Major in Statistics
Note: We will likely admit students to the major in stages, with the first group of admissions targeted for two weeks after the application deadline. The typical newly admitted statistics major will primarily be fulfilling their mathematics requirements during their first year. Thus, read the next section very carefully.
DECLARING THE MAJOR: The demand for MATH 300, MATH 327 and STAT 340 (taken in this order) is large enough that you may have to be an officially declared Statistics major even to enroll in MATH 300. Priority for enrollment in Math 300 is very tight, and priority is given to declared majors in various Mathematical Sciences. Thus, you must be diligent as you seek to enroll in Math 300 and then MATH 327 before you can enroll in STAT 340 in a timely fashion. The part of the suggested program that shows CSE 142 and MATH 307 in the Freshman year deals with the issue of becoming a Statistics major as soon as possible in order to secure a timely enrollment in MATH 300, and it could be essential in order to complete a Statistics major in 4 years. (If you are able to enroll in MATH 300 in the Spring quarter of your Freshman year, that would give you the greatest flexibility.)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Suggested First-and-Second-Year College Courses : CSE 142, MATH 307, MATH 308, STAT 302 (recommended) or CSE 143, and STAT 311. Additional courses in the sciences and quantitative methods add strength to this major.
ADMISSION CRITERIA
Statistics is a competitive major. Completion of the minimum admission criteria described below does not guarantee admission. Each application will be evaluated by the members of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee.
MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126 (or MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 136).
One of the following: STAT 311 (highly recommended), STAT 390, or an approved substitute.
At least two additional courses from CSE 142; either STAT 302 (recommended) or CSE 143; MATH 307; and MATH 308.
Factors in the admission decision include, but are not limited to: academic performance as measured by GPA in courses listed above, additional advanced quantitative/science courses taken by student, frequency of incompletes or withdrawals, number of repeated courses, relevant work and life experience, and record of honors.
Admission is competitive. Successful applicants typically have a cumulative GPA higher than 3.0 in courses listed above with no individual course grade lower than 2.5
How to Apply
Applications are accepted once a year. The deadline for application is the end of the day (5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time) on the first Friday of September. Students wishing to declare a statistics major must apply via the Online Application. The online application is typically available for student applications two weeks before the deadline.
If you take Summer quarter classes, you must wait to apply until after your Summer quarter grades are included on your transcript. (This wait will not delay the consideration of your application.)
To apply, please click here for the application .
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum 70 credits, as follows:
Mathematics (30 Credits): either MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, MATH 307, MATH 308, MATH 300, MATH 327, MATH 328, or else the honors sequence MATH 134, MATH 135, MATH 1365, MATH 334, MATH 335, and MATH 336.
Computing (7-9 Credits): CSE 142; either STAT 302 (recommended, but not always available), CSE 1435, or an approved substitute.
Statistics (24-27 Credits): STAT 311 (highly recommend), or STAT 390 (STAT 220 or STAT 221 is seldom allowed as a substitute). Ether STAT 340 (highly recommend) or both STAT/MATH 394 and STAT/MATH 395. (Note that both STAT 394/MATH 394 and STAT 395/MATH 395 are required to replace STAT 340 as a prerequisite for STAT 341.)
STAT 341, STAT 342, STAT 421, STAT 423.
Note that STAT 342 is required for enrollment in STAT 421 or STAT 423. Thus STAT 390 is not sufficient for a Statistics major to register for STAT 421 or STAT 423. (Such students will no longer be able to register, and any that might slip through the cracks will no longer receive credit toward the major.)
Electives (at least 3 courses with at least 9 Credits): All elective choices require prior approval by a Statistics Undergraduate Advisor. (Please read all comments below pertaining to Electives.)
Minimum grade of 2.0 in all courses used to satisfy major requirements.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 for all courses used to satisfy major requirements.
RECOMMENDATIONS
Other Major Options: double majors are a possibility
ACMS option in Statistics: The Statistics pathway within the Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences program is also a recommended alternative BS degree. (Statistics majors could consider this option as an alternative.)
Mathematics:The Handbook for Undergraduates on the Department of Mathematics website lists several sample programs for the B.S. in Mathematics, with emphasis on different substantive areas. Statistics majors may find these helpful when delineating their own plans.
For students intending graduate studies: It is strongly recommended that you take as many additional upper level mathematics as possible. Math 309 is always a good choice, but it is not suitable as an elective. MATH 424, 425, 426 may be an appropriate choice for students planning graduate study, but could also be a very poor choice. Thus, it is required to talk with one of the Undergraduate Advisers prior to choosing your electives.
