Mathematics/Pre-MS in Biostatistics Area

This program is designed for students majoring in Mathematics or Statistics at Murray State University to earn an MS degree in Biostatistics from the University of Louisville in a manner similar to a five-year BS-MS program. The program requires completion of a minimum of 32 semester credit hours at the University of Louisville, 12 of which will complete a BA/BS degree in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics at Murray State University.

Enrollment at the University of Louisville

The applicant enrolls in the Spring semester at the University of Louisville as a visiting student during the last semester of their undergraduate study, taking 9 graduate hours and 3 undergraduate hours. Tuition and fees for all these courses will be charged at an undergraduate level. The Applicant will then transfer these 12 credit hours to MSU as undergraduate credit and earn the BA/BS degree at the end of the Spring semester.

During the Spring semester, upon review of the complete application, which, among other materials, includes a satisfactory GRE score, the applicant may be admitted to the MS degree in Biostatistics at the University of Louisville, conditional upon completion of the bachelor's degree from MSU. The 9 graduate credit hours applied toward the bachelor’s degree will also be counted towards the MS degree in Biostatistics.

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Arts Degree

University Studies Requirements: 32-41 hrs
(see University Studies section in bulletin)

University Studies selections must include

  • MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis

Required Courses: 41 hrs

  • BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life
  • MAT 100T Transitions
  • MAT 308 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • MAT 309 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 312 Mathematical Reasoning
  • MAT 335 Matrix Theory and Linear Algebra
  • MAT 338 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MAT 442 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • MAT 525 Advanced Calculus I
  • STA 253 Introduction to Statistical Data Analysis
  • STA 440 Mathematical Statistics I
  • STA 441 Mathematical Statistics II
  • STA 465 Applied Statistics I

Computer Programming Electives: 3 hrs
One course selected from:

  • CSC 145 Introduction to Programming
  • CSC 232 Introduction to Programming in C#
  • CSC 233 Programming in Python
  • CSC 235 Programming in C++
  • CSC 325 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming
  • CSC 332 Advanced Programming in C#

Final semester coursework from the University of Louisville: 12 hrs
Advanced Calculus II and 9 hours of coursework in Biostatistics

Total credits: 56

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hrs

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