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Statistics and Operations Research

BS in Statistics and Operations Research


Distinction


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The Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Operations Research is awarded in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to students who successfully complete this curriculum. Courses are chosen from the LAS Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science and the Department of Information and Decision Sciences of the College of Business Administration. It is a joint program of the above two departments.

The curriculum is intended for students planning advanced study in statistics and operations research 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.

No transfer courses below calculus may be counted toward the BS in Statistics and Operations Research. Only grades of A, B, and C in calculus and above from other colleges and universities will be accepted for transfer credit.

BS in Statistics and Operations Research

Degree Requirements

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

BS in Statistics and Operations Research Degree Requirements
Hours
Requirements for the Curriculum
120
Total Hours—BS in Statistics and Operations Research
120


Requirements for the Curriculum

The requirements for the curriculum include courses necessary to complete the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements described in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section.

Courses
Hours
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Foreign language (the equivalent of 2 years of a single language at the college level)
0–16
Analyzing the Natural World (2 laboratory courses)a
6–10
Exploring World Cultures coursea
3
Understanding the Creative Arts coursea
3
Understanding the Individual and Society courseab
OR
Understanding U.S. Society courseab
3
Understanding the Past coursea
3
MATH 180—Calculus Icde
5
MATH 181—Calculus IIde
5
MATH 210—Calculus IIIe
3
MATH 310—Applied Linear Algebraf
3
MCS 260—Introduction to Computer Scienceg
4
STAT 401—Introduction to Probability
3
MATH 300—Writing for Mathematicsh
1
ECON 130—Principles of Economics for Businessb
5
ECON 218—Microeconomics: Theory and Business Applications
4
IDS 270—Business Statistics Id
4
IDS 355—Operations Managementg
3
IDS 371—Business Statistics II
3
 
Computing—Two courses from the following:
6–7
MCS 275—Programming Tools and File Management (4)  
IDS 400—Advanced Business Programming Using Visual Tools (3)  
IDS 401—Business Computing II: Data Structures and Operating Systems (3)g  
IDS 405—Business Systems Analysis and Design (3)g  
IDS 410—Business Database Technology (3)g  
   
Operations Research—Two courses from the following:
6
STAT 473—Game Theory (3)  
STAT 471—Linear and Non-linear Programming (3)
OR
IDS 435—Operations Research I (3)f
 
STAT 461—Applied Probability Models I (3)
OR  
IDS 437—Operations Research III (3)f
 
   
Statistics—Two courses from the following:
6
STAT 381—Applied Statistical Methods I (3)  
STAT 411—Statistical Theory (3)  
STAT 416—Nonparametric Statistical Methods (3)  
STAT 431—Introduction to Survey Sampling (3)  
STAT 481—Applied Statistical Methods II (3)  
STAT 494—Special Topics in Statistics, Probability, and Operations Research (3)  
IDS 470—Multivariate Analysis (3)  
IDS 476—Business Forecasting Using Time Series Methods (3)  
   
Electives in the area of statistics, operations research, mathematics, and computing to be chosen in consultation with a program advisor from the following:
6
MATH 215—Introduction to Advanced
Mathematics (3)
 
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential
Equations (3)
 
300-level or higher IDS, MCS, MATH, and STAT courses  
   
Electives to complete degree requirement of 120 hours
8–29
Total Hours—Requirements for the Curriculum
120

a Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
b ECON 130 is approved for the following General Education categories: Understanding the Individual and Society; Understanding U.S. Society. Students must take at least one course in each of these categories.
c MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
d MATH 180 and 181 satisfy the prerequisite for IDS 270.
e This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.
f MATH 310 satisfies the prerequisite for IDS 435 and 437.
g MCS 260 satisfies the computing prerequisite for IDS 355 and for IDS 401, 405, and 410.
h MATH 300 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline Requirement.

No MTHT courses count toward this curriculum.


Recommended Plan of Study

A recommended basic sequence of courses is listed below. Students who do not place into MATH 180 should expect to take summer session courses and possibly take longer than four years to graduate. The honors sections of MATH 180, 181, and 210 are recommended for majors. Students who have taken AP exams in calculus or computer science need to see a departmental advisor for correct placement.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Hours
MATH 180—Calculus I
5
MCS 260—Introduction to Computer Science
4
Foreign Language
4
ENGL 160—Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts
3
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester
Hours
MATH 181—Calculus II
5
IDS 270—Business Statistics I
4
Foreign Language
4
ENGL 161—Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research
3
Total Hours
16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Hours
MATH 210—Calculus III
3
ECON 130—Principles of Economics for Business
5
Foreign Language
4
General Education Core course
3–5
Total Hours
15–17
Spring Semester
Hours
IDS 371—Business Statistics II
3
ECON 218—Microeconomics: Theory and Business Applications
4
Foreign Language
4
General Education Core course
3–5
Total Hours
14–16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Hours
IDS 355—Operations Management I
4
MATH 300—Writing for Mathematics
1
STAT 381—Applied Statistics
3
Computing Elective
3–4
General Education Core course
3–5
Total Hours
14–17
Spring Semester
Hours
MATH 310—Applied Linear Algebra
3
STAT 401—Probability Theory
3
Computing Elective
3–4
General Education Core course
3–5
Elective
3
Total Hours
15–18

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Hours
Operations Research Elective
3
Statistics Elective
3
General Education Core course
3–5
Elective
3
Total Hours
12–14
Spring Semester
Hours
Operations Research Elective
3
Statistics Elective
3
General Education Core course
3–5
Two Electives
6
Total Hours
15–17

Distinction

For consideration, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.50/4.00 in upper-division courses in the department at UIC. The department may award High and Highest Distinction in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.