Applied Statistics at Fort Valley State University

The undergraduate minor program of study in Statistics at FVSU is sponsored by U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and is open to all undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Information Systems, Electronic Engineering Technology, Management, and Mathematics.

?The primary objectives of this program are to:

  • Establish a minor program in Statistics within the existing Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Develop students’ statistical knowledge, thinking and methods in almost all activities that require scientific and data driven decisions through offering a program of study in this field and engaging students in laboratory based hands-on activities
  • Improve enrollment and retention in STEM fields at FVSU
  • Develop students’ sense of belongingness to a wider and reliable academic family
  • Provide support to students and faculty members to develop new research, teaching, career development, and leadership projects
  • Enhance teaching and research capabilities of STEM programs at FVSU
  • Attract more African American students to major in STEM programs
  • Establish a basic statistics lab to support the curriculum of the program

The curriculum of the minor program includes the following courses:

    Statistics Background

  1. STAT 2113 – Elementary Statistics I – (3 credit hours)

    Minor Core (required) Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  1. STAT 3000 – Statistical Methods I – (3 credit hours)
  2. STAT 3001 – Statistical Methods II  – (3 credit hours)
  3. STAT 3113 – Applied Regression Analysis  – (3 credit hours)

     Minor Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

  1. STAT 4010 – Applied Experimental Design  – (3 credit hours)
  2. STAT 4113 – Applied Categorical Data Analysis – (3 credit hours)
  3. STAT 4011 – Applied Time Series Analysis – (3 credit hours)

Students may take the above courses as their major/free electives.

Outcomes of the Minor Program

After completing the requirements of this minor program, students will be able to:

  • Employ statistics principles to scientific systems
  • Conduct basic experiments and simulations statistics model
  • Work productively in the ares by using applied statistics.

The program includes the following seven courses.

     1. STAT 3000 – Statistical Methods I

This is a foundational course in statistics and data management. The course provides knowledge on key concepts of statistics. Students will apply statistics to topics in scientific systems. Students will be capable of efficiently using an assortment of algorithms and database tools for the management and retrieval of information. Students will identify a range of approaches employed to model the behavior of systems. They will become familiar with computer tools to analyze the system and will gain understanding of the principles behind statistics analysis methods. These concepts are taught with heavy emphasis on statistical computing software (R, SAS, or EXCEL) using real world datasets.

     2. STAT 3001 – Statistical Methods II  

Students will apply advanced statistics to topics in scientific systems. Students will be capable of efficiently using an assortment of algorithms and database tools for the management and retrieval of information. The statistical methods include linear regression, hypothesis testing (F and T tests for regression, chi-square for independence, 2 group and paired sample T-tests). Students also perform and analyze results of Wilcoxon Signed Rank Sum tests, ANOVA, Kruskal Wallis and Multiple Regression. They will become familiar with the computer tools R and EXCEL to analyze the system and will gain understanding of the principles behind statistics analysis methods.

     3. STAT 3113/ MATH 3113 – Applied Regression Analysis  

Students will be introduced to the concepts and methods of linear regression analysis (both simple regression and multiple regression) and other related techniques. In this course hands-on data analysis will be emphasized so that students will frequently use computers to analyze data. Topics include simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, analysis of covariance, model diagnostics and selection, nonlinear regression, and logistic regression.

     4. STAT 4010 – Applied Experimental Design

Students will learn the general principles of designing experiments. Topics will include review of basic statistical methods, statistical inferences for two populations, analysis of variance (ANOVA), analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA), multiple comparison of treatment means, randomized block designs, Latin square designs, and factorial designs.

     5. STAT 4113 – Applied Categorical Data Analysis

Students will study commonly used methods and models in Categorical Data Analysis. Topics covered will include Contingency Tables, Generalized Linear Models, Logistic Regression Models, Legit Models for Nominal and Ordinal Response, Log-linear Models for Contingency Tables.

      6. STAT 4011 – Applied Time Series Analysis

Students enrolled in this course will learn and apply statistical methods for the analysis of data that have been observed over time. Students will learn mathematical properties of time series, as well as the requirements, descriptive techniques, models, advanced methods and software that are necessary such that the student can independently run an applied time series analysis.



Required Courses

STAT 3000 – Statistical Methods I  Word

STAT 3001 – Statistical Methods II Word

MATH/STAT 3113 – Applied Regression Analysis Word

Elective Courses- choose two courses

STAT 4010  – Applied Experimental Design Word

STAT 4113 – Applied Categorical Data Analysis Word

STAT 4011  – Applied Time Series Analysis  Word


As a statistics major, you observe patterns and useful information for everything from business applications to political strategies. Often statisticians collect and interpret data for marketing purposes.
Average career salary: $48,600. Average mid-career salary: $94,500.


