Overview

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.

Course Offerings

The Minor in Statistics consists of 16 semester hours that include the following courses:

MTH 125: Calculus I (4 hrs.)
MTH 221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
MTH 222: Regression Analysis (3 hrs.)
MTH 321: Probability and Statistics I (3 hrs.)
   

Either of the following courses:
MTH 322: Probability and Statistics II (3 hrs.)
    or
MTH 337: Internship

Core Curriculum

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:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society SLS260, PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[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

 

Career Options

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.