Statistics Minor

Students who plan to get a minor in statistics should declare their intention as early as possible by filing a Statistics Minor Form (see below for link). The form can be filed either in the department office (SAC 305) or with Dr. Yimin Zhang, Statistics Minor Coordinator, in SAC 325 (Phone: 610.519.4704).

To receive a statistics minor certificate, the student must see Dr. Zhang in person prior to course registration for his/her final semester. Students may consult Dr. Zhang at any time for information and advice. If all requirements for the minor are satisfied, then the certificate will be issued about two weeks after graduation. The minor will also appear on the student's transcript.


Requirements for the Statistics Minor

  • The calculus sequence: MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500
  • Three required statistics courses: MAT 4310, MAT 4315, MAT 5700
  • Two elective statistics courses: Possible electives include MAT 5705, which is offered every springapproved upper-level undergraduate MAT courses with substantial statistics content, and approved offerings from the graduate program in Applied Statistics. Recently offered undergraduate electives that would count for the minor include MAT 4380 Data Science, MAT 4210 Bayesian Statistical Data Analysis, MAT 4600 Deterministic Operations Research, and special topics offered as MAT 5910 , such as Design Experiments, Monte Carlo Methods, Biostatistics and Data Mining. A list of MAT courses that can count as statistics electives will be available from Dr. Zhang prior to each semester's registration period.

A student who is not a mathematics major may petition to have an upper division course from his/her major count as one of the two statistics electives. The course must have substantial statistical content and must not substantially overlap with any of the other courses that the student is counting towards the minor.   

Examples of acceptable substitutions include:

  •  BIO 3105 Biostatistics & Exp Design
  •  ECO 3137 Intro to Econometrics

For those students who pursue both the mathematics minor and the statistics minor, exactly four courses (no more) may be counted towards both minors simultaneously: MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500 and MAT 4310.  No other courses count towards both.  Thus, obtaining the statistics minor requires taking four additional courses beyond those required for the mathematics minor.

Mathematics Major earning a Statistics Minor

Mathematics majors may earn a minor in statistics. The four courses MAT 1500, MAT 1505, MAT 2500, and either MAT 4310 or MAT 5700 may count towards both the mathematics major and the statistics minor, but no other courses count towards both. Thus, earning a minor in statistics requires taking four additional courses beyond those required for the mathematics major.  

Refer to the links below for the Departmental and OUS Statistics Minor forms. Please return both completed forms to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in SAC 305.

* Statistics minor form revised 6-26-2019.pdf
Departmental Statistics Minor Form Revised 6-26-2019


Minimum GPA requirement: 2.0 for the eight statistics minor courses