Placement in Statistics Courses

Many introductory statistics courses have similar sounding descriptions and cover similar content; the primary difference being the sophistication of the mathematics assumed or used within the course and examples that are selected for the target audience. The table below lists a summary of introductory courses offered by the department and the primary audience for the course. Please review thoroughly and feel free to contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies with any questions regarding placement.

Students who are contemplating a major or minor in statistics, should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.


Course Number Math Requirement Primary Audience

STA 101

Data Analysis and Statistical Inference


Primary audience: Humanities and Social Science majors
Students fulfilling QR or major requirements  

STA 102

Intro Biostatistics


Primary audience: Pre-health students and Natural Science majors
Students fulfilling QR or major requirements

Recommended SAT Math score: 650 or above

STA 111

Probability/Stat Inference

Light Calculus

Primary audience: Economics majors
Students fulfilling QR or major requirements who are above average in math

Math Pre-requisite: Math 21 or equivalent

STA 130

Probability/Statistics in Engineering

Heavy Calculus

Primary audience: Engineering majors
Students who are very strong in math but want only a one semester introduction to statistics

Math Pre-requisite: Math 212 or equivalent

STA 230


Heavy Calculus

Primary audience: Statistics and Math majors and minors
Statistical Science majors / minors or students who want a two-semester introduction to probability and statistics.
STA230 is the prerequisite for STA 250. This sequence is a prerequisite for many of the advanced undergraduate courses offered.

Math Pre/co-requisite: Mathematics 22, 112L, 122, 122L, 202, 212 or 222, or equivalent

Not open to students who have credit for Mathematics 340

STA 611

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Heavy Calculus

Primary audience: Graduate students from many departments
Students who want to cover most of 230 & 250 in one semester to prepare for graduate courses.

Note: Credit is not given for both 611 and 230 & 250.