Undergraduate Program

Statistics is the science of learning from data. The statistician today is a partner in most scientific and technological endeavors. They design methods for gathering data. They develop mathematical models to analyze, interpret and discover relationships in the data. They use technology for visualizing and exploring data.

At the University of Washington, students interested in statistics have a number of options to choose from:

  • The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Statistics. Students can choose the Data Science option that, in addition, emphasizes computation and data management.

  • In conjunction with the Departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics, the Department of Statistics offers a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences. Please visit https://acms.washington.edu/ for more details.

  • A minor in Statistics.

If you haven't made up your mind on which option may be the right one for you, or if you have other questions, feel free to contact statadvising@uw.edu for advice, encouragement and guidance.

Statistics Major

The Bachelor of Science program in Statistics  provides rigorous training in the theoretical foundations of statistics, statistical modeling and methodology, and applied data analysis.  We also offer a Data Science option which is ideal for students with an interest in developing computational and data management skills.


Major Requirements

Continuity and Honesty Policy

Forms, Petitions


Statistics Minor

A statistics minor is an excellent option for quantitatively inclined students majoring in another (applied) discipline. The set of skills and understanding you gain could position you to be an especially valuable contributor in your chosen application field.

Some general guidelines follow.

  • Students wishing to pursue a STAT minor should wait to declare the minor until they complete coursework related to the minor. Your home department advisor will assist you with the process of declaring the minor.

  • The courses for the STAT minor often have many registration restrictions to prioritize MATH and STAT majors. The substantial increase in STAT majors may make it extremely difficult to complete the minor. Be aware of this potential bottleneck as you develop a course plan.

  • At most 5 credits used to satisfy the STAT minor may be applied to a student’s major. At least 20 credits used to satisfy the STAT minor must be taken at the U.W.

Minor Requirements

General Information

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