Minor in Statistics
Students who complete the minor in statistics receive serious exposure to probability theory, statistical estimation theory, statistical analysis, and the design of statistical data collection. Students choosing to minor in statistics are required to complete 6 courses.
Minor Requirements (7 units)
- 1 introductory programming course*: STAT 201-0 Introduction to Programming for Data Science, or COMP_SCI 110-0. Students who take COMP_SCI 110-0 are responsible for independently learning topics covered in STAT 201-0 that are not covered in COMP_SCI 110-0 before taking a STAT course for which STAT 201-0 is a prerequisite. STAT 201-0 topics not covered in COMP_SCI 110-0
- 1 introductory statistics course*: STAT 202-0 Introduction to Statistics, STAT 210-0 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences, or STAT 232-0 Applied Statistics
(STAT 202 includes a brief introduction to the statistical programming language R, while STAT 210 instead spends more time covering the basic elements of mathematical probability)
- STAT 320-1 Statistical Methods 1
- STAT 320-2 Statistical Methods 2**
- STAT 320-3 Statistical Methods 3
- STAT 348-0 Applied Multivariate Analysis or STAT 351-0 Design and Analysis of Experiments or STAT 354-0 Applied Time Series Modeling and Forecasting
- STAT 350-0 Regression Analysis or ECON 381-2 Econometrics
*Students with a score of 4 or a 5 on the AP Statistics exam may receive credit for STAT 202-0 and thus do not need to take an introductory course.
**NOTE: If you take a STAT 320-1 equivalent course, please see this pdf for information on the topics that may not be covered in the equivalent course but that you will be required to understand for STAT 320-2. Students who have not taken STAT 320-1 are responsible for independently learning these topics prior to starting STAT 320-2.
Students must also take mathematics courses to prepare themselves for the 300 level statistics courses included in the minor.
Pre/Co-requisites for the 300 level courses in the Statistics Minor
Pre/Co-requisites for the 300 level courses in the Statistics minor:
- MATH 220-1 and MATH 220-2 (or MATH 218-1 & MATH 218-2 & MATH 218-3)
- MATH 230-1 (or MATH 228-1, or MATH 281-1, or MATH 285-2, or MATH 290-2, or MATH 291-2)
- MATH 226-0 and MATH 230-2 or MATH 235-0/STAT 228-0* (or MATH 226-0 & MATH 228-2, or MATH 226-0 & MATH 281-2, or MATH 226-0 & MATH 285-3, or MATH 226-0 & MATH 290-3, or MATH 226-0 & MATH 291-3)
- MATH 240-0 (or MATH 281-3 or MATH 285-1 or MATH 290-1 or MATH 291-1 or GEN_ENG 205-1)
See https://www.math.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/courses/course-equivalences.html for the Math department’s detailed information about placement in calculus and non-calculus courses.
*Statistics majors and minors and Data Science majors should register for STAT 228-0
Please note the Department of Mathematics made changes to their calculus courses that started in the 2019-2020 academic year. You can access a document with the related courses prior to 2019-2020 here.
The Statistics Minor for Students in MMSS
Students who are completing an adjunct major in MMSS will need to complete the following requirements for their Statistics Minor:
- STAT 320-2
- STAT 320-3
- STAT 348-0 or STAT 354-0
- One additional 300-level statistics electives
MATH 226 and STAT 202 are waived, MATH 385 counts in place of STAT 320-1, and the combination of MATH 386-1 and MATH 386-2 counts in place of STAT 350.
Ready to declare your minor in Statistics?
Please see https://statistics.northwestern.edu/undergraduate/stat_major/declaring_stat_major.html directions for scheduling you advising appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Sandy Zabell.
View the current schedule of courses.
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