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The department offers a minor program in statistics that consists of five upper division level courses focusing on the fundamentals of mathematical statistics and of the most widely used applied statistical methods. The minor is designed to provide students in other disciplines with opportunities for exposure and skill development in advanced statistical methods.

These methods are useful for conducting research in applied subjects, and they are appealing to employees and graduate schools seeking students with quantitative skills. The minor is flexible, so that students from most majors can find a path to the minor that serves their needs.



  • STA 13 Elementary Statistics (4 units)
    • Or STA 32 Gateway to Statistical Data Science (4 units)
    • Or STA 100 Applied Statistics for Biological Sciences (4 units)

20 units

Complete the following courses (16 units)​

  • STA 106 Applied Statistical Methods: Analysis of Variance (4 units)
  • STA 108 Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis (4 units)
  • STA 130A-130B Mathematical Statistics: Brief Course (8 units)
    • Or STA 131A Introduction to Probability Theory and STA 131B Mathematical Statistics (8 units)

Choose one course (4 units)

  • STA 101 Advanced Applied Statistics for the Biological Sciences (4 units)
  • STA 104 Applied Statistical Methods: Nonparametric Statistics (4 units)
  • STA 135 Multivariate Data Analysis (4 units)
  • STA 138 Analysis of Categorical Data (4 units)
  • STA 141A Fundamentals of Statistical Data Science (4 units)
  • STA 141B Data & Web Technologies for Data Analysis (4 units)
  • STA 141C Big Data & High Performance Statistical Computing (4 units)
  • STA 144 Sampling Theory of Surveys (4 units)
  • STA 145 Bayesian Statistical Inference (4 units)
  • STA 160 Practice in Statistical Data Science (4 units)

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisor

Kimberly McMullen
(530) 752-1053