Matthew Coppenbarger, Interim Head, School of Mathematical Sciences

585-475-5887, mecsma@rit.edu

Lindsay Cohen, Academic Adviser

585-475-6479, laciao@rit.edu

## Program overview

The applied statistics and actuarial science major provides students with a strong foundation in mathematical and statistical methodology, experience in its applications, a solid background in the use of statistical computing packages, and the skills to communicate the results of statistical analysis. This gives students an advantage in the fields of business, government, and industry, and also prepares them well for advanced study in graduate school.

Students collaborate with specialists in both scientific and non-technical areas to design and conduct experiments and interpret the results. Application areas are very diverse and include product design, biostatistics, actuarial science, quality control, and statistical forecasting.

## Curriculum

#### Applied statistics and actuarial science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course | Sem. Cr. Hrs. | |
---|---|---|

First Year |
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MATH-199 | Mathematics and Statistics Seminar | 1 |

MATH-181 | LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Project-based Calculus I | 4 |

MATH-182 | LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Project-based Calculus II | 4 |

CSCI-101 | Principles of Computing | 3 |

ACSC-010 | Year One | 0 |

First Year LAS Elective | 3 | |

First Year Writing (WI) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry) | 4 | |

Wellness Education* | 0 | |

Second Year |
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MATH-200 | Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proofs | 3 |

MATH-221 | Multivariable and Vector Calculus | 4 |

MATH-251 | Probability and Statistics I | 3 |

MATH-252 | Probability and Statistics II | 3 |

MATH-241 | Linear Algebra I | 3 |

MATH-399 | Mathematical Sciences Job Search Seminar | 0 |

Open Elective | 3 | |

LAS Elective | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 3 (global) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 4 (social) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 6‡ (scientific principles) | 4 | |

Third Year |
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MATH-255 | Actuarial Mathematics | 3 |

MATH-261 | Topics in Math Finance | 3 |

STAT-325 | Design of Experiments (WI) | 3 |

STAT-305 | Regression Analysis | 3 |

STAT-511 | Statistical Software | 3 |

Program Electives** | 6 | |

LAS Immersion 1, 2 | 6 | |

LAS Elective | 3 | |

Fourth Year |
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STAT-405 | Mathematical Statistics I | 3 |

STAT-406 | Mathematical Statistics II | 3 |

STAT-500 | Senior Capstone in Statistics | 3 |

LAS Immersion 3 | 3 | |

Program Electives** | 12 | |

Open Elective | 3 | |

LAS Electives | 6 | |

Total Semester Credit Hours |
123 |

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4 credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement.

** Two of the six program electives must be from the following list of courses: Stochastic Processes (MATH-505), Statistical Quality Control (STAT-315), Introduction to Time Series (STAT-335), Nonparametric Statistics (STAT-345), Statistical Sampling (STAT-415), Multivariate Analysis (STAT-425), or Statistical Linear Models (STAT-435). A program elective is any MATH or STAT course with a course number higher than 250.

#### Accelerated dual degree options

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.

#### Applied statistics and actuarial science, BS degree/Applied and computational mathematics, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course | Sem. Cr. Hrs. | |
---|---|---|

First Year |
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MATH-199 | Mathematics and Statistics Seminar I | 1 |

MATH-181 | LAS Perspective 7A: Project-based Calculus I | 4 |

MATH-182 | LAS Perspective 7B: Project-based Calculus II | 4 |

CSCI-101 | Principles of Computer Science | 3 |

ACSC-010 | Year One | 0 |

First Year LAS Elective | 3 | |

First Year Writing (WI) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry) | 4 | |

LAS Perspective 6‡ (scientific principles) | 4 | |

Wellness Education* | 0 | |

Second Year |
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MATH-200 | Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proofs | 3 |

MATH-221 | Multivariable and Vector Calculus | 4 |

MATH-251 | Probability and Statistics I | 3 |

MATH-252 | Probability and Statistics II | 3 |

MATH-231 | Differential Equations | 3 |

MATH-241 | Linear Algebra I | 3 |

LAS Immersion 1, 2 | 6 | |

LAS Perspective 3 (global) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 4 (social) | 3 | |

Third Year |
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MATH-255 | Actuarial Mathematics | 3 |

MATH-261 | Topics in Financial Mathematics | 3 |

STAT-325 | Design of Experiments (WI) | 3 |

STAT-305 | Regression Analysis | 3 |

MATH-399 | Mathematical Science Job Search Seminar | 0 |

STAT-511 | Statistical Software | 3 |

Open Electives | 6 | |

LAS Immersion 3 | 3 | |

Program Electives | 9 | |

Fourth Year |
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STAT-405 | Mathematical Statistics I | 3 |