  • One Dell PowerEdge R320 Sever with the following main configurations:

             * Processor: Intel Xeon E5-1410 v2 2.80GHz, 10M Cache, Turbo, 4C, 80W, Max Mem 1333MHz

           * Memory: 16GB RDIMM, 1600MT/s, Low Volt, Dual Rank, x4 Data Width

           * Hard Driver: 1TB 7.2K RPM SATA 3Gbps 3.5in

  • Computer LAB with MATLAB installed

            * CTM 321 is installed 25 copies of MATLAB on 25 MAC machines

  • Computer LAB with R installed

            * CTM  212  is installed 15 copies of R

Dr. Dawit Aberra – PI – Dr. Aberra holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; a post-graduate Diploma fromAberra4_Sept9_2014 the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP – Italy) and M. Sc. and B. Sc. degrees in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University. Dr. Aberra is the Department Chair and a tenured Associate Professor with research and teaching experience of more than fifteen (15) years in Georgia, Virginia, and Arkansas.  His teaching interest includes teaching calculus (all levels), complex variables, differential equations, discrete Mathematics, statistics, and analysis.  He is also eCore-certified to teach online Mathematics courses and has professionally mentored other faculty in the University System of Georgia to teach online courses. He has published research papers in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Complex Variables and Elliptic Equations and Journal of Differential Equations. He is currently co-PI of a Title III grant (about $270,000 funded for three years to establish a STEM lab at FVSU). His recent awards include a 2010-11 teacher quality Title II grant (Co-PD), a 2008 National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program grant (PI), a 2008 President’s Research Mini-Grant, a 2010 FVSU and Peach County Schools Math and Science Partnership (MSP) funded by Georgia Department of Education for two years (planning committee member, and math and technology facilitator), and Title III travel awards.

Dr. Shadreck Chitsonga – Co-PI  Dr. Chitsonga holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia andchitsonga2015 a Bachelor of Education Degree in Mathematics from the University of Malawi. Dr. Chitsonga has a wide range of teaching experience in Malawi, Botswana and here in the USA. Dr. Chitsonga has taught middle school, high school and college level courses. He has taught Mathematics and Statistics at secondary school level and has also been involved in the training of K-12 Mathematics teachers. Dr. Chitsonga joined FVSU in 2010, and has taught a number of courses in Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Chitsonga has been involved in with AP Statistics teachers before. His research interests include assessment of Mathematics and Statistics, issues related to the differences between Mathematical knowledge and Statistical knowledge, and teacher’s pedagogical content knowledge in Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. Haixin Wang – Co-PI  Dr. Haixin Wang’s teaching interests include bioinformatics, computational biology, algorithm OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAanalysis, Matlab applications, and signal processing. He has developed new courses related to statics data processing and time-series data processing such as Matlab Application. He also offered a graduate level course in Computational Biology, and a Statistics software course: Matlab Applications. His primary research interests are in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. Specifically, he is interested in the Statistics data processing in system biology, especially the noisy time-series microarray data. He was identified as the TOP Performing Reviewer on Computers and Electrical Engineering in 2010, Elsevier Editorial System. He was also a committee member in national and international conferences.

Fort Valley State University 

Math and Science Summer Bridge


The Math and Science Summer Bridge at Fort Valley State University will provide students with basic content knowledge, hands-on activities and/or technology usage in Mathematics, Statistics and selected Sciences. Incoming first time freshmen students who have been admitted to the university this fall and are interested in participating in the summer bridge before they start regular classes are eligible to apply.


Regular meals and lodging will be provided at no cost to participants. Benefits include exposure to the typical Wildcat on-campus living experience prior to the beginning of freshman year, meeting the best professors on campus and exposure to our modern computer facilities and scientific laboratories.

During weekdays, participants will attend classes in Mathematics, Statistics and Selected Sciences and will receive orientation. On weekends they may participate in specially-planned activities.


Students will also learn about the new Minor Program in Applied Statistics which is available to all majors in the campus of FVSU. By the end of the Program, students will demonstrate mathematical proficiencies and skills required for Pre-calculus and Elementary Statistics in the freshman year of study.


To be accepted in to this program, students must complete and submit the attached form and application fee by deadline. Space is limited to 25 students only on first come first serve basis.

Support for this program is provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Application Forms ( Seven total) Form One  Form Two Form Three  Form Four Form Five Form Six Form Seven

  • NSF
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)   REU
  • ASA American Statistical Association  ASA
  • How to learn MATLAB  MATLAB
  • How to learn  R    R






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