Academic Programs Committee Reports
To: University Council
Date: Dec. 16, 1999
Re: College of Arts and Science Statistics minor and related changes in Mathematics programs
Summary of proposal:
New program -- MINOR IN STATISTICS
Requirements: This minor may be taken in conjunction with a major or Honours program in any other subject, including Mathematics. The requirements are at least 18 credit units in courses including: STATS 103.3 or 241.3; a course in linear algebra (such as MATH 264, 266 or 358); an introductory course or courses in statistical methodology (such as STATS 242, or STATS 245, or STATS 244 plus SOC 240, or ECON 204, or PSY 233 plus 234, or CR SC 314, or COMM 104 plus 207, or GE 210); STATS 344.3, 345.3 and 348.3.
Other program revisions in Mathematics and Statistics
The proposed changes specify a minimum number of Mathematics courses, thus allowing for clearer distinction between MATH and STATS. In the 4-year degree program, at least 24 credit units of courses designated MATH must be included. For a Major in Mathematics in a 3-year degree program, at least 21 credit units of courses designated MATH must be included.
Four year major - Students are required to take at least 36 credit units in Mathematics and Statistics including MATH 110.3 and 116.3, 225.3 or 276.3, 266.3, STATS 241.3 and additional courses selected from MATH 211.3, 226.3 or 238.3, 258.3, 277.3, STATS 242.3 and 300- and 400-level mathematics and statistics courses such that at least 12 credit units are at the 300 - or 400 level and in total, at least 24 credit units are designated MATH. Courses in mathematics and statistics at the 100- and 200-level other than those listed above are not acceptable as part of a major in mathematics. Students are encouraged to include CMPT 111.3 or 112.3, and 115.3 in their programs.
Three year major - Students are required to take a least 30 credit units in mathematics and Statistics including MATH 110.3 and 116.3, 225.3 or 276.3, 266.3, STATS 241.3 and additional courses selected from MATH 211.3, 226.3 or 238.3, 258.3, 277.3, STATS 242.3 and 300- and 400-level mathematics and statistics courses such that at least 6 credit units are at the 300- or 400-level and, in total, at least 21 credit units are designated MATH. Students are encouraged to include CMPT 111.3 or 112.3 and 115.3 in their programs.
Additional training in statistical methodology will be useful for students in a number of disciplines, perhaps most especially in terms of obtaining meaningful employment in their major discipline after graduation. The proposed minor will be accessible to a large number of students, including those whose mathematical skills may be less developed.
The changes to the Mathematics major allow for a clearer distinction between the majors in Mathematics and in Statistics.
Impact and Relationships:
None. Memos of support for the statistics minor were received from the departments of Economics and Computer Science.
Additional resources required:
Committee Comments and Recommendation
Academic Programs Committee:
That the Committee recommend approval of the Minor in Statistics, as described in the proposal of June 3, 1999, and that the college be informed that the definition of minors will be discussed by the Committee during its review of the Nomenclature report later this year. (Oct. 20, 1999)
As there was little or no resource implications identified, the Budget Committee recommends approval of the Mathematics Minor in Statistics in the College of Arts and Science (Nov. 15, 1999).
Recommended for approval by Council. (Nov. 30, 1999)
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