Course Planning

Areas of Focus

Through course planning a student could potentially focus on one of three key areas within the statistics concentration.

Courses from multiple other disciplines - such as economics, psychology, biology, political science, and policy studies - are appropriate for students interested in the application of statistics in other disciplines. These courses emphasize study design, data processing, data analysis, and communication.

One possible path:

  • Introductory course.
    • STA 209
  • Secondary courses.
    • STA 309
    • One of the following: ANT/SOC 291, BIO 252, ECN 286 or PSY 225.
  • Cornerstone course.
    • STA 310
  • Incorporation of data-based project in disciplinary course.
    • One of the following: BIO 368, BIO 373, ECN 395, PSY 337, PST 320, POL 310, or POL 356.  
    • MAT 499 or a MAP with another faculty member having significant statistical content and approved by the statistics concentration committee.
  • Highly recommended in addition to the above courses.
    • CSC 161, CSC 261, MAT 215, STA/MAT 335, and STA/MAT 336.

Several mathematics courses are appropriate for students interested in statistical methodology and its theoretical background. These courses would adequately prepare a student for most graduate programs in statistics.

One possible path:

  • Introductory courses.
    • STA 209
    • CSC 161
  • An applied course.
    • ANT/SOC 291, BIO 252, ECN 286 or PSY 225
  • Cornerstone course.
    • STA 310
  • Theoretical course.
    • STA/MAT 335  
    • STA/MAT 336 or MAT 316
  • Highly recommended in addition to the above courses.
    • CSC 261, ECN 395, and MAT 395

This route includes programming skills. 

One possible path:

  • Introductory course.
    • STA 209
  • Secondary courses.
    • CSC 261 or CSC 207
    • One of the following: ANT/SOC 291, BIO 252, ECN 286, PSY 225.
  • Cornerstone course.
    • STA 310
  • Theoretical course.
    • Two of the following: CSC 301, STA/MAT 335, MAT 395, MAT 499
  • Highly recommended in addition to the above courses.
    • MAT 215 and STA/MAT 336

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