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

Rachel Hildrich, BS ’14

Senior Programmer Analyst, Mathematica Policy Research

"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."

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 Linear Algebra I for Math Majors
STAT 2118Regression Analysis
STAT 3119Analysis of Variance
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-division 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