Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University


Statistics is the science and art of making inferences from data, under conditions of uncertainty. The practice of statistics requires not only the understanding of the statistical techniques, but also understanding of the problem requiring statistical analysis, whether it is in the liberal arts, the sciences, health sciences, or business. The statistics sequence has an interdisciplinary component so that this program will help develop skills in the application of statistics to a variety of disciplines.

There are job opportunities available in the government and private sector for individuals with training in statistical skills. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Health Statistics, National Institute of Health, and Food and Drug Administration are some government agencies having ever-growing demand for employees with statistical training. In the private sector pharmaceutical and agricultural industry and marketing are always in need for employees with statistical training. Given the present market demand for statisticians, graduates with bachelor's degree with a statistics sequence have a variety of options of choosing careers in the public sector, pharmaceutical industry, or agribusiness. Please see the following web-sites for more information on what is statistics, what can you do with statistics, and how to become a statistician.

Program Options & Requirements

1. Required courses:

  • MAT 145, Calculus I
  • MAT 146, Calculus II
  • MAT 147, Calculus III
  • MAT 175, Elementary Linear Algebra
  • MAT 260, Discrete Mathematics
  • MAT 350, Applied Probability Models
  • MAT 351, Statistics and Data Analysis

2. At least two courses from the following list:

  • MAT 353, The Analysis of Time Series
  • MAT 356, Statistical Computing
  • MAT 450, Finite Sampling
  • MAT 453, Regression Analysis
  • MAT 455, Applied Stochastic Processes
  • MAT 456, Multivariate Statistics
  • MAT 458, The Design of Experiments

[Only senior students with good standing will be allowed to take a 400-level course subject to the Graduate School's approval.]

3. One computer-programming course from Introduction to Micro Computers ACS 155.01, or ACS 155.02

4. Senior Portfolio to be handed in before graduation.

Program Options & Requirements, cont'd

4. Select at least two of the following areas and complete at least two courses from the list of approved courses for each area.

Biology (Complete two):

  • BSC 201: Ecology
  • BSC 203: Cell Biology
  • BSC 219: Genetics
  • BSC 297: Biological Evolution
  • BSC 321: Molecular and Developmental Genetics

Economics (Complete two):

  • ECO 225: Labor Economics and Labor Problems
  • ECO 235: Telecommunications Economics and Public Policy
  • ECO 238: Using Econometrics
  • ECO 239: Managerial Economics
  • ECO 240: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO 241: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO 320: Industrial Organization
  • ECO 339: Organizational Economics
  • ECO 331: Intermediate Economic Statistics

Psychology (Complete two):

  • PSY 231 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 331 Laboratory in Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 334 Psychological Measurement
  • PSY 230 Business and Industrial Psychology
  • PSY 232 Personality

Note: It is to the advantage of the student to have a minor or double major in one of the above areas. However, it is not a requirement for the sequence. Senior students in good standing are encouraged to take upper level applied statistics courses from selected cognate areas.