Stat 550 syllabus

Environmental Statistics


Course Description Sampling environmental populations, parametric and

nonparametric estimation; applications of lognormal distribution; locating hot spots;

censored data; outlier detection; trend analysis, seasonality; estimation of animal

abundance (time permitting).


Prerequisites ST 540 or permission of instructor.


Textbook Statistical Methods for Environmental Pollution Monitoring, by Richard

Gilbert, Wiley Publications. ISBN 0-471-28878-0


Learning Objectives

Activities of man introduced contaminants of many kinds into the environment: air

pollutants from industry, exhaust emissions from vehicles, radionuclides from nuclear

discharge, and pesticides, sewage, detergents, and other chemicals that enter lakes,

rivers, surface water and ground water. Many monitoring and research studies are

conducted to quantify the amount of pollutants, determine trends, and identify potential

problems. The purpose of this course is to equip the student with appropriate statistical

techniques that can be used to determine how pollutants distribute and persist in air,

water, soil and biota and to assess the effects of pollutants on man and the




Chapter 1 0.5 week
Chapter 2 1.0 week
Chapter 3 1.0 week
Chapter 4 1.5 week
Chapter 5 1.0 week
Chapter 6 0.5 week 
Chapter 7 0.5 week 
Chapter 8 1.0 week 
Chapter 9  0.5 week 
Chapter 10 1.0 week 
Chapter 11 1.0 week
Chapter 12  1.0 week
Chapter 13  1.0 week 
Chapter 14 1.0 week 



Note Time allotments are approximate and do not include exams.


Use of Technology This course uses statistical software such as Minitab and SPS for data analysis.


Last Updated February 18, 2014