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Major in Statistics

Students should consult advisors about taking Stats 306 and Stats 406 due to pending changes in the Statistics Major and Minors.

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 through Fall of 2017

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).

Beginning Winter 2018

Prerequisites:

  • 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 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.

Pre-Fall 2011 Statistics Major Requirements

For students who declared a statistics major before September 1, 2011, the major program consists of three prerequisite courses and at least 30 additional credits in statistics, mathematics, and electrical engineering and computer science courses.

Prerequisites: MATH 215 and MATH 217; EECS 182 or 183.  (Math 417 may not be substituted for Math 217).

Requirements: Consists of at least 30 credit hours that must include the following:

  • Core STATS Courses — STATS 250/350 (4 credits), STATS 425 (3credits), STATS 426 (3 credits), STATS 500 (3 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)
  • Elective Courses — Courses to be selected in prior consultation with department advisor (to bring major total to 30 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).

Click here to see a listing of our undergraduate statistics courses.

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