Statistics is the science of making decisions in the presence of uncertainty. The world is not black and white, and statistical science embraces the gray areas. What do statistical models suggest about climate change, and what are the expected impacts? Are the basic human rights of health care, education, and equality being met? Does an experimental drug improve quality of life? Is the economy improving, and how does that relate to the job market? What do the latest polls suggest about who will win the election? And, on a less serious note perhaps, what should I expect from my favorite ballplayer or team in the upcoming season?
Statisticians conduct research in diverse areas, including agriculture, education, ecology and the environment, economics, law, medicine, national defense, psychology, public health, quality control, risk assessment, and sports. The Minor in Statistics serves as an excellent complement to majors associated with these disciplines, or can be a gateway to graduate study in statistics.
The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:
|Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
|First Year Seminar||FYS110|
|Composition & Speech||ENG110 & ENG120|
|Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought||BIB130 or BIB140|
|Literary Studies||LIT270 or LIT290|
|Historical Reasoning||WCV180 or WCV190|
|Empirical Study of Person and Society||PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201|
|Culture and Intercultural Dynamics||WRC370|
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
|SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201|
|Mathematical Reasoning||STA120, CSC111, MTH125|
|Second Language||Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)|
|Creative Arts||FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
|Ethical Citizenship in the World||ETH490|
|U.S. Pluralism||Designated Courses TBD|
At Maryville College, statistics minors learn how to design studies, draw inferences from data, identify trends, model outcomes of interest, and understand the mathematical foundations of applied statistics. Minors have gone on to positions in risk management and actuarial science, and to graduate school—a Sociology Major and Statistics Minor commented that he became known as the “statistics guru” in his graduate program. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in developing the skill set necessary to become our next statistics guru.