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Mathematics & Statistics

B.A. in Statistics


Statistics is a science of information gathering, data analysis, and decision making. It is a discipline that blends the applied with the theoretical and our courses reflect this mix. These courses provide an excellent preparation for careers in industrial statistics, actuarial science, biostatistics, and statistical research.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites — For students transferring from a Florida College System Institution, this section provides a list of common prerequisite courses and requirements.


Students wishing to transfer to USF from a Florida College System institution should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

A student who transfers without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.


  • COP XXXX — A Scientific Programming Course designed for Computer Science Majors
  • MAC X311 — Calculus I
  • MAC X312 — Calculus II or Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
  • MAC X313 — Calculus III
  • MAP X302 — Differential Equations

Core Requirement

Majors must complete the following five courses plus completion of one of the four lab-based Science courses (Minimum 19 credit hours):

  • MAC 2311 — Calculus I or MAC 2281 — Engineering Calculus I
  • MAC 2312 — Calculus II or MAC 2282 — Engineering Calculus II
  • MAC 2313 — Calculus III or MAC 2283 — Engineering Calculus III
  • STA 4102 — Computational Methods for Applied Statistics
  • Plus completion of one of the four lab-based Science courses below:

Required Courses (Minimum 12 credit hours):

  • STA 2023 — Introductory Statistics I
  • STA 3024 — Introductory Statistics II
  • STA 4321 — Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 4442 — Introduction to Probability I

Elective Courses

Majors must complete five courses from the following electives (Minimum 15 credit hours):

  • STA 4222 — Sample Survey Design
  • STA 4322 — Mathematical Statistics II
  • STA 4502 — Nonparametric Statistical Methods
  • STA 4504 — Categorical Data Analysis
  • STA 4702 — Multivariate Statistical Methods
  • STA 4852 — Applied Time Series
  • MAP 2302 — Differential Equations
  • MAS 3105 — Linear Algebra

One or two courses from another department which are of high statistical content may be taken as electives, with the prior approval of the Chair of the department.

STA 4930 — Selected Topics in Statistics may be taken as an elective with the prior approval of the department chair.