STAT 11300 Statistics and Society (3 cr.)
Fall, spring. Intended to familiarize the student with basic statistical concepts and some of their applications in public and health policies, as well as in social and behavioral sciences. No mathematics beyond simple algebra is needed, but quantitative skills are strengthened by constant use. Involves much reading, writing, and critical thinking through discussions on such topics as data ethics, public opinion polls and the political process, the question of causation the role of government statistics, and dealing with chance in everyday life. Applications include public opinion polls, medical experiments, smoking and health, the consumer price index, state lotteries, and the like. STAT 11300 can be used for general education or as preparation for later methodology courses.
STAT 30100 Elementary Statistical Methods I (3 cr.)
Not open to students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Fall, spring, summer. Introduction to statistical methods with applications to diverse fields. Emphasis on understanding and interpreting standard techniques. Data analysis for one and several variables, design of samples and experiments, basic probability, sampling distributions, confidence intervals and significance tests for means and proportions, and correlation and regression. Software is used throughout.