Statistics Major and Minor Requirements

Statistics Major (B.S.)

The requirements for a major in statistics are 11 units, consisting of eight foundational courses and three electives. Majors must also have a computing component and a senior-year experience which may be counted as electives.

Foundational Courses 
  • STAT 113. Applied Statistics
  • STAT 213. Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT 325. Probability
  • STAT 326. Mathematical Statistics
  • MATH 135. Calculus I
  • MATH 136. Calculus II
  • MATH 205. Multivariate Calculus
  • MATH 217. Linear Algebra
Computing Component
  • STAT 234. Introduction to Data Science
  • CS 140. Introduction to Computer Programming
  • CS 219. Techniques of Computer Science
Electives

Two at the 200-level or above and one at the 300-level or above. MATH 280, MATH 305, and CS 219 may count as electives. At least two of the electives must be from STAT.

Senior Year Experience

Students must fulfill a Senior-Year Experience (SYE) requirement either in statistics as one of the 11.5 units in the major or by completing an SYE outside the major. More information can be found here.

Honors

Honors work in statistics provides the student with an opportunity for more independent and creative work in pure or applied statistics. A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major is required to receive honors in statistics. In addition, each student applying for honors must complete a departmentally approved honors project. This work is completed as a senior year experience project. Interested students should consult the department chair.

If you are planning on majoring in statistics without a major or minor in mathematics, here is a worksheet to help plan your course of study.  If you are planning on including a mathematics major or minor, you should go here

NOTES:
  • Students considering graduate work in statistics are strongly encouraged to take MATH 217, MATH 305, and CS 140 in addition to majoring or minoring in statistics.
  • Students planning to participate in an off-campus program should seek early advice from the department on the best way to plan their major program

Statistics Minor

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.

  • ECON 200. Quantitative Methods in Economics.
  • ENVS 323. Environmental Epidemiology.
  • PSYC 205. Research Methods in Psychology.
  • SOC 301. Quantitative Methods.

If you are planning getting a minor in statistics without a major or minor in mathematics, here is a worksheet to help plan your course of study.  If you are planning on including a mathematics major or minor, you should go here

Advanced Placement

Students who enter St. Lawrence with a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Statistics test will receive credit for STAT 113 and are encouraged to start with STAT 213 or STAT 226.