Statistics

Statistics uses mathematics as part of theory, computer science as part of computation, and other disciplines in applications. From the introductory to the advanced courses, students learn to describe data, summarize analyses, explain simulations, present implications of theories, and generally expand their understanding of probability and statistics. Faculty help students become better askers of questions, developers of arguments and research plans, and communicators of results.

Statistics enables you to seek answers in creative ways to complex questions. A major focus of statistics is understanding patterns in the world in light of inherent uncertainty. What study designs allow you to make valid conclusions about issues in society? How can you summarize complex quantitative information and make principled inferential statements about populations? Is the available evidence sufficient for establishing a causal relationship among factors?

Statistics, through its development of principles of study design and analysis, has played key roles in the development of agriculture, medicine, and social science to inform public policy and decision making. In order to study and address many of the challenges in our society, it is necessary to have reliable, timely information. One must have the tools to summarize, investigate, and communicate important findings from the information. Statistics plays a critical role in many efforts to enhance the conditions of the world.

Statistics Major Requirements

Statistics Minor Requirements


Sample Four Year Plan for Statistics Majors

First Year
Fall Spring
ST 120 Elementary Statistics  MA 160 Calculus II 
MA 150 Calculus I  CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science I
First Year Seminar Liberal Studies course
Liberal Studies course Liberal Studies course
Sophomore
Fall Spring
ST 251 Probability and Statistics ST 252 Mathematical Statistics and Statistical Methods
MA 211 Calculus III MA 213 Linear Algebra
Liberal Studies course Liberal Studies course
Liberal Studies course Liberal Studies course
Junior
Fall Spring
ST 351 Applied Regression Analysis   Computer Science Elective  
  Math Elective    Liberal Studies course  
  Electives     Electives 
Senior
Fall Spring
ST 451 Applied Statistical Methods ST 410 Statistics Senior Seminar
  Electives    Electives 

Consult with your faculty advisor to discuss other ways to tailor the Statistics major to fit your academic interests and other plans.

George Ashline, PhD

Professor of Mathematics
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Jeanmarie Hall 261
Box 355
802.654.2434
gashline@smcvt.edu
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M.S., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
B.S. St. Lawrence University

Areas of Expertise:

Mathematics education and mathematics pedagogy; mathematical preparation of in-service and pre-service teachers; and complex analysis.

Courses I Teach:

  • Calculus
  • Complex Analysis (view a classroom recording)
  • History of Mathematics
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematics Education Seminar
  • Number Theory
  • Real Analysis

Jo Ellis-Monaghan, PhD

Mathematics Department Chair, Professor of Mathematics
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Jeanmarie Hall 259
Box 285
802.654.2660
jellis-monaghan@smcvt.edu
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Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M.S. University of Vermont
B.A. Bennington College

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Areas of Expertise:

Algebraic combinatorics, especially graph polynomials, and applied graph theory in statistical mechanics, computer chip design and bioinformatics. 

Courses I Teach:

Calculus I, II, III, Applied Graph Theory, Linear Algebra, Real Analysis, Abstract Algebra, Senior Seminar

Krisan Geary, MS

Mathematics Instructor/Quantitative Skills Coordinator

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Durick Library 320
802.654.2773
kgeary3@smcvt.edu
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B.A, M.S. University of Vermont

Areas of Expertise:

Mathematics education and mathematics pedagogy; mathematical preparation of in-service and pre-service teachers; abstract algebra.

My Road to Saint Michael's:

I recently joined Saint Michael’s College from the University of Vermont where I worked on reviewing, revising, and increasing the rigor in the mathematics courses for early, elementary, and middle level education majors.  I also worked on a department-wide study of the effectiveness of online homework systems in elements/ fundamentals of calculus courses.  Prior to UVM, while working for the Vermont Mathematics Partnership, I led a team of mathematics educators and mathematicians in the design, development, and instruction of a professional development program for 5th-9th grade in-service mathematics teachers.  The courses in this program included: Proportional Reasoning in the Middle Grades, Geometry in the Middle Grades, Making Informed Decisions, and Modeling Change.

I began my undergraduate career as a biology major, before realizing that I was not cut out for laboratory work (the odd unidentifiable smell, the lack of human interaction, and a strong fear of Bunsen burners all contributed to my downfall in the lab). I became a mathematics major with every intention of eventually becoming a teacher of mathematics.  I am passionate about teaching mathematics and helping all students succeed in mathematics. I am a true “mathophile” but my real love is in helping students who have struggled with mathematics in the past realize that they can do high-level mathematics. Prior to coming to Saint Michael’s in 2011, I taught at the University of Vermont for four years.

