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Major Requirements

Requirements for a BA in Statistics

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These requirements are not available to students in the Class of 2024 and later. Only students in earlier classes may follow these requirements.

Prerequisites:
  • MATH 161 and 162 (or MATH 171 and 172, or MATH 141, 142, and 143)
One introductory course:
  • STAT 212: Applied Statistics I
  • STAT 213: Elements of Probability and Math Statistics
  • STAT 214/214W: Biostatistics
  • ECON 230: Economic Statistics (permission secured)
  • PSCI 200: Applied Data Analysis (permission secured)
  • AP Statistics with score of 4 or 5
Six core courses:
  • MATH 164 or MATH 174
  • STAT/MATH 201: Introduction to Probability
  • STAT/MATH 203: Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
  • STAT 216: Applied Statistical Methods I
  • STAT 226W: Introduction to Linear Models
  • STAT 221W: Sampling Techniques

Note: Double majors with Economics may substitute ECON 231W (Econometrics) for STAT 216.

Two computational statistics courses:
  • STAT 277: Introduction to Statistical Software and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • One from:
    • STAT 276: Statistical Computation in R 
    • CSC 172: Data Structures and Algorithms (permission secured)
    • CSC 240: Data Mining (permission secured) (Prerequisites: CSC 171, 172, MATH 161)
    • DSCC/CSC 262: Computational Intro to Statistics (permission secured) (Prerequisites: MATH 161, 162)
    • DSCC/CSC 265: Intermediate Statistical and Computational Methods (permission secured) (Prerequisite: DSCC 262)
Two upper-level courses in the same allied field:

Courses must involve statistics-related topics or applications and must be from the same allied field. Recommended courses are:

  • STAT 218: Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis
  • STAT 223: Introduction to Bayesian Inference
  • BIOL 253: Computational Biology
  • BCSC 229: Computational Models of Perception and Cognition
  • ECON 207: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 209: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 288/PSC 288: Game Theory
  • PSCI 404: Probability and Inference
  • MATH 165: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 208: Operations Research
  • MATH 210: Intro to Financial Mathematics
  • MATH 235: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 280: Intro to Numerical Analysis

The upper-level writing requirement is satisfied with STAT 221W and either STAT 226W or STAT 214W.

Double Majors—Double and triple majors with statistics and biology, economics, engineering, mathematics, political science, psychology or other areas are possible. Only three courses may overlap between any two majors.

Joint Major—The BA degree with a joint concentration in mathematics and statistics is also offered.

For any questions relating to the major, please contact Professor Ciminelli. You should meet with an advisor before declaring your major. If you are ready to declare your major, complete the online major declaration form