Majors in Statistical Science

The major is structured to teach students about statistical science and to provide them with a substantial undergraduate research experience. We offer both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Statistical Science.

Required Courses:

  • Bachelor of Science: 9 Statistics courses and 5 prerequisite courses
  • Bachelor of Arts: 8 Statistics courses and 5 prerequisite courses

Prerequisites

The skills developed and techniques explored in these courses are necessary for study of advanced statistical methods in the major:

  • MATH 21 Introductory Calculus I OR MATH 111L Laboratory Calculus I
  • MATH 122 Introductory Calculus II OR MATH 112L Laboratory Calculus II
  • MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus OR MATH 222 Advanced Multivariable Calculus OR MATH 202 Multivariable Calculus for Economics
  • MATH 216 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations OR MATH 218 Matrices and Vector Spaces OR MATH 221 Linear Algebra and Application
  • CS 101L Introduction to Computer Science OR CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms. Other CS courses require pre-approval from the DUS.

Recommended Statistical Science

  • STA 199 Intro to Data Science (We recommend that students wishing to major in Statistical Science start with this course. It is generally offered in the Spring, starting in Spring 2018.)

Core Statistical Science

  • STA 210 Regression Analysis
  • STA 230 Probability (MATH 230)
  • STA 250 Statistics (MATH 342)
  • STA 360 Bayesian and Modern Statistics (It is essential that you take this course by the end of your junior year.)
  • STA 440 Case Studies in the Practice of Statistics (Taken during the fall semester of senior year.)

Electives

Electives are intended to provide breadth in statistical thinking and methods. All electives must contain statistical content beyond what is covered in STA 210. STA 611 (Introduction to Mathematical Statistics) cannot be used towards this requirement. Up to 2 independent study courses can be used towards this requirement. Faculty advisors and the Director of Undergraduate Studies will help majors to select elective courses in accordance with their academic goals. See Course Descriptions and Pathways for potential choices.

  • Bachelor of Arts: 3 Statistical Science electives
  • Bachelor of Science: 3 Statistical Science electives plus 1 elective from an applied field, such as engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, or one of the quantitative social sciences. Applied elective must come from the list of approved courses or must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. See here for more information on this requirement.

Typical Course of Study

The following shows the typical pathway you would take to achieve your Bachelor of Science major. Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts major would only take 3 of the "Statistics Electives" shown in the charts.

For students entering without Calculus background
  Fall Semester Spring Semester
1st Year Calculus I Calculus II
STA 199 Intro to Data Science
2nd Year Multivariable Calculus
STA 210 Regression Analysis
STA 230 Probability
Linear Algebra
STA 250 Statistics
3rd Year STA 360 Bayesian and Modern Statistics Statistics Elective
Statistics Elective
4th Year STA 440 Case Studies
Statistics Elective
Statistics Elective

 

For students entering with one semester of Calculus
  Fall Semester Spring Semester
1st Year Calculus II Multivariable Calculus 
STA 199 Intro to Data Science
2nd Year STA 210 Regression Analysis
STA 230 Probability
Linear Algebra
STA 250 Statistics
3rd Year STA 360 Bayesian and Modern Statistics Statistics Elective
Statistics Elective
4th Year STA 440 Case Studies
Statistics Elective
Statistics Elective

 

For students entering with two semesters of Calculus
  Fall Semester Spring Semester
1st Year Multivariable Calculus
STA 230 Probability
STA 199 Intro to Data Science
STA 250 Statistics
2nd Year Linear Algebra
STA 210 Regression Analysis
STA 360 Bayesian and Modern Statistics
3rd Year Statistics Elective Statistics Elective
4th Year STA 440 Case Studies
Statistics Elective
Statistics Elective