STAT-406 | Mathematical Statistics II | 3 |

MATH-606 | Graduate Seminar I | 1 |

MATH-607 | Graduate Seminar II | 1 |

STAT-500 | Senior Capstone in Statistics (WI) | 3 |

Math Graduate Core Courses | 9 | |

LAS Electives | 12 | |

Fifth Year |
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MATH-799 | Thesis | 7 |

Math Graduate Core | 3 | |

Graduate Concentration Courses | 6 | |

Graduate Electives | 9 | |

Total Semester Credit Hours |
153 |

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4 credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement.

#### Applied statistics and actuarial science, BS degree/Applied statistics, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course | Sem. Cr. Hrs. | |
---|---|---|

First Year |
||

MATH-199 | Mathematics and Statistics Seminar I | 1 |

MATH-181 | LAS Perspective 7A: Project-based Calculus I | 4 |

MATH-182 | LAS Perspective 7B: Project-based Calculus II | 4 |

CSCI-101 | Principles of Computer Science | 3 |

ACSC-010 | Year One | 0 |

First Year LAS Elective | 3 | |

First Year Writing (WI) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 5‡ (natural science inquiry) | 4 | |

LAS Perspective 6‡ (scientific principles) | 4 | |

Wellness Education* | 0 | |

Second Year |
||

MATH-200 | Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proofs | 3 |

MATH-221 | Multivariable and Vector Calculus | 4 |

MATH-251 | Probability and Statistics I | 3 |

MATH-252 | Probability and Statistics II | 3 |

MATH-241 | Linear Algebra | 3 |

Program Elective | 3 | |

LAS Immersion 1, 2 | 6 | |

LAS Perspective 3 (global) | 3 | |

LAS Perspective 4 (social) | 3 | |

Third Year |
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MATH-255 | Actuarial Mathematics | 3 |

MATH-261 | Topics in Financial Mathematics | 3 |

STAT-325 | Design of Experiments (WI) | 3 |

STAT-305 | Regression Analysis | 3 |

STAT-611 | Statistical Software | 3 |

Open Electives | 6 | |

LAS Immersion 3 | 3 | |

Program Electives | 6 | |

Fourth Year |
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STAT-405 | Mathematical Statistics I | 3 |

STAT-406 | Mathematical Statistics II | 3 |

STAT-731 | Fundamentals of Statistical Theory | 3 |

STAT-500 | Senior Capstone in Statistics | 3 |

STAT-701 | Foundations of Experimental Design | 3 |

Program Elective | 3 | |

LAS Electives | 12 | |

Fifth Year |
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STAT-792 | Capstone | 3 |

Graduate Electives | 18 | |

Total Semester Credit Hours |
144 |

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4 credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement.

## Admission requirements

### Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

**Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations**

- 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended

**SAT (EBRW+M)**

1240 -1420

**ACT Composite**

27-33

### Transfer Admission

**Transfer course recommendations without associate degree**

Courses in liberal arts, physics, math, and chemistry

**Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer**

AS degree in liberal arts with math/science option

## Additional information

#### Minors

The flexibility of the applied statistics and actuarial science major allows students to complete a minor in science, liberal arts, or business, or to combine courses from various minors into a sequence tailored to their career aspirations.

### Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

### Program overview

The Applied Statistics program provides students with a strong foundation in mathematical and statistical methodology, experience in its applications, a solid background in the use of statistical computing packages, and the skills to communicate the results of statistical analysis. This gives graduates an advantage in the fields of business, government, and industry, and also prepares them well for graduate studies.

Graduates of the program collaborate with specialists in both scientific and non-technical areas to design and conduct experiments and interpret the results. Application areas are very diverse and include product design, biostatistics, actuarial science, quality control, and statistical forecasting.

### Curriculum

**Semester conversion**

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

#### Applied Statistics, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course | Qtr. Cr. Hrs. | |
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First Year |
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1016-210, 211 | Mathematics and Statistics Seminar | 2 |

1016-281, 282, 283 | Project-Based Calculus I, II, III | 12 |

1016-265 | Discrete Math I | 4 |

1016-260 | Statistical Computing with Excel and Minitab | 2 |

4003-212 or 4003-241 | Computer Science Option: | 4 |

Science Electives | 12 | |

University-wide Electives | 2 | |

Liberal Arts* | 8 | |

1105-051, 052 | First-Year Enrichment | 2 |

Wellness Education† | 0 | |

Second Year |
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1016-305 | Multivariable Calculus | 4 |

