Statistics Major

Statistics is the science of modeling, summarizing, and analyzing data, and of using mathematics and computing tools to make predictions and decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statistical ideas are applicable in any area involving quantitative measurement and in almost every area of scholarly pursuit. The major, administered by the Department of Statistics, is designed to provide students with an understanding of the concepts of statistical inference and a familiarity with the methods of applied statistical analysis. A major in statistics will prepare students for a career in business, industry, or government, and for further graduate study in statistics or in a related area.

Requirements

The following courses are required in the Statistics major:

Calculus sequence:

  • MATH 220/MATH 221 -  Calculus I
  • MATH 231 -  Calculus II
  • MATH 241 - Calculus III

Mathematical Statistics sequence:

  • STAT 107 - Data Science Discovery OR STAT 200 - Statistical Analysis OR STAT 212 - Biostatistics
  • STAT 400 - Statistics and Probability I
  • STAT 410 - Statistics and Probability II

Statistical Modeling sequence:

  • MATH 257 - Linear Algebra with Computational Applications OR MATH 415: Applied Linear Algebra
  • STAT 425 - Statistical Modeling I
  • STAT 426 - Statistical Modeling II*

Choose four of the following advanced electives in Statistics:

  • STAT 385 - Statistical Programming Methods
  • STAT 424 - Analysis of Variance
  • STAT 427 - Statistical Consulting
  • STAT 428 - Statistical Computing
  • STAT 429 - Time Series Analysis
  • STAT 430 - Topics in Applied Statistics
  • STAT 431 - Applied Bayesian Analysis
  • STAT 432 - Basics of Statistical Learning
  • STAT 433 - Stochastic Processes
  • STAT 434 - Survival Analysis
  • STAT 440 - Statistical Data Management
  • STAT 443 - Professional Statistics
  • STAT 447 - Data Science Programming Methods
  • STAT 448 - Advanced Data Analysis
  • STAT 480 - Data Science Foundations
  • MATH 444 - Elementary Real Analysis OR MATH 447 - Real Variables

*Students who entered the Statistics major before Fall 2021 may take STAT 420 instead of STAT 426.

Credit hours in major:  42 - 45 credit hours

Students must also complete the College of LAS general education requirements: https://las.illinois.edu/academics/requirements/gened

Students in the College of LAS need a minimum of 120 total credit hours to graduate.

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