Statistics Minor

The field of Statistics is one of the most important and fastest growing fields today.  Five units are required to complete a minor in Statistics.  These may be chosen from among the following options, subject to the guidelines listed beneath them.

Courses within the department which count towards the minor include

  • Statistics 113 (Applied Statistics),
  • Statistics 201 (Introduction to Statistical Computing - 0.5 unit),
  • Statistics 213 (Applied Regression Analysis),
  • Statistics 226 (Statistical Methods for Data Collection),
  • Statistics 240 (Introduction to Statistical Learning - 0.5 unit),
  • Statistics 325 (Probability),
  • Statistics 326 (Mathematical Statistics). Note that Statistics 325 is also cross-listed as Mathematics 325.
  • Statistics 342 (Econometrics). Note that Statistics 342 is also cross-listed as Economics 342.
  • Statistics 343 (Time Series Analysis).  Note that Statistics 343 is also cross-listed as Economics 343.
  • Statistics 450 (SYE Seminar)
  • Statistics 489/498 (SYE)

Other courses from outside the department which include a substantial statistics component may also count 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 from Psychology, Economics, and Sociology have counted.

Keep the following guidelines in mind while planning a course of study.  No more than two of the five units can be disciplinary methods courses from outside the statistics offerings.  Furthermore, Statistics 113 and Economics 200 may not both be counted toward the statistics minor.  However, an independent study/honors project that involves substantial statistical analysis may also be used as one of the five units toward a statistics minor.

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.