Jim Hefferon, PhD

Professor of Mathematics

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Saint Edmund's Hall 217C
Box 285
802.654.2677
jhefferon@smcvt.edu
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B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Connecticut

My background is in the theory of computation.

Courses I Teach:

  • Calculus
  • Numerical Methods
  • Statistics
  • Theory of Computing

Zsuzsanna Kadas, PhD

Engineering Co-Director, Professor of Mathematics
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Saint Edmund's Hall 217A
Box 361
802.654.2435
zkadas@smcvt.edu
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M.S., Ph.D. Rutgers University
B.S. St. John's University

Areas of Expertise:

Differential equations; nonlinear dynamics; chaos and fractals; reaction-diffusion systems; mathematical models in chemistry, physiology, population dynamics

Courses I Teach:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Calculus I and II
  • Differential Equations
  • Discrete Mathematics

Michael Larsen

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Jeanmarie Hall 263
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M.A., Ph.D. Harvard University, Statistics

B.A., Harvard College, Mathematics cum laude


Courses I Teach

Introductory Statistics, Biostatistics, Probability, Mathematical Statistics, Regression, Data Analysis, Readings and Research in Statistics, and Statistical Topics


Interests and Areas of Research

Data Analysis, Statistical modeling, Survey sampling, Missing data, Record linkage and administrative data, Bayesian methods, Hierarchical models, Confidentiality, and Teaching Statistics


Professional Experience

2017-present, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Saint Michael’s College

2009-2017, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics Center, George Washington University

2003-2009, Dept. of Statistics and Center for Survey Statistics & Methodology, Iowa State University

1999-2003, Department of Statistics and National Opinion Research Center, The University of Chicago

1997-1999, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

1996-1997, Department of Statistics, Stanford University

Various summers, Mathematical Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau

1995 – present, Statistical Consultant, http://larsenstatistics.com

 

Lloyd Simons, PhD

Engineering Co-Director, Professor of Mathematics

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Saint Edmund's Hall 217B
Box 369
802.654.2480
lsimons@smcvt.edu
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M.Sc., Ph.D. McGill University
B.Sc. University of British Columbia

Areas of Expertise:

Algebraic Number Theory; Algebraic K Theory

Courses I Teach:

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Calculus I,II,III
  • Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Statistics

My favorite class to teach is Calculus III. I very much like the material, which is the interplay of geometry and calculus. The power of mathematics to solve hard problems really begins to be evident in this class. And at this point, the students are for the most part very mathematically smart, motivated, and interested in the material.

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael's students are bright, polite, outgoing, and usually willing to learn. What more could a professor ask for?  The smaller class sizes and the relatively relaxed relationship one can have with one's students are also things I appreciate along with the overall friendly atmosphere of the students and the faculty.

Barbara O'Donovan

Instructor of Mathematics

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Jeanmarie Hall 255
Box 364
802.654.2366
bodonovan@smcvt.edu
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B.S. in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.S in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Courses Taught

Math for Social Justice, Calculus, Statics, Applied Calculus

Areas of Expertise 

Mathematics Education & Wind Energy Applications

I care deeply about my students’ learning and I want all students to feel capable and competent using mathematics in their everyday lives. In the classroom, I use a differentiated approach to instruction and strive to elicit higher order thinking skills to encourage students to use critical thinking to develop problem solving strategies. Being comfortable with mathematics in our ever-changing and high-tech world is essential!

Statistics as a field has experienced tremendous growth and development in the last couple of decades. There is great unfulfilled demand in the workforce for people trained in quantitative methods in general and in statistics in particular. Jobs in banking, insurance, real estate, finance, news analysis and reporting, weather forecasting, medicine, public health, public policy and administration, transportation, sports analytics, management, marketing, and business in general increasingly utilize statistical methods in routine practice. Research across a wide spectrum of disciplines, including biology, business administration, computer science, economics, education, engineering, environmental science, health and medicine, political science, psychology, public opinion, and sociology, to an extent never seen before uses and relies on statistical methods and insight.

The career outlook for Statistics graduates is excellent. According to CareerCast, demand for statisticians is expected to grow by 34% in the next seven years.

For more information on careers in Statistics, visit our Alumni Spotlights.

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