Beginning in the fall of 2020, our Probability course was renumbered and our Statistics courses received a new STAT designation and new numbers. The content of each course will remain the same; only the numbers and designations are changing. See a list of the old numbers and designations alongside the corresponding new numbers and designations.

The requirements for the Statistics Major are 74 credits:

 A.  Supporting Courses (30 credits):

  • Mathematics 101 or 111, 120, 210 or 211 Calculus
  • Mathematics 232 Linear Algebra
  • Computer Science 111 Introduction to Computer Science

 B.  Required Core (18 credits): All of the following, of which at least two must be taken at Carleton

  • Statistics 230 (formerly Mathematics 245) Applied Regression Analysis
  • Mathematics 240 (formerly Mathematics 265) Probability
  • Statistics 250 (formerly Mathematics 275) Introduction to Statistical Inference

C. Electives (18 credits): Three electives, of which at least two must be Carleton courses with a Statistics designation

  • Statistics 220 (formerly Mathematics 285) Introduction to Data Science
  • Statistics 260 (formerly Mathematics 255) Introduction to Sampling Techniques
  • Statistics 320 (formerly Mathematics 315) Time Series Analysis
  • Statistics 330 (formerly Mathematics 345) Advanced Statistical Modeling
  • Statistics 340 (formerly Mathematics 315) Bayesian Statistics
  • Mathematics 271 (formerly Mathematics 295 Numerical Analysis) Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Science 314 Data Visualization
  • Computer Science 320 Machine Learning
  • Computer Science 324 Data Mining
  • Computer Science 362 Computational Biology

 D. Statistical Practice (2 credits):

  • Statistics 285 (formerly Mathematics 280) Statistical Consulting 

In addition, each senior major must complete an integrative exercise. Statistics 400 (6 credits), which can be either a group or individual project. Majors must accumulate eight talk credits during their junior and senior year by attending department colloquia and the comps talks of their fellow mathematics or statistics majors. Students who major in both Mathematics and Statistics must accumulate a total of thirteen talk credits. We encourage majors to participate in the numerous activities that take place in the department.

We recommend statistics majors also take courses in a discipline in which statistics can be applied. Students interested in data science should consider taking additional computer science courses.

Students considering graduate school in statistics or biostatistics are strongly encouraged to take Mathematics 236 (Mathematical Structures) and Mathematics 321 (Real Analysis). Consult a statistics faculty member for more information specific to your choice of program.