Placement in Statistics Courses

Many introductory statistics courses have similar sounding descriptions and cover similar content; the primary differences are generally 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

Algebra Primary audience: Humanities and Social Science majors
Students fulfilling QR or major requirements
STA 102 — Introductory Biostatistics Algebra

Primary audience: Pre-health students and Natural Science majors
Students fulfilling QR or major requirements
Recommended SAT Math score: 650 or above

STA 110FS - Introductory Special Topics in Statistics Light Calculus

Primary audience: Students in Focus Program (topics vary by semester)
Math Pre-requisite: Math 21 or equivalent

Note: STA110FS alone is not sufficient for the economics major and should be followed by STA 111 for ECON students (in combination, these courses provide an outstanding foundation)

STA 111 — Probability and Statistical 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 and Statistics in Engineering Heavier 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 199 - Intro to Data Science No Calculus

Primary audience: Statistics majors and minors as well as students interested in modern data science and computing. (If you are an intended StatSci major, start here!) 

STA 230 — Probability

STA 240L -- Probability for Statistics

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 or STA 240L is the prerequisite for STA 250. Either 240L or 230+250 is a prerequisite for many of the advanced undergraduate courses offered (e.g., STA 360).
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.