Undergraduate Programs

The Statistics Department offers a BS in Statistics as well as a Minor in Statistics. Given the expanding use of data in all realms of society, we encourage students from all fields to consider pursuing either a BS or minor. We have several students who are double majors in fields of application, and minors from a wide range of departments across campus. A minor can be an excellent complement to a degree in another field.

Our course and program descriptions can be found on the University Bulletin. We design for each student a flexible program tailored to his/her own particular interests and objectives.

Major: Prerequisite courses are Math 1231, Math 1232, Math 2233, and an introductory statistics course. Required courses are Math 2184, Stat 2118, 3119, 1129, 4157-4158, either 2183 or 4197, plus three approved 2000 or higher level courses. In special circumstances, approval may be given to courses outside the department.

Minor: A Minor in Statistics requires 18 hours of approved courses, including an introductory statistics course and Stat 2118 (Regression Analysis) or Stat/Econ 2123 (Introduction to Econometrics).

Some common elective concentrations:

  • Statistical computing: Stat 1129 (Introduction to Computing), Stat 2183 (Statistical Computing Packages), Stat 4197 (Fundamentals of SAS Programming for Data Management). Statistical computing skills are in great demand.
  • Economic/Business emphasis: Stat 4181 (Applied Time Series), Stat 4157-4158 (Introduction to Mathematical Statistics, including calculus-based probability), Stat 3187 (Introduction to Sampling)
  • Biomedical/Social Science emphasis: Stat 3119 (Analysis of Variance), Stat 3187.

“Minoring in statistics was a great experience for me. The classes I took, all of which I found to be challenging, interesting, and well taught, provided me with a strong background in statistics. Additionally, I found all of my statistics professors to be very approachable and helpful with any questions. In my work as a defense analyst, and also as I pursued my master's degree, the knowledge I gained as a statistics minor has been continuously valuable to me.”

—Sarah Amundson, B.A. in Economics 2001, M.A. in Security Policy Studies, 2003

Undergraduate Admissions