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Behavioral Statistics

Behavioral Statistics Major

This degree is a joint effort between the Department of Statistics and the Department of Psychology. It is recommended that a student wishing to obtain a degree in Behavioral Statistics consult with an adviser in both departments. This major prepares students for careers involving collecting and analyzing data on human behavior, for example, in Medicare, insurance, market research, or health, educational and social services. Graduates of this program are expected to have good quantitative reasoning skills and to have strong people skills. Note: this curriculum also fulfills requirements for the major in Psychology.

Major Requirements

Major: Behavioral Statistics

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

College Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language. *12
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *6

Major Requirements

Behavioral Statistics Requirements
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC Elective200-400 Level Electives6
PSYC 350Research Methods I3
PSYC 351Research Methods II3
PSYC Elective400 Level Elective3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2
STAT 462Introduction to Experimental Design (Capstone)3
STAT 470Statistical SAS Programming3
or STAT 471 Introduction to the R Language
Select one of the following:2-3
History & Systems
Honors Thesis
Related Courses Required
ANTH 111Introduction to Anthropology (May satisfy general education category B and D)3
BIOL 126Human Biology (May satisfy general education category S)3
CSCI 114Microcomputer Packages (May satisfy general education category S)3 or 4
or CSCI 116 Business Use of Computers
MATH 103College Algebra (or higher level if needed as a prerequisite)3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology (May satisfy general education category B)3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics (May satisfy general education category R)3
Select one course from 3 of the following 4 groups (A-D)
Group A - Social/Personality: 3
Organizational Psychology
Experimental Social Psychology
Group B - Perception/Cognition:3
Sensation & Perception
Memory And Knowledge
Attention & Thinking
Group C - Biological Bases of Behavior:3
Health Psychology
Group D - Individual Differences:3
Experimental Developmental Psychology
The Psychology Of Aging
Advanced Psychopathology
Child Psychopathology and Therapy
Group E - Select two of the following:6
Applied Survey Sampling
Nonparametric Statistics
Introduction to Biostatistics
Time Series
Total Credits64-66

Program notes

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.