BS in Statistics

Students in a statistics lecture

A degree in statistics opens doors to many other academic and professional fields, from economics to sports to politics. In the STEM-designated Bachelor of Science in Statistics program, students learn about the mechanics of statistical data and analysis, as well as how to apply that knowledge to real-world issues.

Majors complete core coursework in algebra and statistics, as well as four upper-level courses from topics such as Business and Economic Statistics, Applied Time Series Analysis and a variety of special topics.



    Rachel Hildrich

    "Majoring in statistics meant I didn’t have to pigeonhole myself. I use the statistical programming skills I gained at GW daily to contribute to research with a positive impact on real-world policies."

    Rachel Hildrich, BS ’14
    Senior Programmer Analyst, Mathematica Policy


    Course Requirements

    The following requirements must be fulfilled:

    The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

    Program-specific curriculum—all courses in the major, including prerequisites, must be completed with a minimum grade of C-:

    Prerequisite courses:
    MATH 1231Single-Variable Calculus I
    MATH 1232Single-Variable Calculus II
    MATH 2233Multivariable Calculus
    STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics (or equivalent)
    or STAT 1053 Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
    STAT 1129Introduction to Computing (or equivalent)
    or CSCI 1121 Introduction to C Programming
    Required courses in the major:
    MATH 2184Linear Algebra I
    or MATH 2185 Comprehensive Introduction to Linear Algebra
    STAT 2118Regression Analysis
    STAT 3119Design and Analysis of Experiments
    STAT 4157Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
    STAT 4158Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
    STAT 2183Intermediate Statistics Lab/Packages
    or STAT 4197 Fundamentals of SAS Programming for Data Management
    Four approved upper-level courses, some of which, in special circumstances, may be taken in other departments. To assure a balanced program, departmental approval of electives is required for all majors. Some suggested electives are:
    STAT 2112Business and Economic Statistics II
    STAT 3187Introduction to Sampling
    STAT 4181Applied Time Series Analysis
    STAT 4188Nonparametric Statistics Inference
    STAT 4189Mathematical Probability and Applications I
    STAT 4198Special Topics