# Mathematics BS / Biostatistics MS

*Major: Mathematics (BS) / Biostatistics (MS)*

*Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) 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);*BS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:

*27.0101*

*BS Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 15-2021*

MS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:

MS Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:

*26.1101*

*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 Science in Mathematics and Master of Science in Biostatistics. Participants can earn both a BS 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 BS. 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 BSMS 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 BSMS Provisional Admit but is not officially accepted into the BSMS 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.

## Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements | ||

CIVC 101 | Introduction to Civic Engagement | 1.0 |

COOP 101 | Career Management and Professional Development ^{*} | 1.0 |

COM 230 | Techniques of Speaking | 3.0 |

ENGL 101 | Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research | 3.0 |

or ENGL 111 | English Composition I | |

ENGL 102 | Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing | 3.0 |

or ENGL 112 | English Composition II | |

ENGL 103 | Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres | 3.0 |

or ENGL 113 | English Composition III | |

UNIV S101 | The Drexel Experience | 1.0 |

UNIV S201 | Looking Forward: Academics and Careers | 1.0 |

Computer Science Sequence | ||

CS 150 | Computer Science Principles | 3.0 |

or CS 164 | Introduction to Computer Science | |

CS 171 | Computer Programming I | 3.0 |

CS 172 | Computer Programming II | 3.0 |

Science Requirement | ||

Any Biology (BIO) course | 3.0-4.0 | |

Any Chemistry (CHEM) course | 3.0-4.0 | |

Any Physics (PHYS) or Physics-Environmental Science (PHEV) course | 3.0-4.0 | |

Mathematics Requirements | ||

MATH 121 | Calculus I ^{**} | 4.0 |

MATH 122 | Calculus II | 4.0 |

MATH 123 | Calculus III | 4.0 |

MATH 200 | Multivariate Calculus | 4.0 |

MATH 201 | Linear Algebra | 4.0 |

MATH 210 | Differential Equations | 4.0 |

MATH 220 [WI] | Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning | 3.0 |

MATH 331 | Abstract Algebra I | 4.0 |

MATH 332 | Abstract Algebra II | 3.0 |

MATH 401 | Elements of Modern Analysis I | 3.0 |

MATH 402 | Elements of Modern Analysis II | 3.0 |

Math Major Electives ^{***} | 40.0 | |

Select a minimum of 40.0 credits from the following: | ||

Combinatorics | ||

Math Competition Problem Solving Seminar | ||

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 | ||

Linear Algebra II | ||

Introduction to Topology | ||

Mathematical Finance | ||

Introduction to Graph Theory | ||

Cryptography | ||

Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods | ||

Tensor Calculus | ||

Undergraduate Electives | ||

Humanities electives ^{†} | 6.0 | |

International Studies or Studies in Diversity electives | 6.0 | |

Social Sciences electives ^{††} | 15.0 | |

Free electives | 40.0 | |

Required MS Biostatistics Courses | ||

BST 551 | Statistical Inference I | 3.0 |

BST 553 | Longitudinal Data Analysis | 3.0 |

BST 555 | Introduction to Statistical Computing | 3.0 |

BST 557 | Survival Data Analysis | 3.0 |

BST 567 | Statistical Consulting | 3.0 |

BST 569 | Linear Statistical Models | 4.0 |

BST 570 | Generalized Linear Models | 4.0 |

BST 675 | Statistical Consulting Lab | 1.0 |

BST 701 | Advanced Statistical Computing | 3.0 |

Required Epidemiology Course | ||

EPI 570 | Introduction to Epidemiology | 3.0 |

Other Required Courses | ||

BST 699 | Data Analysis Project | 6.0 |

MATH 510 | Applied Probability and Statistics I | 3.0 |

PBHL 501 | Introduction to Public Health | 0.0 |

Graduate Electives | 9.0 | |

Any BST and EPI course at the 500-999 level | ||

Total Credits | 229.0-232.0 |

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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.

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

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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.

MATH 100, MATH 101, MATH 102, MATH 110, MATH 119, MATH 180, MATH 171, MATH 172, MATH 173, and MATH 239 do not count towards the degree unless approved by the department

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

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Any ANTH, ECON, HIST, INTR, 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.

