Recommendations for Freshmen

Statistics Courses:

STA 111 Elementary Probability and Statistics (4 cr):

  • A first course with introductions to probability, random events, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Emphasis is on how to draw inferences from data.
  • Students will analyze data from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Open to all students.
  • Recommended for students seeking a statistics course for Divisional credit.

STA 112 Introduction to Regression and Data Science (3 cr):

  • A second course in statistical model building, regression, and data science
  • Project-based with a wide range of data sets
  • Students develop experience with coding and data visualization
  • Open to those with credit for STA 111, or those with a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam
  • Recommended for students seeking a statistics course for divisional credit

AP Credit in Statistics:

  • Students with a 5 on the AP Statistics exam may apply to receive credit for STA 111
  • Students with a 4 on the AP Statistics exam who also take STA 112 (and receive at least a C) may apply for STA 111 credit.

Mathematics Courses:

Students interested in majoring or minoring within the Department of Statistical Sciences are strongly encouraged to take courses from the Department of Mathematics to prepare for advanced coursework in statistics.  Recommended courses are:  

MTH 111, 112, 113, Calculus:

  • A standard calculus sequence.  Each course is 4 credit hours.
  • MTH 112 is required for B.S. Applied Statistics majors.
  • MTH 113 is also required for B.S. Statistics and B.S. Mathematical Business majors.
  • Contact the Department of Mathematics regarding AP credit and placement.

MTH 117 Discrete Mathematics:

  • Introduction to mathematical proofs 
  • Covers logic, sets, relations, combinatorics, and mathematical writing
  • MTH 117 is required for B.S. Statistics and B.S. Applied Statistics majors.
  • Open to all students

MTH 121 Linear Algebra:

  • Vectors and vector spaces, linear transformations and matrices, determinants, eigenvalues, and eigenvectors
  • Many Statistics minors complete MTH 121.
  • Open to all, but recommended for students with mathematical maturity, e.g. at least MST 112 credit