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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistical Science Pathway Guide

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Preparation for Transfer as a Statistical Science Major

The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a statistical science major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed. If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.

UC listings refer to SMU’s University Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the University Curriculum Transfer Guide for a list of courses satisfying UC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.

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Please note: These plans assume students are ready to take calculus. If you are not “calculus ready,” take math courses to prepare you for calculus so that you advance to calculus as soon as possible. Also, if you are planning a minor, typically only one or two transfer courses will be applied.

B.S. in Statistical Science

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*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.

Statistical Science

The Department of Statistical Science  is nationally recognized as being at the forefront of statistical research and innovation.  Its graduates are highly sought after in the job markets of many different fields.  Its faculty is widely recognized for expertise in applying statistical science in diverse settings, including clinical trials, air pollution, medical imagery, census adjustment, educational testing and genetics.

A dramatic increase in the number of people trained in statistics and data analysis is required to fill the ever-increasing data analysis needs of our society.  Consequently, professionals who can appropriately analyze and interpret data are in high demand.

Wide Variety of Career Options

The wide variety of jobs available is a key asset of the statistics profession.  The explosion of data from devices such as sensors, cell phones and medical instruments has created a demand for specialists in data collection and analysis.  Government agencies, banks, insurance companies, medical schools and research hospitals are just a few of the many industries actively hiring statisticians.  Perhaps that is why Google Chief Economist Hal Varian has named “statistician” as the “sexy job of the next decade.”

Resources and Enrichment

SMU’s Science Library has one of the most extensive collections of statistical literature in the Southwest, including more than 150 statistics and mathematics journals and all major abstracting services.  Students have open-stack access.  The Don Owen Library, located within the department, has more than 500 key reference books on statistics and a collection of over 20 statistics journals.  The department also has its own computer lab with access to national super-computer centers.  Students have the opportunity to pursue common interests with faculty members through informal discussions and joint research activities.  In addition, weekly seminars within the department expose students to research efforts by other students, faculty members, and departmental visitors.  The seminars are also a forum for discussing statistical topics not covered in regular courses.

Majoring in Statistical Science

The department offers one major and one minor.  To major in Statistical Science, students must complete 18 hours of required mathematics and statistics courses and 24 hours of upper division electives

The Bachelor of Science in Statistical Science  prepares students for careers in data analysis.  The degree also prepares students for advanced studies in statistical science, such as graduate work in the field or in a related discipline.

SMU graduates with a B.S. in Statistical Science can obtain a M.S. in Applied Statistics and Data Analytics (MASDA) degree in one year by taking four STAT 6000-level courses in their senior year of undergraduate work and a further 24 credit hours of MASDA courses at the 6000-level or higher.

Minoring in Statistical Science

To Minor in Statistical Science , students must have a total of 15 term hours, 12 of which are required STAT courses.

Preparing for a Smooth Transition

A seamless transfer to SMU and the Statistical Science Program requires planning. This guide is designed to assist you in planning your transition. Taking the time to prepare for your move lays the best foundation for success. The following are a few important points to remember:

  • The second language requirement of the University Curriculum may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Work on the University Curriculum prior to transfer is highly encouraged.
  • Compare Course Descriptions found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits.
  • For additional information on the Statistical Science major, visit our department homepage or call 214-768-3262.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

SMU Degree

A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 122 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU, 42 of which must be in courses at the 3000 and higher levels. Components of the degree include:

  • Courses in your major.
  • Courses required for the University Curriculum (UC).  
  • Elective courses.  These electives may be used to add a second major or minor.

The University Curriculum (UC)

The University Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Discernment and Discourse courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Foundation courses, 2 hours of Personal Responsibility and Wellness courses, proficiency in a second language and 3 hours of a Ways of Knowing course (offered only at SMU)
  2. Breadth and Depth - 7 Breadth and 3 Depth courses which may double count with majors and minors
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - 6 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through Breadth and Depth coursework or approved, noncredit activities.

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