Statistics Minor

The field of Statistics is one of the most important and fastest growing fields today.  Five units are required for this minor of which at least three must be in Statistics (i.e, have a STAT prefix). The remaining two units can be either from Statistics or from among the options listed below. Additionally, one of the two non-stat units may be an independent study/honors project without a stat prefix that involves substantial statistical analysis.

For a description of courses offered in Statistics, please see Statistic Course Listings.

Other courses from outside the department which include a substantial statistics component may also count towards the minor.  A maximum of two of these units can be used towards the minor. These courses include

  • Economics 200 (Quantitative Methods in Economics - 1.5 units),
  • Psychology 205 (Research Methods in Psychology - 1.25 units),
  • Sociology 301 (Quantitative Methods).
  • With the permission of the Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics department,  an SYE that incorporates a significant amount of statistics can count. In the past SYEs (with substantial statistical analysis) from Psychology, Economics, and Sociology have been approved.

You may also download and print out the Statistics minor worksheet to help plan your course of study.

Statistics Minor with a Mathematics Major or Minor

By their very nature, the disciplines of Mathematics and Statistics are closely connected, and several of the courses offered within our department can be used towards a major or minor in both. However, to ensure that students that wish to double minor (or minor in Statistics while majoring in Mathematics) in the two fields have sufficient depth of knowledge within each field, there are some limitations on the number of courses that can count to both.

  • For students matriculated since 2015: Students wishing to declare a major in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics need to meet the requirements for both the Mathematics major and Statistics minor and can apply only Stat 113 and Math/Stat 325 towards meeting the requirements for both. Students planning to do this need to devise a plan in writing with their advisor before the department chair will approve the minor. 
  • For students matriculated since 2015: Students wishing to declare minors in both Mathematics and Statistics need to meet the requirements for both and can apply only Stat 113 and Math/Stat 325 towards meeting the requirements for both. This implies the Mathematics minor will require an additional 5 (non-Statistics) units and the Statistics minor an additional 3 (Statistics) units for a total of 10 units to complete both minors. 

Worksheets to assist in the planning of a Mathematics major/minor with a Statistics minor can be found at the bottom of the Mathematics Major description page.