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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.
Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate: 122

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A dynamic list of approved general education courses offered by term is available on the NDSU General Education Requirements website.
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, if applicable.
First Year Experience (F)1
Skills For Academic Success (Also offered with the following prefixes: ABEN, AGRI, BUSN, HD&E, ME, NURS, PHRM)
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits40

College Requirements

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. *12
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences *6

Major Requirements

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

Statistics Major Requirements
CSCI 160Computer Science I4
CSCI 222Discrete Mathematics3
or MATH 270 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics
MATH 129Basic Linear Algebra3
MATH 165Calculus I (May satisfy general education category R)4
MATH 166Calculus II4
MATH 265Calculus III4
STAT 367Probability3
STAT 368Statistics3
STAT 461Applied Regression Models3
STAT 462Introduction to Experimental Design (Capstone)3
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
Minor Requirement16
A minor is required in one of the following disciplines: Social Science, Physical Science, Biological Science, Business, Mathematics, or Computer Science.
Total Credits65

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.