Courses required for the major must be taken for letter grades. To remain in good standing in the major, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.3 in all courses required for the major. A student must earn a grade of C- or better in every required course; if a student receives a lower grade in a required course, the course can be retaken until a C- or better is earned, or the requirement can be satisfied by another course. If these requirements are not met, a student may, if desired, transfer to the General Studies major but still complete the coursework required for the Biometry and Statistics major.
If a student's faculty advisor approves in advance, the student may substitute a similar course for a requirement of the Biometry and Statistics major. For example, BTRY 3080 may be replaced by another suitable course in probability theory, such as MATH 4710.
Counting courses not on the Advanced Course List as electives:
Students may petition to have courses not on the Advanced Course List count as electives for the Biometry and Statistics major. Decisions about petitions will be made by a committee of BSCB faculty. Courses that are approved as electives through the petition process will be added to the list.
Each student in the Biometry and Statistics major is strongly encouraged to supplement the required courses with a concentration in a related area of interest to the student, consisting of a cohesive set of courses chosen by the student. There are numerous possibilities, including biology (general bio or a specific field like ecology or genetics), business and management, mathematics, computer science, pre-med, education, nutrition, natural resources, and many other choices. It is the student's responsibility to develop this concentration, with advice from the faculty, particularly the student's faculty advisor. It will often be helpful to discuss the selection of courses with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Advising Coordinator of a department closely linked with the chosen concentration.
A student may fulfill the requirements of two distinct majors. If both majors are in CALS, the double major can be officially recognized. If you wish to do this, you should discuss your situation as early as possible with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or Undergraduate Advising Coordinator of the home department of the second major. A faculty advisor in the second major should be arranged.
Transferring credits to the major:
It is important to distinguish between transfer credits toward graduation, which are evaluated by the CALS Registrar's Office, and transfer credits toward the Biometry and Statistics major, which are evaluated by the BSCB faculty. It is the individual student's responsibility to provide sufficient information to the Registrar's Office and the BSCB faculty for evaluation of transfer credits, including Advanced Placement credits.
Transferring into the major:
A transfer student must be in good academic standing in the program from which the student is transferring and also by the standards of CALS. To transfer in as a sophomore, a student must have completed one year (two semesters) of calculus with an average grade of B- or better and must have taken at least one course in statistics. To transfer in as a junior, a student must have completed one year (two semesters) of calculus with an average grade of B- or better and must have taken at least two courses in statistics. Transfer students will be exempted from all required courses for which they have taken equivalent courses at other colleges or universities. A student transferring into the major must meet with the student's faculty advisor to discuss and determine which required courses the student has been exempted from taking.