Recommended Scheduling: Complete all required Mathematics courses plus STAT 311 and STAT 302 by the end of sophomore year. Complete STAT 340-341-342 in junior year and STAT 421 and 423 in senior year. Three Elective courses are also required--they require prior approval.
Additional Scheduling Notes: The choices of Electives vary considerably from year to year. The only STAT course recommended for the major that is offered in summer is STAT 311. STAT 340, 341, 342, 421, 423 and electives are typically offered only once per year (see schedule below). Students considering seeking summer internships (these are seldom available) between the Junior and Senior years should certainly take STAT 302 during their sophomore year. Most of the electives offered by the Department of Statistics itself are offered only during the Spring quarter. Thus, it is typical for students to graduate at the end of Spring quarter and it is difficult to do otherwise. Typically, at least two electives are taken in the Spring quarter of the final year. (STAT/Math 394 and STAT/Math 395 are also offered in Summer Quarters.)
Electives: A separate departmental handout offers some discussion of possible Electives.
SAMPLE PROGRAM
Autumn
Winter
Spring
Summer
Freshman
MATH124^{1}
CSE142^{3}
MATH125
STAT311^{2}
MATH126
MATH307^{3}
Comment: Apply for STAT BS by the 1st Friday of September. (But, Autumn Math classes are already full; eg. MATH300, MATH327, MATH328.), as registration for Autumn courses typically begins in early May.
Sophomore
MATH308^{3}
MATH300^{4}
STAT302^{5}
MATH327^{4} (or MATH300 alternative)
(or, MATH327 alternative)
(or, MATH300 alternative)
Junior
STAT340^{6,7}
or both of 394-395^{6} (or, MATH328^{4} here)
STAT341^{6,7}
STAT342 (Possible elective slot)
Senior
STAT421^{8}
STAT423
Remaining Electives^{9}
Notes:
Students entering with AP credit for M124 or M124-M125 can likely take M308 prior to applying for admission.
STAT 220, STAT 221, or STAT 301 is rarely allowed as a suitable substitute. STAT 311 is a better choice than STAT 390.
Enrollment in CSE 142, Math 307, and Math 308 is possible for a student working to be admitted to the Statistics major. (Additional significantly mathematical courses could also be of value in applying for admission to the Statistics major. No suggestions will be offered.)
Capacity does not meet demand for Math 300, Math 327, and Math 328—and may not meet demand for STAT 340, STAT 341, STAT 342, STAT 421 and STAT 423.
The quarter when STAT 302 is offered could vary from year to year, and it will not always be offered. If not, use CSE 143.
STAT 311 and a minimum grade of 2.5 in Math 327 is required to enroll in either STAT 340 or STAT 341.
The combination of both STAT/ MATH 394 and 395 may be used to replace STAT 340 as a prerequisite to STAT 341. If so, STAT 311 and a minimum grade of 2.5 in Math 327 is also required prior to either STAT 340 or STAT 341.
All Statistics majors MUST complete STAT 342 prior to enrolling in STAT 421 and 423. (STAT 390 is NOT sufficient for a Statistics major to enroll in either STAT 421 or STAT 423.
Both STAT/MATH 395 and STAT/MATH 396 will typically be approved as electives if both are completed. (STAT/MATH 395 alone will never be approved as an elective.) STAT/MATH 396 requires either STAT/MATH 395; OR STAT 340 and STAT 341 as a prerequisite. STAT/MATH 491 requires either STAT/MATH 395; OR STAT/MATH 396 as a prerequisite. Thus, only those particularly interested in “probability” should substitute STAT 340 with STAT/MATH 394/395. So should Math majors and Math/Stat double majors.
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For Statistics major admission and graduation assistance, see Undergraduate Academic Counselor B313A Padelford. The Statistics Undergraduate Adviser is Prof. Ranjini Grove, B-215 Padelford.
Minor in Statistics
"For Today’s Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics" is the title of the Aug 6, 2009, New York Times article. It describes the value, importance, applications, and multitude of job opportunities for people with statistics background and skills.
A minor in Statistics enhances a degree in any substantive field of application of statistics. The set of skills and understandings you gain could position you to be an especially valuable contributor in your chosen application field.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS : Minimum of 26 credits as follows. (The following order is suggested)
MATH 126_{5} or MATH 136_{5} (Calculus with Analytic Geometry III)
STAT/MATH 394_{3} and STAT/MATH 395_{3} (Probability I and Probability ll)
STAT/MATH 390_{4} (Probability and Statistics in Engineering and Science)
STAT 302_{3} (Statistical Software and Its Applications)
Either STAT/BIOST 425_{3} (Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics)
or STAT/MATH 396_{3} (Probability III)
Minimum of 5 credits of approved Electives; typically from the list below.
