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. Paul Bernhardt, Statistics Minor Coordinator, in SAC 323 (Phone: 610.519.7343).

To receive a statistics minor certificate, the student must see Dr. Bernhardt in person prior to course registration for his/her final semester. Students may consult Dr. Bernhardt 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 Design of Experiments, Data Science (using R), Bayesian Statistical Data Analysis, and Monte Carlo Methods, all of which were offered as MAT 5920.  A list of MAT courses that can count as statistics electives will be available from Dr. Bernhardt 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


Mathematics Major earning a Statistics Minor

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

Click below for the Statistics Minor Form link. Please return the completed form to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in SAC 305.


Minimum GPA requirement: 2.0 for the eight statistics minor courses