Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Statistics (STC)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 27.0501

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

Statistics is a science of information gathering, data analysis, and decision making. It is a discipline that blends the applied with the theoretical and our courses reflect this mix. These courses provide an excellent preparation for careers in industrial statistics, actuarial science, biostatistics, and statistical research.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF from a Florida College System institution should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

A student who transfers without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C" is the minimum acceptable grade.

  • COP XXXX A Scientific Programming Course designed for Computer Science Majors
  • MAC X311 Calculus I
  • MAC X312 Calculus II - Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MAC X313 Calculus III
  • STA 2XXX Statistics

Total Major Hours: 46 Hours

Major Core Courses - 31 Hours

Majors must complete the following five courses plus completion of one of the four lab-based Science courses (Minimum 19 credit hours):

  • MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 Engineering Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 Calculus II or MAC 2282 Engineering Calculus II
  • MAC 2313 Calculus III or MAC 2283 Engineering Calculus III
  • STA 4102 Computational Methods for Applied Statistics
  • Plus completion of one of the four lab-based Science courses below:

Required Courses (Minimum 12 credit hours):

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Majors must complete four courses from the following electives (Minimum 15 credit hours):

One or two courses from another department which are of high statistical content may be taken as electives, with the prior approval of the Chair of the department.

STA 4930 Selected Topics in Statistics may be taken as electives, with the prior approval of the Chair of the department.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Please make sure to visit the following website http://math.usf.edu/resources/advising/ for additional information and all your advising needs.

Major Faculty

Chairperson: L. Skrzypek; Associate Chairperson: S. Suen; Distinguished University Professors: D. Khavinson, C.P. Tsokos; Professors: X. Hou, N. Jonoska, A.G. Kartsatos, G. Ladde, M.N. Manougian, E. Rakhmanov, K.M. Ramachandran, J.S. Ratti, M. Saito, B. Shekhtman, W.R. Stark, V. Totik, Y. You; Associate Professors: T. Bieske, C. Beneteau, B. Curtin, M. Elhamdadi, S. Kouchekian, W. Ma, G.L. McColm, M.M. McWaters, B.T. Nagle, L. Skrzypek, S. Suen, R. Teodorescu; Assistant Professors A. Danielyan, M. Krajcevski, S.Y. Lee, D. Shen, R. Wooten; Instructors: A. Bieske, F. Burgos, I. Chitikov,  F. Hopf, S.E. Rimbey, I. Rothstein; Scholar/Scientist/Engineer: A. Grinshpan; Professors Emeriti: W.E. Clark, S. Isaak, J.J. Liang, A. Mukherjea, K.L. Pothoven, F.J. Zerla, C.A. William.

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