Minimum grade of 2.0 in each course used to satisfy the minor requirements.
**At most 5 credits used to satisfy the Statistics minor may be applied to a student’s major. At least 20 of the credits used to satisfy the Statistics minor must be taken at the UW.
Approved list for DARS
CSE 142_{4} (Computer Programming I)
CSE 143_{5} (Computer Programming II)
MATH 308_{3} (Matric Algebra with Applications)
Examples of Electives that could be approved by the adviser
ECON 482_{5} -483_{5} for an Econ, Business, or Finance Major.
ECON 485_{5} for an Econ, Business, or Finance Major.
MATH 464_{3} (for someone interested in Actuarial Sciences).
AMATH 352_{3} -353_{3} (Applied Linear Algebra-Fourier), but only if both.
BIOST 514_{4} -515_{4} for a Biological Sciences Major, but only if both.
MATH 407_{3} , 408_{3} , 409_{3} and some other MATH 4xx choices could well be suitable.
ADVISING
Undergraduate Academic Counselor: Mee Ling Hon, B-313A Padelford Hall, mhon@stat.washington.edu
Be Aware: Recently, there has been a substantial increase in the number of majors, and they have priority in the registration for some of the courses listed above. This could make it quite difficult to complete this minor.
(Revised 05/15/14)
The University of Washington, as a standing policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. This policy applies to all University programs and facilities including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Such discrimination is prohibited by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Age discrimination in Employment Act Amendments of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, other federal and state statutes and regulations, and university policy. Inquiries regarding the application of these laws and regulations to the University may be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Officer; to the director; Seattle Regional Office, Office for Civil Rights, US. Department of Education; or to the director, Seattle Area Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor.
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Electives
Consider this sheet as a source of ideas. A listing here does not guarantee acceptance)
ALL of these courses MUST have the prior approval of Mee Ling Hon, Undergraduate Academic Counselor (Padelford B313A).
STAT ELECTIVES:
Statistics (Intended for Undergraduate Statistics Majors and grad students in other departments)
Stat 564_{4} Bayesian Statistics for Social Sciences (always approved)
Stat 529_{3} Sample Survey Techniques (always approved. Students must check with the instructor prior to enrolling to make sure that the current offering is appropriate for undergraduates.)
Statistics (not offered on a regular basis)
Stat 403_{4} Introduction to Resampling Inference (always approved)
Stat 425_{3} Introduction to Nonparametric Statistics (always approved)
Stat 427_{4} Introduction to Analysis of Categorical Data (always approved)
Stat 428_{4} Multivariate Analysis for the Social Sciences (always approved)
Stat 435_{4} Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (always approved)
Stat 498 Special Topics (sometimes approved; sometimes not)
Biostatistics (Occasionally accepted)
Stat 524_{3} Design of Medical Studies (student must ask the instructor prior to enrolling)
Quantitative Sciences (Occasionally accepted)
Stat 480_{3} Sampling theory for Biologists (student must ask the instructor prior to enrolling)
Probability
Stat/Math 396_{3} Probability III (Always approved but inappropriate for many/most. This course has a substantially higher degree of difficulty than STAT/MATH 395).
Stat/Math 395_{3} Probability II (If Stat 340-341-342 and Stat/Math 396 are completed, then Stat/Math 395 and Stat/Math 396 will both be approved as Electives. If Stat/Math 396 is not completed, then Stat/Math 395 will NEVER be accepted. [Note, we want Stat majors to take Stat 340-341-342. However, Stat majors particularly interested in probability must take Stat/Math 394-395 to enroll in either Stat/Math 396 or Stat/Math 491. Thus, we do allow Stat/Math 394-395 and Stat 341-342 to replace Stat 340-341-342]
Stat/Math 491_{3} Intro to Stochastic Processes (always approved. This course has a heavy workload and substantially higher degree of difficulty than STAT/MATH 395.)
Stat/Math 492_{3} Stochastic Calculus for Option Pricing (always approved. Only students interested in “financial mathematics” should consider this.)
