Mathematics-Statistics Major

Are you mathematically inclined? Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Mathematics-Statistics at UConn, offered jointly by the Department of Statistics and the Department of Mathematics.

Majors explore courses in both fields by taking 40 credits at the 2000 level or above, with at least 12 credits in each department. They also take advantage of research and internship opportunities.

Major Options

Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree is the more flexible of the two degree options. Since it doesn’t require as many science courses, students have the opportunity to double major, minor, study abroad, participate in research, and complete internships with greater ease than with the BS degree.

Bachelor of Science

The BS degree places a greater focus on the quantitative sciences, and is often chosen by students interested in using statistics in a health-related field. The additional science courses are rigorous, so while students pursuing a BS degree can also pursue a double major, a minor, and study abroad opportunities, it requires more intentional planning.

Sequence of Required and Suggested Statistics Courses

The following courses are suggested in sequence for students pursuing a BS or a BA degree in mathematics-statistics. Prerequisites are noted for each course. You can find detailed descriptions of each course, and explore additional statistics courses not listed, in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Suggested Course Sequence

STAT 1000Q Introduction to Statistics or STAT 1100Q Elementary Concepts of Statistics
This course counts toward general education requirements but does not count toward the 40 major credits needed for a mathematics-statistics major.

STAT 2215Q Introduction to Statistics II
Suggested. Prerequisites: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q

STAT 3025Q Statistical Methods
Suggested. Prerequisites: MATH 1132Q

STAT 3115Q Analysis of Experiments
Suggested. Prerequisites: STAT 2215Q or STAT 3025Q or instructor consent

STAT 3515Q Design of Experiments
Suggested. Prerequisites: STAT 2215Q or 3025Q or instructor consent

STAT 3375Q Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
Required. Prerequisites: Students must have received a C+ or higher in MATH 2110Q or 2130Q to enroll. Primarily offered in fall semester with very limited spring semester availability.

STAT 3445 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
Required. Prerequisites: STAT 3375Q. Primarily offered in spring semester with very limited fall semester availability.

STAT 3675Q Statistical Computing
Suggested. Prerequisites: STAT 3025Q or 3375Q. Recommended preparation: An applied statistics course.

STAT 3494W Undergraduate Seminar
Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; STAT 2215Q or 3115Q; STAT 3025Q or 3375Q. It is recommended that students take this in senior year after completing multiple upper-level statistics courses. This is a one credit course that will satisfy the W requirement for the major. However, it does not count toward the 40 required major credits. Mathematics-statistics majors may alternatively complete their W in the major through Mathematics W courses.

Additional Degree Options

Double Majors, Dual Degrees, and Minors

Students can enrich their college experience by adding a double major, a dual degree, and/or a minor.

Current mathematics-statistics majors who wish to add another major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), a major outside of CLAS, or a minor should consult with their academic advisor about which option might work best based on their career goals, interests, and graduation timeline.

Students interested in a major or minor outside of mathematics or statistics should also meet with that department to get a full understanding of the requirements for the major or minor, and the timeline for graduation.

Students interested in adding mathematics-statistics as a double major can meet with the statistics staff advisor or the mathematics staff advisor to discuss the major, requirements, and timeline for graduation.

Honors Program

Highly motivated students seeking a more intensive workload have the option of enrolling in the UConn Honors Program, which involves completing challenging coursework and an honors thesis. Learn more about the program.

Academic Advising

Mathematics-statistics majors are assigned an advisor from both the Department of Statistics and the Department of Mathematics. Your statistics advisor will serve as your point of contact for academic questions relating to statistics courses, internships, research, potential graduate school applications, and more. Learn more about the role of advising in the Department of Statistics.

Ready to Declare Your Major?

Students can declare a major in mathematics-statistics or change their major to mathematics-statistics using the Online Program Change site.

To do so, log in, select New Major Change, follow the prompts, and select the following: mathematics-statistics, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences. If you have a double major or minor, please add that in the notes section.

Declare Your Major

Contact Us

For questions about the mathematics-statistics major pertaining to statistics, please contact the undergraduate program director in statistics:

Elizabeth Schifano

Associate Professor of Statistics