Mathematics BA / Biostatistics MS

Major: Mathematics (BA) / Biostatistics (MS)
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 229.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years); No Co-op (Five years);
BA Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
 27.0101
BA Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121
MS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
 26.1102
MS Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9121

About the Program

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Dornsife School of Public Health offer an accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Master of Science in Biostatistics. Participants can earn both a BA degree in Mathematics and a MS degree in Biostatistics in five years.

In this accelerated degree program, students participate in the undergraduate program for four full years (with or without one co-operative experience). After two years of undergraduate study, students begin their graduate studies in the Master of Science in Biostatistics program. The third and fourth year are a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses. After the successful completion of their fourth year, students receive their BA. When students successfully complete the remainder of their graduate studies (typically two graduate quarters), they will receive the MS degree.

Students in the Master of Science in Biostatistics program complete 48.0 graduate quarter credits to meet the requirements of the master's program.

Admission Requirements

Application to the BAMS program begins after a student has completed at least 90 credits and no more than 120 credits. A freshman student can be designated as a BAMS Provisional Admit but is not officially accepted into the BAMS program until the student completes at least 90 credits and meets the admissions criteria.

Acceptance to the Drexel MS in Biostatistics is conditional upon a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA, a 3.5 GPA in math, and a minimum grade of B in Linear Algebra and Calculus courses. Applicants who meet the GPA and grade criteria will be evaluated by the MS in Biostatistics admissions committee in order to be considered for admission.

Students must verify their intent to continue or enroll in the accelerated program with their advisor by the end of the spring term of year one. Students must submit a SOPHAS Express application to the graduate Master of Science in Biostatistics program during their third year.

All students will follow the same application procedures as other applicants. Any student who does not meet the entrance requirements of the graduate program will be able to complete the fourth year of the Mathematics undergraduate program and receive a BA degree.

Degree Requirements  

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Computer Science Sequence
CS 150Computer Science Principles3.0
or CS 164 Introduction to Computer Science
CS 171Computer Programming I3.0
CS 172Computer Programming II3.0
Core Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I **4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
MATH 210Differential Equations4.0
MATH 220 [WI] Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning3.0
MATH 331Abstract Algebra I ***3.0-4.0
or MATH 401 Elements of Modern Analysis I
Math Major Electives30.0
Select a minimum of 30.0 credits from the following:
Survey of Geometry
Discrete Mathematics
Combinatorics
Math Competition Problem Solving Seminar
History of Mathematics
Mathematics of Investment and Credit
Differential Equations II
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Analysis II
Introduction to Optimization Theory
Probability and Statistics I
Probability and Statistics II
Probability and Statistics III
Mathematical Applications of Symbolic Software
Mathematical Applications of Statistical Software
Techniques of Data Analysis
Actuarial Mathematics
Vector Calculus
Complex Variables
Partial Differential Equations
Abstract Algebra II
Linear Algebra II
Elements of Modern Analysis I ***
Abstract Algebra I
Elements of Modern Analysis II
Introduction to Topology
Mathematical Finance
Introduction to Graph Theory
Cryptography
Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods
Tensor Calculus
Undergraduate Electives
Free Electives66.0
Humanities and Fine Arts Electives 6.0
International Studies Electives6.0
Science Electives ††6.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives 6.0
Studies in Diversity Electives6.0
Required MS Biostatistics Courses
BST 551Statistical Inference I3.0
BST 553Longitudinal Data Analysis3.0
BST 555Introduction to Statistical Computing3.0
BST 557Survival Data Analysis3.0
BST 567Statistical Consulting3.0
BST 569Linear Statistical Models4.0
BST 570Generalized Linear Models4.0
BST 675Statistical Consulting Lab1.0
BST 701Advanced Statistical Computing3.0
Required Epidemiology Course
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
Other Required Courses
BST 699Data Analysis Project6.0
MATH 510Applied Probability and Statistics I3.0
PBHL 501Introduction to Public Health0.0
Graduate Electives9.0
Any BST and EPI course at the 500-999 level
Total Credits229.0-230.0
*

Students not participating in co-op will take one additional credit of Free Elective instead of COOP 101.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

**

Math majors must pass MATH 121 with a grade of B or higher.

