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Undergraduate Minor


To introduce undergraduates to the theory and practice of statistics; to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the field while providing training in modern techniques and exposure to important case studies.

Hours Required

15 -17

Primary Audiences

The minor is designed to accommodate students from a wide variety of majors, including, but not limited to those from the mathematical sciences.



  1. Inference: STA 296 (3) or STA 321 (3) or STA 525 (3)
  2. Probability: STA 281 or STA 320 (3) or STA 524 (3)
  3. Methods: STA 570 (3)
  4. One Additional STA Course approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (3-4)
  5. Course in Student's Area approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (3-4)

    Total Hours: 15-17

More detailed course descriptions can be found here.

Why Statistics?

A basic understanding of statistical methods and statistical reasoning often allows for insights that would otherwise be impossible. In recognition of this, the following areas have begun to rely heavily on statistics:

  • economics, management, and marketing
  • applied mathematics and operations research
  • life sciences
  • physical sciences and engineering
  • psychology, sociology, and political science

Your employment opportunities within these and other fields can be greatly enhanced by acquiring the practical statistical skills that our minor will provide.

"The world is becoming quantitative. More and more professions, from the everyday to the exotic, depend on data and numerical reasoning." -- David Moore, Professor, Distinguished Teacher, Purdue University

Want More Information?

Dr. Melissa Pittard
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(859) 257-6115