Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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 should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • 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

Students must complete the following four courses plus completion of one of the four lab-based Science courses (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 (12 credit hours):

  • STA 2023 Introductory Statistics I
  • STA 3024 Introductory Statistics II
  • STA 4321 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 4442 Introduction to Probability

Major Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Students must complete five courses from the following list of 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.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Grade Requirement

In general, grades of C- or better are required for courses in the mathematics major and minor and in the statistics major. However, C- is not an acceptable grade for any course that is being used as a prerequisite for a follow-on course. For these courses a grade of C (2.00 grade points) or better is required. Students whose prerequisites are more than three years old will be expected to take a placement test prior to taking a follow-on course.

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