BS with a Major in Statistics

The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Statistics is intended for students planning advanced study in statistics or for a career in the data-oriented applications of these disciplines to a wide variety of areas such as accounting, actuarial science, auditing, biostatistics, data management, financial analysis, hospital administration, long-range developmental planning, pharmaceuticals, traffic controls, and transportation management.

Majors in Statistics must complete a concentration in either Statistical Theory and Methods or Applied Statistics.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The degree requirements for Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major requirements39
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours81
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
MATH 180Calculus I a,b4
MATH 181Calculus II b4
MATH 210Calculus III b3
MATH 300Writing for Mathematics c1
STAT 381Applied Statistical Methods I3
STAT 382Statistical Methods and Computing3
STAT 401Introduction to Probability3
STAT 411Statistical Theory3
STAT 481Applied Statistical Methods II3
In addition, students must choose one of the following concentrations:12
Concentration I—Statistical Theory and Methods
Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
Applied Linear Algebra
Analysis I
One 400-level statistics course
Concentration II—Applied Statistics
Four courses in an area or topic of student interest, chosen in consultation with an advisor. The courses may be in any area outside the MSCS department that can utilize statistical methods. At least two courses must be at the 200-level or above.
Total Hours39
a

 MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

b

 This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World (nonlaboratory) General Education category.

c

 MATH 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study (Concentration I—Statistical Theory and Methods)

Students who do not place into MATH 180 should expect to take summer session courses and possibly take longer than four years to graduate. Students who have taken AP exams in calculus or computer science need to see a departmental advisor for correct placement.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
MATH 180 Calculus I a 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours14-16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours14-16
Second Year
Fall Semester
MATH 210 Calculus III 3
MATH 215 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring Semester
MATH 310 Applied Linear Algebra 3
STAT 381 Applied Statistical Methods I 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Third Year
Fall Semester
STAT 382 Statistical Methods and Computing 3
STAT 401 Introduction to Probability 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
STAT 411 Statistical Theory 3
STAT 481 Applied Statistical Methods II 3
MATH 300 Writing for Mathematics 1
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MATH 313 Analysis I 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
STAT Elective b 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

By placement. MATH 180 satisfies the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement with a grade of C or better.

b

Any 400-level course in the STAT rubric.

Note: The requirement of two additional courses taken from any general education category is satisfied by MATH 180 and MATH 181.