Math and AMath (Courses that may be approved, if part of a coherent plan)
Math 464_{3} Numerical analysis (acceptable for actuaries)
AMath 483_{5} High Performance Scientific Computing
Math 407_{3} -408_{3} -409_{3} Optimization
Math 424_{3} -425_{3} -426_{3} Analysis (This is only accepted for some students aiming at graduate degrees. It is often a bad idea even for these students)
Math 427_{3} -428_{3} Complex Analysis (This is only occasionally accepted)
Computer Sciences (Courses that may occasionally be accepted, if part of a coherent plan)
CSE 326_{4} Data Structures (CSE 143 and CSE 321 prereq)
CSE 331_{4} Software Design and Implementation (CSE 143 prereq)
CSE 344_{4} Introduction to Data Management (CSE 311 or 321 prereq)
CSE 373_{4} Data Structures and Algorithms (CSE 143 prereq) {Cannot count both CSE 326 and CSE 373}
CSE 415_{3} Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (CSE 373 prereq)
Other Options
Geog 426_{5} Advanced Quantitative Methods (occasionally approved. It involves things like analysis of census data.)
Actuaries or Stat/Econ Double Majors
Math 464_{3} Numerical Analysis I
Econ 422_{5} Investment, Capital, Finance (with Econ 200 and 201)
Econ 424_{5} Computational Finance and Financial Economics
AMath 483_{5} (CSE 142 or AMath 301 prereq)
Math 407_{3} -408_{3} -409_{3} is acceptable (but not high priority)
Never Acceptable as Electives: Stat/CSSS /509/Econ 580, Econ 481, Econ 482, 483, Math 309.
Continuation
Continuation Policy for the Bachelor of Science degree program in the Department of Statistics
This document clarifies what constitutes satisfactory progress towards the degree for undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science degree program within the Department of Statistics. While the University has regulations governing scholastic eligibility for continuance,^{[1]} The Department of Statistics seeks additional requirements in order to make the best use of the limited facilities and resources available and to provide reasonable assurance for academic success. The following will apply to all students in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Statistics.General Expectations of Satisfactory Progress :
Students are expected to make satisfactory progress towards the attainment of the degree . Under normal circumstances, a Statistics major attending full-time would be considered making satisfactory progress if he/she completes all major prerequisites by the end of the Sophomore year (within 90 cumulative units) and completes the major requirements (core courses, major electives, and capstone) during Junior and Senior years. Lack of academic progress may be evidenced by low scholarship as well as excessive course repeats, course drops, or University withdrawals and cancellations.
Students must maintain a minimum quarterly cumulative GPA of 2.5 in major requirements, with a minimum grade of 2.0 or above in each Statistics class used to satisfy major requirements (eg., core courses, major electives, and capstone). Courses used to satisfy major requirements cannot be taken on a satisfactory/non-satisfactory basis.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and thereby avoid appearing on the University’s Low Scholarship list .^{[2]}
Conditions Warranting a Change in a Student's Standing :
The Statistics Department will review the performance of undergraduate students after each quarter. If a student fails to meet the general expectations of satisfactory progress outlined above in any quarter in the program, the following actions will be invoked.
Students will be notified of probation or dismissal from the major as soon as practicable after review of the previous quarter’s grade reports. Failure to meet one or more of the general expectations of satisfactory progress may also result in the following actions.Probation for the Major
If at the end of any quarter, the student fails to meet the general expectations of satisfactory progress, the student will be placed on probation. Once on probation, the student must achieve a quarterly GPA higher than 2.50 in the following quarter. If any single grade for a course required for the major is below 2.0, the student is required to meet with an adviser to discuss any difficulties impacting the student’s academic performance and to resolve problems and develop an individualized educational plan to avoid dismissal from the major.Dismissal from the Major
The students cannot be on probation for two consecutive quarters and will be dismissed from the Statistics major if, while on probation, the student fails to meet the minimum quarterly cumulative GPA of 2.5 the following quarter, fails to achieve a minimum grade of a 2.5 in any repeated course required for the major (if the course was an elective, a minimum grade of 2.5 in alternative elective is acceptable), or fails to meet one or more of the general expectations of satisfactory progress. The student will be notified in writing of the change in major status, and will be re-coded as a pre-major or extended pre-major. Appeal Procedures
A student who has been placed on probation or has been dismissed from the major and believes that some facts in the student's documentation have been overlooked or misinterpreted may request reconsideration of the probation or dismissal from the major by writing a letter to the department. Included in the letter should be any additional information in support of the student or any other information that the student believes is relevant. In general, appeals to alter the student's status without evidence of new or additional information will not be considered. The appeal must be made within 30 days of the notification of placement on probation or dismissal from the major and will receive a response from the Statistics department within 30 days from the response of the student’s appeal.
Footnotes
1. Available on the web are the University's Satisfactory Progress and Low Scholarship policies.
2. Item 6 comes from the University policy on Low Scholarship.
Comment on the Interpretation of the Continuing Policy
General expectation includes improving any grade less than 2.0 in a required Statistics course to a grade of at least 2.5. A failure to do so on the second attempt is thus grounds for dismissal for required Statistics courses that are only offered once a year.