***

If a student takes both of MATH 331 and MATH 401, then one of these can count as a Mathematics Elective. Up to three mathematics-related courses from other departments may be substituted for Mathematics Electives with departmental permission. MATH special topics courses may be substituted for Mathematics Electives with departmental permission

Any ARBC, CHIN, FREN, GER, JAPN, KOR, and SPAN courses at the 211-499 level.

Any ARTH, COM, ENGL, HIST, HUM, MUSC, PHIL, THTR, and WRIT courses at the 100-499 level.

PSY 213 or PSY 330.

††

Any BIO, CHEM, ENVS, GEO, NFS, PHEV, and PHYS courses at the 100-499 level, and PHIL 321, PHIL 341, and PHIL 361.

Any ANTH, ECON, HIST, PSCI, PSY, and SOC courses at the 100-499 level.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study  

4+1, 1 co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 150 or 1643.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CS 1713.0CS 1723.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV S1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 1234.0 
(UG) Science Elective3.0(UG) Science Elective3.0MATH 2004.0 
  (UG) Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0 
 14 14 18 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2303.0(UG) Free Electives10.0MATH 2104.0(UG) Diversity Studies Electives3.0
MATH 2014.0(UG) Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0(UG) Free Elective4.0(UG) Free Electives9.0
MATH 2203.0(UG) MATH Courses6.0(UG) Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0(UG) MATH Courses3.0
(UG) Diversity Studies Elective3.0 (UG) MATH Course3.0 
(UG) International Studies Elective3.0 (UG) Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0 
 16 19 17 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MATH 401 or 3313.0-4.0UNIV S2011.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
(UG) Free Electives6.0(UG) Free Electives8.0  
(UG) International Studies Elective3.0(UG) MATH Course4.0  
(UG) MATH Course3.0BST 5553.0  
BST 5694.0BST 5704.0  
 19-20 20 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
(UG) Free Electives9.0(UG) Free Electives10.0(UG) Free Electives10.0BA Degree Awarded
(UG) MATH Course4.0(UG) MATH Course3.0(UG) MATH Course4.0Student converts to Graduate status
BST 5573.0BST 5513.0BST 7013.0 
MATH 5103.0BST 5533.0EPI 5703.0 
 19 19 20 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
BST 5673.0BST 6993.0  
BST 6751.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0  
BST 6993.0   
PBHL 5010.0   
(GR) Graduate Electives3.0   
 10 9  
Total Credits 229-230
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

4+1, no co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CS 150 or 1643.0CIVC 1011.0CS 1723.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CS 1713.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
UNIV S1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
(UG) Science Elective3.0(UG) Science Elective3.0(UG) Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0 
 14 14 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COM 2303.0(UG) Free Electives9.0MATH 2104.0VACATION
MATH 2014.0(UG) Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0(UG) Free Electives7.0 
MATH 2203.0(UG) MATH Courses6.0(UG) Humanities/Fine Arts Elective3.0 
(UG) Diversity Studies Elective3.0 (UG) MATH Course3.0 
(UG) Free Elective3.0 (UG) Social and Behavioral Science Elective3.0 
(UG) International Studies Elective3.0   
 19 18 20 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5694.0BST 5553.0(UG) Free Electives8.0VACATION
MATH 401 or 3313.0-4.0BST 5704.0(UG) MATH Course4.0 
(UG) Diversity Studies Elective3.0UNIV S2011.0  
(UG) Free Electives9.0(UG) Free Elective3.0  
 (UG) International Studies Elective3.0  
 (UG) MATH Courses6.0  
 19-20 20 12 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BST 5573.0BST 5513.0BST 7013.0BA Degree Awarded
MATH 5103.0BST 5533.0EPI 5703.0Student converts to Graduate status
(UG) Free Electives9.0(UG) Free Electives9.0(UG) Free Electives10.0 
(UG) MATH Course4.0(UG) MATH Course3.0(UG) MATH Course4.0 
 19 18 20 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCredits  
BST 5673.0BST 6993.0  
BST 6751.0(GR) Graduate Electives6.0  
BST 6993.0   
PBHL 5010.0   
(GR) Graduate Electives3.0   
 10 9  
Total Credits 229-230
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