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Major in Statistics

Students declaring their minor in Open Advising from November 26 - December 7, 2018 will not have their declaration entered immediately. Declarations will be entered the week of December 10, 2018.

The major program prepares students for careers in industry and government as well as for graduate programs in statistics and quantitative fields. It emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills in data analysis and empirical research. The Major program includes a core set of courses in applied statistics, statistical theory, and computational statistics.  Elective courses cover specific classes of statistical techniques, or focus on research areas where statistical analysis plays a major role. Statistics majors learn to apply the skills they learn to diverse application areas including medicine, finance, public policy, and information technology. Students can tailor their elective to prepare themselves for appropriate graduate programs.

Current requirements


  • MATH 215 and MATH 217 (MATH 214 and MATH 417 may not be substituted for MATH 217)
  • EECS 183
  • STATS 250, 280 or 412

Requirements: Consists of at least 26 credit hours that must include the following:

  1. Core applied statistics course: STATS 413
  2. Core theoretical statistics courses: Stats 425, Stats 426
  3. Core statistics computing course — STATS 306
  4. Additional advanced statistics courses: At least two of:
    • STATS 406
    • STATS 415
    • STATS 430
    • STATS 451
    • STATS 470
    • STATS 480
    • STATS 526
  5. Capstone Course — STATS 485
  6. Elective courses Statistics, Mathematics, or EECS. These approved courses include:
    • STATS 404, 408, 449
    • Any approved 500+ level Statistics course
    • Any additional courses from #4 above
    • Any 400+ level advisor approved MATH course (except 417 and 419)
    • 300+ level advisor approved EECS course

Students interested in the application of statistics to various disciplines such as economics, biological sciences, and psychology are also encourages to take classes in these areas.

Requirements for majors declaring before January 1, 2018

Prerequisites: MATH 215 and MATH 217; EECS 182 or 183; STATS 250, 280 or 412.  (MATH 417 may not be substituted for MATH 217).

Requirements: Consists of at least 26 credit hours that must include the following:

  • Core STATS Courses — STATS 425 (3 credits), STATS 426 (3 credits), STATS 413 (4 credits)
  • Core Computing Course — STATS 406 (4 credits)
  • Additional STATS Courses — At least one of the following:
    • STATS 415 (4 credits)
    • STATS 430 (3 credits)
    • STATS 470 (4 credits)
    • STATS 480 (4 credits)
  • Capstone Course — STATS 485 (3 credits)
  • Elective Courses — Courses to be selected in prior consultation with department advisor (to bring major total to 26 credit hours).  May include:  
    • STATS 404, 408, 449, 489, any 500+ level STATS courses, and any additional STATS courses listed above
    • 300+ level EECS courses
    • 400+ level MATH courses (exceptions: MATH 417, 420).


Any student who has maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 through their sophomore year may apply for admission to the honors program in Statistics by contacting an Honors Advisor. Students in the honors program must complete the regular major program in addition to the requirements listed below.


  • MATH 451 (3 credits) must be selected as one of the elective courses.
  • A Statistics major GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Elect the Senior Honors Seminar, STATS 499 (2–3 credits), and complete a senior project under the direction of a member of the faculty. This requirement must be arranged with a Department of Statistics Undergraduate Honors Advisor.

A student who successfully completes the concentration program should be well prepared for graduate work in statistics.


Pending Approval: Honors Requirements Effective W19 

Any student with a current grade point average of at least 3.4 may apply for admission to the Honors major program. Such application is made through a Statistics Department undergraduate advisor. Students in the Honors program must complete the regular major program above with the following modifications: MATH 451 and an overall GPA of at least 3.5. In addition, Honors majors must elect the Senior Honors Seminar (STATS 499) and complete a project or a thesis under the direction of a member of the Statistics Department faculty. A grade of at least "A-" is required for STATS 499.

Interested in talking to a Faculty Advisor about majoring in Statistics?