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Research Methods and Applications

Degree Type: Minor
College(s): Business

Why Choose the Research Methods and Applications Minor?

Today, more than ever, those who can make sense of data enjoy a competitive edge over those who cannot. Perhaps you will work in production, marketing, quality management, a healthcare delivery system, the automotive industry or some high tech research firm. The research methods and applications minor offers you a chance to develop this competitive edge, the practical know-how to create and present information by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. Today, employers favor graduates with quantitative and research methods skills. When you are looking for a job, do you want to have an advantage over other applicants? If so, the research methods and applications minor will provide that advantage for you.

The minor requires 18 semester credit hours, consisting of two required courses, three elective tools courses, and your choice of one applications course. The tools and applications electives allow you the opportunity to personalize the minor to your area of study or interest.

Career Opportunities

The proliferation of computers within organizations of all types has created a greater demand for employees who can combine their professional knowledge of business, health sciences or technology with skills in collecting, organizing and interpreting quantitative information. The research methods and applications minor prepares students to make better use of data in their chosen career. Whether working in a production facility, marketing service, healthcare systems or areas such as applied mathematics, marketing research or quality control, the employee who has a minor in research methods and applications is better equipped to utilize data in the decision-making process.

Admission Requirements

Any Ferris student interested in improving his/her career opportunities can obtain the minor in research methods and applications in conjunction with his/her baccalaureate.

Graduation Requirements

A Ferris student will receive the research methods and applications minor upon graduation with a baccalaureate degree, and after completion of the requirements for the minor with a minimum 2.0 grade point average in quantitative business analysis courses.

No more than 50% of the credits in this minor may be transferred from another institution.  A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but not more than 7 credits in a minor may overlap with the student's major.

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Required Foundations Courses

Select two, 6 credits
Inferential Statistics
3
Choose One:
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Quality Science Statistics
3
Statistics for PSYC Sciences
3
Introduction to Statistics
3

Elective Tools Courses

Select three, 9 credits
Marketing Data Analysis
3
Sociological Meth/Qualitative
3
Sociological Statistics
3
SSCI 310
Array
Cont Improvement Tools-Techniq
3
Management Science
3
Data Mining Tools
3
Quality Control for Management
3
Data Mining Processes
3
Elective (Must be pre-approved by minor advisor)
3
** MFGE 353 (MATH 126) may be substituted for STQM 351  (STQM 260)

Elective Applications Course

Select one, 3 credits
Research Methods in Comm
3
CCHS 315
3
Operations Research
3
Statistical Proc Engineering
3
Quality-Operations Mgmt
3
Marketing Research
3
Psych Research Methods-Design
3
Research Meth in Leisure Ser
3
Appl Social Research Statistic
3
Applied Community Research
4
Elective (Must be pre-approved by minor advisor)
3
Minimum credit hours required for minor:
18
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