major in its department. Select from: BIO 1305-1105, 1306-1106; CHE 1301-1101, CHE 1302-1102; ENV 1301-1101, 1303-1103, 2407; GEO 1406, One GEO from: 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1408; NSC 1306-1106; PHY 1420, or PHY 1430.
Requirements for Major in Statistics (Actuarial Science Concentration)
Twenty-seven semester hours including the following:
  1. STA 3381, 3386, 4382, 4385, 4386, 4387, 4373

  2. 6 semester hours of additional hours of “4000” level STA courses: (STA 4V90 may be taken for a maximum of 6 hours.)

  3. A grade of "C" or better in courses used for the major.
Required courses in other fields:
  1. MTH 1321, 1322, 2311, 2321

  2. CSI 1430

  3. 8 semester hours of science courses with associated labs chosen from BIO, CHE, ENV, GEO, NSC, or PHY. Each course must apply to a major in its department. Select from: BIO 1305-1105, 1306-1106; CHE 1301-1101, CHE 1302-1102; ENV 1301-1101, 1303-1103, 2407; GEO 1406, One GEO from: 1401, 1402, 1403, 1405, 1408; NSC 1306-1106; PHY 1420, or PHY 1430.

  4. At least 18 hours selected from the following courses: ECO 1305 or ECO 1380, ACC 2303, ACC 2304, ECO 3306, ECO 3307, FIN 3305, FIN 3310, FIN 4311, FIN 4320, FIN 4366.

Requirements for Secondary Major in Statistics

In response to requests from current Baylor students, the Department of Statistical Science proposes the creation of a secondary major in Statistics.  Our world is becoming more quantitative and data-focused, job opportuni­ties in statistics are plentiful and projected to increase worldwide.  Many industries depend on statisticians to analyze data and help make critical decisions.  Career prospects are excellent for graduates that combine a degree in statistics with knowledge of other subjects such as business, engineering, science, social sciences, and the arts. 

A Baylor student whose home department is not Statistical Science must take 11 mathematics and statistics classes (33 hours) to count statistics as a secondary major.  In addition, a grade of “C” or better must be earned in these 11 courses.  Specifically the courses are:

  1. MTH 1321 (Calculus I), MTH 1322 (Calculus II), MTH (2321) Calculus III

  2. Either MTH 2311 (linear algebra) or STA 2381 (Introductory Statistical Methods)

  3. STA 3381 (Probability & Statistics), STA 4382 (Intermediate Statistical Methods), STA 4385 (Math Stat I),  STA 4386 (Math Stat II)

  4. Nine additional hours of STA courses at the 4000 level.  

Requirements for Minor in Statistics
Eighteen semester hours including the following:
  1. STA 2381 and STA 3381

  2. Additional Statistics (12 semester hours) from any STA course that counts toward the major in statistics

  3. A grade of "C or better in STA courses used for the minor