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Statistics Major

The Department of Statistics offers a major leading to a B.S., B.A., M.S., or Ph.D. degree, as well as minors in Statistics for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program is flexible enough to be individually planned around prior experience and in accord with professional goals. The program emphasis is on applied statistics, consulting, and computational methods.

Statistics Minors

Two different tracks within the Statistics minor are offered. A Department of Statistics (Morrill 221 ) adviser for minors must approve the program.

Major Requirements

Major: Statistics

Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
UNIV 189Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
One Course in Upper Level Writing: Select from current general education list3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R):
MATH 165Calculus I4
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list6
Wellness (W): Select from current general education list2
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41

College Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.


 Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in ALL courses used toward the major.

General Education Requirements40
College of Science and Mathematics Requirements6-12
Statistics Major Requirements
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra2
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
STAT 367Probability3
STAT 368Statistics3
STAT 461Applied Regression Models3
STAT 462Introduction to Experimental Design3
STAT 476Actuary Exam Study II1
or STAT 491 Seminar
Electives: Select 15 credits from the following (Can choose only one CSCI course):15
Computer Science II
Simulation Models
Linear Algebra
Applied Survey Sampling
Nonparametric Statistics
Discrete Data Analysis
Probability and Mathematical Statistics I
Probability and Mathematical Statistics II
Introduction to Biostatistics
Statistical SAS Programming
Introduction to the R Language
Time Series
Actuarial Statistical Risk Analysis
Introductory Survival and Risk Analysis I
Introductory Survival & Risk Analysis II
Related Required Courses
Computer Science I
Select one of the following:3
Discrete Mathematics
Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
Minor Requirement: A minor is required in one of the following disciplines: Social Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, Business, Mathematics, or Computer Science.16
Electives: Elective credits to reach 1228-14
Total Credits122

Program Notes

  • Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.

Two tracks are available:

Minor Requirements

Statistics (Standard) Track

Required Credits: 22

Required Courses
MATH 165Calculus I4
MATH 166Calculus II4
STAT 331Regression Analysis2
or STAT 461 Applied Regression Models
STAT 367Probability3
STAT 368Statistics3
STAT 462Introduction to Experimental Design3
STAT Elective 400 Level3
Total Credits22

Minor Requirements

Applied Statistics Track

Required Credits: 17

Required Courses
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2
STAT ElectivesSelect 4 department approved 400-level, 3 credit statistics courses.12
Total Credits17

Minor Requirements and Notes

  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at NDSU.