Statistics B.S.MSC.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

Statistics Major

Statistics is a mathematical science extensively used in a wide variety of fields. Indeed, every discipline which gathers and interprets data uses statistical concepts and procedures to understand the information implicit in their data. Statisticians become involved in efforts to solve real world problems by designing surveys and experimental plans, constructing and interpreting descriptive statistics, developing and applying statistical inference procedures, and developing and investigating stochastic models or computer simulations. To investigate new statistical procedures requires a knowledge of mathematics and computing as well as statistical theory. To apply concepts and procedures effectively also calls for an understanding of the field of application.

The curriculum is designed for students who plan to enter business, industry, or government as statisticians; to become professional actuaries; or to continue on to graduate school in statistics/ biostatistics or another field where quantitative ability is valuable (operations research, medicine, public health, demography, psychology, etc.). Students are encouraged to undertake special projects to gain experience in data analysis, design, and statistical computing. Also, experience may be gained with local industry and other organizations for those interested in quality control, industrial statistics, survey and market research or forecasting, for example.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences in CEMS may select statistics as their major. In addition, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Arts and Sciences may concentrate in statistics as a part of their mathematics major.


Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences (Majoring in Statistics) are subject to the Academic Standards in CEMS outlined in this catalogue.


No more than three grades of D, D+, or D– in 200 level (or higher) mathematics (MATH) or statistics (STAT) courses may be used to satisfy “Core Curriculum” and “Major Courses” requirements.

A. Core Curriculum

MATH 021Calculus I 14
MATH 022Calculus II4
MATH 121Calculus III4
MATH 122Applied Linear Algebra3
or MATH 124 Linear Algebra
CS 021Computer Programming I3
STAT 201Stat Computing & Data Analysis3
STAT 221Statistical Methods II3
Choose one of each of the following:12
Basic Statistical Methods
Statistics for Engineering
Statistical Methods I
Applied Probability
Probability Theory
Statistical Inference
Statistical Theory
Statistics Practicum
Undergrad Honors Thesis
Students may substitute an advisor-approved 200-level STAT course for STAT 281/STAT 293 requirement

A student with a MATH 021 waiver can use it to fulfill the requirement of MATH 021 in the Core Curriculum. However, at least three extra credits of mathematics numbered above MATH 023 must be added to the Major Courses requirement.

B. Major Courses

An additional six credits of statistics, so that the total credits earned in statistics is at least twenty-four. A minimum of two additional credits in mathematics, statistics, or computer science courses numbered 100 or above, so that a total of at least forty-five credits in the core and major courses are earned. A total of eighteen credits in the combined core and major courses must be taken at the 200-level. No more than twelve credits can be taken in computer science.

C. Allied Field Courses

Twenty-four credits selected from the following Allied Fields:

  1. Physical Sciences
  2. Biological Sciences
  3. Medical Sciences
  4. Engineering
  5. Computer Science (CS 110 or higher)
  6. Agricultural Sciences
  7. Business Administration
  8. Psychology
  9. Economics
  10. Environmental Sciences/Studies
  11. Natural Resources

Students, in consultation with their advisors, must plan a sequence of Allied Field courses consistent with their professional and personal goals. Students interested in pursuing intensive studies in an area not specifically listed are encouraged to plan a program with their advisor and submit it to the appropriate departmental committee for review and approval. The requirements are as follows:

Twenty-four credits selected from the above list of Allied Fields, including at least one laboratory experience in science or engineering. Of these twenty-four credits, at least six must be in courses numbered 100 or above, and at least six must be taken in fields 1 to 5. Courses used to satisfy requirement B above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

D. Humanities and Social Science Courses

(Courses used to satisfy requirement C above may not be used to satisfy this requirement.)

SPCH 011 and twenty-one credits of courses selected from categories I, II, and III listed below. These twenty-one credits must be distributed over at least two categories, and at least six credits must be taken in each of the two categories chosen. 

I. Language and Literature II. Fine Arts, Philosophy and Religion III. Social Sciences
Arabic Art History Anthropology
Chinese Dance Communication Sciences and Disorders
Classics Film and Television Studies Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
English Music Economics
French Philosophy Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
German Religion Geography
Greek Speech Global and Regional Studies
Hebrew Studio Art History
Italian Theatre Holocaust Studies
Japanese Human Development and Family Studies
Latin Political Science
Linguistics Psychology
Portuguese Sociology
Russian Vermont Studies
World Literature

E. Total Credits

A minimum of 120 credits is required. Students must satisfy all University requirements. 

Optional Concentrations 

Pre-Medical Concentration

Each student electing the Pre-Medical concentration in statistics will fulfill the general requirements for the statistics major. STAT 200 is recommended as an important elective for students interested in medicine or allied health. In addition, the pre-medical concentration should include, at a minimum:

Two semesters of general chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratory:16
Choose one of the following sequences:
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 2
Organic Chemistry for Majors 1
and Organic Chemistry for Majors 2
Complete the following sequence:
Organic Chemistry 1
and Organic Chemistry 2
Choose one of the following physics sequences with laboratory:7-8
Physics for Engineers I
and Physics for Engineers II
and Introductory Lab II
Fundamentals of Physics I
and Fundamentals of Physics II
At least one year of biology with laboratory:8
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology

Concentration in Quality

Students interested in methods of quality control and quality improvement are encouraged to develop a concentration in Quality. Regularly offered courses include STAT 224 and related courses in business administration such as BSAD 178 and others in the Production and Operations Management and Quantitative Method areas. Project experience in industrial quality control or in health care quality can be gained in STAT 191 and STAT 281, or STAT 293 - STAT 294.

Double Major in Mathematics and Statistics

Students may earn a double major in mathematics and statistics by meeting the requirements of the statistics major and earning an additional fifteen credits in mathematics, to include:

MATH 052Fundamentals of Mathematics3
Choose two of the following:6
Ordinary Differential Equation
Intro to Numerical Analysis
Anyl in Several Real Vars I
Abstract Algebra I