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Statistics Major

The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Statistics is designed to introduce students to the major aspects of contemporary statistics.

By selecting appropriate electives, students may become well prepared either for positions in industry or for graduate study in statistics and related disciplines. The statistics major can prepare for a career in actuarial science, data science, business analytics, biostatistics, or any of many other areas that use statistics.

Statistics Major Requirements

The following MAT/STAT courses are required of Statistics majors.  Courses with links have syllabi available.  Course descriptions are available in the course catalog.

  • MAT 1000 - Math and Stat Communities (starting with the Class of 2025)
  • MAT 1500 - Calculus I
  • MAT 1505 - Calculus II
  • MAT 2500 - Calculus III
  • MAT 2705 - Diff Equation with Linear Alg or MAT 3100 - Applied Linear Algebra
  • STAT 4310 - Statistical Methods
  • STAT 4315 - Applied Statistical Models
  • STAT 4380 - Data Science
  • STAT 5700 - Mathematical Statistics I
  • STAT 5705 - Mathematical Statistics II
  • STAT 5905 - Seminar in Statistics
  • Nine credits of approved statistics courses numbered 3000 or above.  Certain approved courses from other departments such as CSC may also count.

The following non-MAT/STAT courses are also required:

  • CSC 1051 - Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Two natural science courses with labs at the science-major level.  A partial list of courses that qualify is given below.
  • All core requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • At least 122 credit hours total as required by the University (or at least 40 three-credit courses for those starting before Fall 2019).


Many different natural science courses are acceptable:

Physics courses:

  • PHY 2410 - University Phy: Mechanics with PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics
  • PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag with PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Mag
  • PHY 1100 - General Physics I with PHY 1101 - General Physics I Lab
  • PHY 1102 - General Physics II with PHY 1103 - General Physics II Lab
  • Note:  One cannot count both PHY 2410/2411 and PHY 1100/1101.  

Biology courses:

  • BIO 2105 - General Biology I 
  • BIO 2106 - General Biology II

Chemistry courses:

  • CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I with CHM 1103 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II with CHM 1104 - General Chemistry II Lab 

Environmental Science courses: 

  • GEV 1050 - Environmental Science I
  • GEV 1051 - Environmental Science II
  • Note: Help from GEV may be needed to register.

Astronomy courses:                         

  • AST 2120 or AST 2122 with MSE 2150.
  • AST 2121 with MSE 2151.
  • Note: Help from AST is needed to register for the MSE lab.

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928
Email: math@villanova.edu

Chair:
Dr. Jesse Frey

Staff:
Christine Gadonas 610.519.4809
Maria W. Barrett  610.519.4850  

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