This course is designed to introduce students in the natural sciences to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include investigating and producing data, experimental design, and statistical inference. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to summarize data graphically and numerically, to produce data using surveys, observational studies and experiments, and to analyze data using confidence intervals and testing hypotheses. The student will also become familiar with how to read and comprehend statistics, how to distinguish and evaluate the validity of different statistical testing techniques, and how to use appropriate statistical technology. Students may not receive credit for this course and MAT 141 Statistics.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and a major/minor in BIO, CHEM, ENVS, or MATH (or consent of advisor/instrucor.