FVSU starts new minor program in applied statistics

June 12, 2015 – Fort Valley State University mathematics and science students will have a new offering this fall that will help give them an edge in the job field. The university is offering an applied statistics course starting in the fall 2015.

The applied statistics minor degree program was made possible thanks to a $393,684 National Science Foundation Grant that the university’s mathematics and computer science department received in Fall 2014. Dr. Dawit Aberra, chair of the department, and assistant professors of mathematics Dr. Haixan Wang and Dr. Shadreck Chitsonga, were the co-principal investigators for the grant project entitled, “Targeted Infusion Project: Developing a Minor Program in Applied Statistics within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at FVSU.”

The minor degree received final approval during an April 21, 2015 faculty senate meeting.

“Our new minor program will make students more competitive,” Aberra said. “There are a lot of opportunities in applied statistics and analysis now.” Additionally, Aberra hopes to draw students from science-related fields in biology, chemistry and other areas.

According to Aberra, they expect four to eight students to participate within the program and earn their minor. The program is designed for students to earn the minor within a year’s time. Students will be able to take two courses per semester through the academic school year.

Students will have to complete five courses to earn 15 credit hours in order to qualify for the minor. There are currently six courses available for students – Statistical Methods I (STAT 3000), Statistical Methods II (STAT 3001), Applied Experimental Design (STAT 4010), Applied Categorical Analysis (STAT 4113), Applied Time Series Analysis (STAT 4011) and Applied Regression Analysis (STAT 3113). The STAT 3113 course will be cross listed with MATH 3113.

“Drs. Aberra, Wang, and Chitsonga are going beyond just the minor; they are also establishing an academic infrastructure that will help our math and statistics students progress through their programs to completion,” said Dr. Uppinder Mehan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For details, contact Aberra at (478) 825-6731.

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