Minors

Actuarial Science

This minor is designed for students who are preparing for a possible career as an actuary. The extensive prerequisites for the minor reflect the fact that most students in this program will have a major in mathematics and statistics. Courses in the minor may also be used to satisfy requirements of a major.

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Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics, or the application of computational techniques to molecular biology problems, is a fast-growing field of significant importance in both academia and industry. Students completing a bioinformatics minor will gain the basic knowledge of biology and programming needed to work in this area, as well as an understanding of how computational techniques can be used to advance our knowledge of biology and the life sciences.

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Statistics

Methods of statistics are used more and more in decision making and data analysis in business and industry. Moreover, basic research in the biological, management, and social sciences, as well as in some areas of humanities, is becoming increasingly statistical in nature. As a result, demand for persons knowledgeable in the science of statistics is on the rise. This minor provides a program suitable for students with good mathematical abilities.

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Statistical Methods

This minor builds on the statistical methods of estimation and hypothesis testing introduced in the introductory statistics course. It includes additional study of the statistical methods involved in regression analysis and experimental design as well as options for study of non-parametric, quality control, and/or sampling methods. A capstone experience in statistics may also be included as part of this minor.

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