Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs for a Major in Statistics

Statistics is the art and science of study design and data analysis. Probability theory is the mathematical foundation for the study of statistical methods and for the modeling of random phenomena. The Statistics major builds on a foundation in probability and statistical theory to provide practical training in statistical methods, study design, and data analysis. The Statistics major is an appropriate background for graduate work, including doctoral studies in statistics, social science, public health, genetics, health policy, epidemiology, marketing, opinion polling, economics, finance and banking, government, drug development, and insurance.

The Department offers three undergraduate survey courses: STAT UN1001 is designed for students from non-mathematical disciplines; STAT UN1101 is designed for students with some mathematical maturity, but who have not taken calculus; UN1201 is designed for students who have an understanding of the calculus. Students considering the major should choose UN1101 or UN1201 rather than UN1001.

Three units of credit is given for the AP Statistics exam passed with a score of 5. Students required for their major to take STAT UN1101 or UN1001 should check with their major advisor to determine if this credit provides exemption from those courses. 

The Department offers the Major in Statistics, the Concentration in Statistics, and interdisciplinary majors with Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Political Science.  The concentration is suitable for students preparing for work or study where substantial skills in data analysis are valued and may be taken without mathematical prerequisites.  The concentration consists of a sequence of six courses in applied statistics, but students may substitute statistics electives numbered 4203 or above with permission of the concentration advisors.  The major consists of mathematical and computational prerequisites, an introductory course, and five core courses in probability theory and theoretical and applied statistics together with three electives.  The training in the undergraduate major is comparable to a masters degree in statistics.