### 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 | |||||||
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Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

CS 150 or 164 | 3.0 | CIVC 101 | 1.0 | CS 172 | 3.0 | VACATION | |

ENGL 101 or 111 | 3.0 | COOP 101^{*} | 1.0 | ENGL 103 or 113 | 3.0 | ||

MATH 121 | 4.0 | CS 171 | 3.0 | MATH 123 | 4.0 | ||

UNIV S101 | 1.0 | ENGL 102 or 112 | 3.0 | MATH 200 | 4.0 | ||

Any (UG) BIO | 3.0 | MATH 122 | 4.0 | Any (UG) PHYS or PHEV | 3.0 | ||

Any (UG) CHEM | 3.0 | ||||||

14 | 15 | 17 | 0 | ||||

Second Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

COM 230 | 3.0 | MATH 210 | 4.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 6.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 10.0 |

MATH 201 | 4.0 | (UG) International Studies or Studies in Diversity Electives | 3.0 | (UG) Humanities Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Humanities Elective | 3.0 |

MATH 220 | 3.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 7.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 7.0 | (UG) International Studies or Studies in Diversity Electives | 3.0 |

(UG) Social Science Electives | 6.0 | (UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | (UG) MATH Elective | 3.0 |

16 | 17 | 19 | 19 | ||||

Third Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

MATH 401 | 3.0 | MATH 402 | 3.0 | COOP EXPERIENCE | COOP EXPERIENCE | ||

(UG) Free Electives | 9.0 | UNIV S201 | 1.0 | ||||

(UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 9.0 | ||||

BST 569 | 4.0 | BST 555 | 3.0 | ||||

BST 570 | 4.0 | ||||||

19 | 20 | 0 | 0 | ||||

Fourth Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

MATH 331 | 4.0 | MATH 332 | 3.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 6.0 | BS Degree Awarded | |

(UG) Math Electives | 8.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 9.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 6.0 | Student converts to Graduate status | |

BST 557 | 3.0 | BST 551 | 3.0 | BST 701 | 3.0 | ||

MATH 510 | 3.0 | BST 553 | 3.0 | EPI 570 | 3.0 | ||

18 | 18 | 18 | 0 | ||||

Fifth Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | ||||

BST 567 | 3.0 | BST 699 | 3.0 | ||||

BST 675 | 1.0 | (GR) Graduate Electives | 6.0 | ||||

BST 699 | 3.0 | ||||||

PBHL 501 | 0.0 | ||||||

(GR) Graduate Electives | 3.0 | ||||||

10 | 9 | ||||||

Total Credits 229 |

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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 | |||||||
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

CS 150 or 164 | 3.0 | CIVC 101 | 1.0 | CS 172 | 3.0 | VACATION | |

ENGL 101 or 111 | 3.0 | CS 171 | 3.0 | ENGL 103 or 113 | 3.0 | ||

MATH 121 | 4.0 | ENGL 102 or 112 | 3.0 | MATH 123 | 4.0 | ||

UNIV S101 | 1.0 | MATH 122 | 4.0 | MATH 200 | 4.0 | ||

Any (UG) BIO | 3.0 | Any (UG) CHEM | 3.0 | Any (UG) PHYS or PHEV | 3.0 | ||

14 | 14 | 17 | 0 | ||||

Second Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

COM 230 | 3.0 | MATH 210 | 4.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 7.0 | VACATION | |

MATH 201 | 4.0 | (UG) International Studies or Studies in Diversity Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Humanities Elective | 3.0 | ||

MATH 220 | 3.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 9.0 | (UG) MATH Elective | 4.0 | ||

(UG) Social Science Electives | 6.0 | (UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | ||

16 | 19 | 17 | 0 | ||||

Third Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

MATH 331 | 4.0 | MATH 332 | 3.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 10.0 | VACATION | |

(UG) Free Electives | 6.0 | UNIV S201 | 1.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 7.0 | ||

(UG) Humanities Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Free Elective | 3.0 | ||||

(UG) International Studies or Studies in Diversity Elective | 3.0 | (UG) MATH Elective | 3.0 | ||||

BST 569 | 4.0 | (UG) Social Science Elective | 3.0 | ||||

BST 555 | 3.0 | ||||||

BST 570 | 4.0 | ||||||

20 | 20 | 17 | 0 | ||||

Fourth Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | Spring | Credits | Summer | Credits |

MATH 401 | 3.0 | MATH 402 | 3.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 6.0 | BS Degree Awarded | |

(UG) Free Elective | 3.0 | (UG) Free Electives | 6.0 | (UG) MATH Electives | 6.0 | Student converts to Graduate status | |

(UG) Math Electives | 7.0 | (UG) MATH Elective | 4.0 | EPI 570 | 3.0 | ||

BST 557 | 3.0 | BST 551 | 3.0 | BST 701 | 3.0 | ||

MATH 510 | 3.0 | BST 553 | 3.0 | ||||

19 | 19 | 18 | 0 | ||||

Fifth Year | |||||||

Fall | Credits | Winter | Credits | ||||

BST 567 | 3.0 | BST 699 | 3.0 | ||||

BST 675 | 1.0 | (GR) Graduate Electives | 6.0 | ||||

BST 699 | 3.0 | ||||||

PBHL 501 | 0.0 | ||||||

(GR) Graduate Elective | 3.0 | ||||||

10 | 9 | ||||||

Total Credits 229 |

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