1016-306 | Differential Equations | 4 |

1016-351 | Probability | 4 |

1016-352 | Applied Statistics | 4 |

1016-399 | Co-op Seminar | 0 |

Mathematics Elective† | 4 | |

0307-442 | Statistical Computing | 4 |

1016-331 | Linear Algebra I | 4 |

Choose one of the following courses: |
4 | |

1016-358 | Statistical Quality Control | |

1016-457 | Research Sampling Techniques | |

0502-444 | Technical Writing | 4 |

Liberal Arts* | 16 | |

Third Year |
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1016-432 | Linear Algebra II | 4 |

1016-354 | Regression Analysis | 4 |

1016-355 | Design of Experiments | 4 |

Mathematics Elective† | 4 | |

Liberal Arts* | 8 | |

General Education Electives | 8 | |

1016-499 | Cooperative Education (optional)§ | Co-op |

Fourth Year |
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1016-454 | Nonparametric Statistics | 4 |

Mathematics Electives† | 12 | |

University-wide Electives | 6 | |

General Education Electives | 6 | |

Liberal Arts* | 4 | |

1016-499 | Cooperative Education (optional)§ | Co-op |

Fifth Year |
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1016-451, 452 | Mathematical Statistics I, II | 8 |

1016-555 | Statistics Seminar | 4 |

Mathematics Elective‡ | 4 | |

General Education Electives | 8-12 | |

1016-499 | Cooperative Education (optional)§ | Co-op |

Total Quarter Credit Hours |
188 |

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Up to 16 quarter credits of mathematics electives may be chosen from the applied mathematics application areas.

§ This program can be completed in four years if the cooperative education option is omitted.

#### Applied statistics, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course | Sem. Cr. Hrs. | |
---|---|---|

First Year |
||

MATH-199 | Mathematics and Statistics Seminar I (WI) | 1 |

MATH-181 | LAS Perspective 7A: Project-Based Calculus I | 4 |

MATH-182 | LAS Perspective 7B: Project-Based Calculus II | 4 |

MATH-192 | Discrete Mathematics with Introduction to Proof | 3 |

STAT-155 | Biostatistics | 3 |

CSCI-101 | Principles of Computing | 3 |

LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar | 3 | |

ENGL-150 | LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar | 3 |

LAS Perspective 1, 2 | 6 | |

Wellness Education* | 0 | |

Second Year |
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MATH-221 | Multivariable and Vector Calculus | 4 |

MATH-251, 252 | Probability and Statistics I, II | 6 |

MATH-241 | Linear Algebra I | 3 |

CQAS-511 | Statistical Software | 3 |

LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6† | 12 | |

LAS Immersion 1 | 3 | |

Third Year |
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STAT-345 | Nonparametric Statistics | 3 |

STAT-325 | Design of Experiments (WI) | 3 |

STAT-305 | Regression Analysis | 3 |

Program Electives | 9 | |

LAS Immersion 2, 3 | 6 | |

Free Electives | 6 | |

Fourth Year |
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STAT-405, 406 | Mathematical Statistics I, II | 6 |

STAT-415 | Statistical Sampling | 3 |

STAT-445 | Statistics Seminar (WI) | 3 |

Program Electives | 6 | |

LAS Electives | 12 | |

Total Semester Credit Hours |
121 |

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Students will satisfy this requirement by taking either a 3 or 4 credit hour lab science course. If a science course consists of separate lecture and laboratory sections, students must take both the lecture and lab portions to satisfy the requirement.

#### Options

**Applied statistics actuarial science option:** This option prepares students for careers in the actuarial field of modeling, measuring, and managing risk. The goal is to provide the statistical and mathematical foundation to help graduates enter and succeed in this demanding field. Student's curriculum is tailored with carefully selected courses in other RIT colleges in finance, economics, and forecasting.

**Applied statistics biostatistics option**: This option provides students with the necessary experience in applied statistics and the biological sciences so students may pursue a career as a biostatistician or advanced study in biostatistics. Students learn about the applications of statistics and biology, medicine, and public health, as well as applications in the rapidly growing field of bioinformatics through course work and opportunities for research with faculty.

**Minors:** The flexibility of the applied statistics major also allows students to complete a science, liberal arts, or business minor or to create courses from various minors into a sequence tailored to your career aspirations.

#### Accelerated dual degree option

Students may be interested in combining the BS in applied statistics with an MS in applied and computational mathematics for an accelerated option that allows them to earn both degrees following one year of graduate study. A BS in applied statistics and an MS in applied statistics may also be earned through a dual degree option.