Getting Started with Statistics

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 reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Studies at dus@stat.duke.edu with any questions about courses and/or programs.

Open Advising Info Sessions 

Wondering about which course to take, or how to get started in a StatSci major or minor or IDM?  Come to an open advising session to get your questions answered.  Our Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Joan Combs Durso,  will be holding Zoom sessions at these times:

All times are in Duke Durham time or Eastern Daylight Time:

  • Tuesday, Nov 1, 5:30 - 6:30pm
  • Monday, Nov 7, 3:00 - 4:00pm

The sessions will take place on Zoom at this link: https://duke.zoom.us/j/95452131909

Peer Advising session by our Trinity Ambassadors and Stat Sci Majors Union:

  • November 2nd, 7-8 pm, in West Union / Brodhead Center Room 216.

For further information about our programs and courses, email dus@stat.duke.edu

 

Course Number Math Requirement Primary Audience

STA 101L – Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

High School Algebra Humanities and Social Science majors and students fulfilling QS, R, STS, or major requirements.
STA 102L – Introductory Biostatistics High School Algebra

Pre-health students and Natural Science majors and students fulfilling QS, R, STS, or major requirements.

STA 110FS – Introductory Special Topics in Statistics Light Calculus

Students in the Focus Program. Math prerequisite: MATH 21 or equivalent.

STA 198L - Intro to Health Data Science High School Algebra

If you are an intended Statistical Science major or minor who is interested in pre-health, start here!

Statistical Science majors and minors who are also pre-health or Natural Science majors who are pursuing pre-health studies and interested in applications of modern data science and computing techniques to their fields as well as students fulfilling QS, R, STS, or major requirements. Also, a great choice for any student wanting a modern and thorough introduction to R.

STA 199L – Intro to Data Science High school Algebra

If you are an intended Statistical Science major or minor, start here!

Statistical Science majors and minors or Social Science, Natural Science, or Humanities majors who are interested in applications of modern data science and computing techniques to their fields as well as students fulfilling QS, R, STS, or major requirements. Also a great choice for any student wanting a modern and thorough introduction to R.

STA 230 – Probability Calculus

Statistical Science, Computer Science, and Math majors and minors or students who want a mathematical introduction to probability and statistics. Math Prerequisite: MATH 22, 112L, 122, 122L, 202, 212, 219, or 222, or equivalent. Not open to students who have credit for MATH 340.

STA 240L – Probability for Statistical Inference, Modeling, and Data Analysis Calculus

This is the recommended probability course for Statistical Science students.

Statistical Science, Computer Science, and Math majors and minors or students who want a computational introduction to probability and statistics. Math prerequisite: MATH 22, 112L, 122, 122L, 202, 212, 219, or 222, or equivalent. Not open to students who have taken STA 230/MATH 230 or MATH 340/STA 231.