Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Overview

A major

You watch a viral video of a daredevil’s bid for fame and assess the probability of the stunt’s successful conclusion – it’s just part of your nature. You appreciate that mathematics and statistics are a universal language understood throughout the world. Mathematics and statistics are also the foundation for an array of careers. Whether you analyze marketing data, set up the experimental design for clinical trials of a new drug, or work in government, the Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Mathematics and Statistics provides you with a range of skills and the broad knowledge required to solve real-world problems through the application of mathematical principles.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Upon graduating, you will be equipped to enter careers in government agencies and consulting firms, or work as a financial analyst, statistical analyst, or financial consultant. You will also be well prepared to pursue a graduate degree in mathematics, statistics, or economics.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics faculty

Among the faculty are a former chief statistician at a major health care company, a developer of statistical models at the SAS Corporation, two faculty members who have taken advanced data mining courses at SAS, and several expert witnesses in court cases involving statistics. In addition, all of our faculty members are active researchers in this field, and they are members of the Mu Sigma Rho National Honor Society for Statistics.

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Requirements

For a major:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)

 

Upper-Level Gateway Requirement

 

Applied Mathematics and Statistics Major Requirements

Actuarial Statistics I (AM230)

Actuarial Statistics II (AM231)

Capstone Seminar in Applied Mathematics and Statistics (MATH490)

Choose seven (7) of the following electives for the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Major:

  • Actuarial Statistics III (AM332) or Statistics II (MATH350)
  • Advanced Probability (AM333)
  • Mathematical Interest Theory I (AM340)
  • Mathematics of Finance, Insurance, and Pensions (AM341)
  • Mathematical Interest Theory II (AM342)
  • Econometrics (ECO315)
  • Discrete Structures (MATH228)
  • Software Applications in Mathematics (MATH354)
  • Elementary Number Theory (MATH409)
  • SAS Programming and Applied Statistics (MATH455)
  • Statistical and Mathematical Decision Making (MATH456)
  • Applied Data Mining (MATH460)
  • Applied Multivariate Statistics (MATH461)
  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments (MATH470)
  • Applied Analytics Using SAS (MATH475)
  • Special Topics in Mathematics (MATH485)
  • Directed Study in Mathematics (MATH497)

Students who choose MATH455, MATH460, MATH461, and either MATH470 or MATH475 may earn SAS ® certification in data mining. To earn certification, a student must achieve at least a "B" average in all of these courses with no grade lower than a "C" in any one course. 

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (MATH121)

Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (MATH122)

Linear Algebra (MATH226)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distribution – Modes of Thought

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one lab science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.)

Business Minor Requirement 

Selection is made from a variety of business minors  (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems,  Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International  Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales). 

Electives - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

A minimum of 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

SAS Joint Certificate

SAS* Joint Certificate in Data Mining

Satisfactorily complete four SAS-based data mining courses, and SAS and Bryant will jointly award you a Certificate in Data Mining. Bryant is among only 18 universities worldwide to offer this joint program approved by the SAS Institute. These courses can satisfy requirements in our Applied Mathematics and Statistics Major, our Applied Statistics concentration, and our Applied Statistics minor. For our Applied Statistics minors, only one additional course beyond the minor is necessary to complete the SAS certification requirements. In order to receive certification, a student must achieve at least a B average in all of these courses with no grade lower than a C in any one course.

*SAS Institute Inc., headquartered in Cary, N.C., has been a major producer of software since it its founding in 1976. Originally an acronym for Statistical Analysis System, SAS for many years has been used as a trade name to refer to the company and its software products as a whole.

Requirements

SAS Programming and Applied Statistics (MATH455)

Applied Data Mining (MATH460)

Applied Multivariate Statistics (MATH461)

Choose one of the following:

  • Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments (MATH470)
  • Applied Analytics Using SAS (MATH475)

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To learn more, please contact:

Alan Olinsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Information Systems
Co-coordinator, Applied Analytics concentration
Founding Co-Director, Advanced Applied Analytics Center
aolinsky@bryant.edu

 

STATISTICAL PROWESS

Alan Olinsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Mathematics

This Distinguished Faculty Award recipient recently co-founded the Advanced Applied Analytics Center at Bryant University to support the broadening relationship between analytics, research, and solutions to real-world problems. As an example, a daylong symposium showcasing innovative analytics applications in the humanities and social sciences was held on campus in November and featured keynote speaker Amelia Showalter, director of analytics for President Obama's 2012 campaign.

"Bryant is known for its exceptional faculty," he says. "Professors, instructors, and lecturers teach our students. We don't use teaching assistants." 

CERTIFIED DATA ANALYST

Colleen Johnson '12
Fund Accountant,
State Street in Boston

"At Bryant, I have been able to learn multiple statistical analysis programs, and thanks to the school’s connection with the SAS Institute, a leader in business analytics, I have been able to become certified in data mining," says Johnson.

My best experience was working on my Capstone Project, going through every step of the data analysis process. Phyllis Schumacher, Ph.D., and Alan Olinsky, Ph.D., are two of the best professors. They provided me with wonderful guidance and insight throughout my college career.

Proud of her Bryant degree

Amanda Zagame ‘11
MA candidate Math & Stats 
Boston University

“The Bryant experience – especially being part of the Honors program – was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I pushed myself further than I ever thought I could. And, in the end, I’m really proud of what I accomplished here,” says Amanda Zagame ’11 who is now pursuing a master’s in Mathematics and Statistics at Boston University. “Bryant students are more focused, determined, and diligent than students I’ve met from other colleges because … the Amica Center drills it into our heads that we are entering highly competitive fields and we have to set ourselves apart.”