Minor in Statistics

The Statistics Program offers a Minor in Statistics which is available to students in any UVM undergraduate major program. Please contact the Director of the Statistics Program, Prof. Richard Single, as soon as you think you may be interested in pursuing the Statistics Minor, so that any questions you have can be answered.

Admissions: You will be asked to complete a background form and will be assigned a Minor Advisor, who will ultimately approve your program completion. You are also invited to take part in the social and professional activities of the Statistics Student Association.

Requirements

  1. Each student will have a minor advisor from the Statistics Program, appointed by the Program Director, in consultation with the student and faculty.
  2. One course in Calculus (3-4 credits), such as MATH 019 or 021 or the equivalent.
  3. Fifteen (15) credits of statistics (STAT) courses selected in consultation with your advisor in order to represent a cohesive package related to your educational and career goals and to your mathematical background.
  4. Three (3) credits of introductory methods are required, as part of the 15 total. STAT 141 (Basic Statistical Methods) or STAT 211 (Statistical Methods I) is recommended. EC 170 (Economic Methods) can also be counted in place of STAT 111 or 141 as an introductory statistics course. Not more than 7 credits of STAT 011, 051, 111, 140, 141, 143, 211 or EC 170 may be counted towards the minor.
  5. Experience in computing through relevant course work is required. STAT 201 (Statistical Analysis via Computers) is recommended (as part of the 15 total in statistics), but this requirement could be met by taking an appropriate CS or MATH course (CS 016 or above, or MATH 052).

Additional Recommendations

  1. Three (3) credits of probability (STAT 151 or STAT 251) are recommended if you have the calculus background.
  2. For students who have taken STAT 151 or 251, a semester course in statistical inference (STAT 241 or STAT 261) is recommended.
  3. The statistics credits may include independent project or practicum work, such as STAT 191 or STAT 281, or even STAT 293-294 (Undergraduate Honors Thesis).
  4. Many statistical methods courses can be applied toward the minor:
    STAT 200: Medical Biostatistics
    STAT 221: Statistical Methods II
    STAT 223: Applied Multivariate Analysis
    STAT 224: Statistics for Quality and Productivity
    STAT 225: Applied Regression Analysis
    STAT 229: Reliability and Survival Analysis
    STAT 231: Experimental Design
    STAT 233: Design of Sample Surveys
    STAT 237: Nonparametric Statistical Methods
    STAT 253: Applied Time Series and Forecasting
Note for Mathematics Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences

It is possible for you to major in Mathematics and minor in Statistics; however you can only double count one 3-credit course in your major and minor (A&S rule). Thus you must earn 12 credits in statistics beyond any statistics courses counted in your major courses.

Note for Mathematics Majors in the College of Engineering and Mathematics

There is currently no provision for double counting of courses in major and minor programs. Thus you would need to earn 15 credits in statistics beyond any statistics courses counted in meeting your major requirements.

Mu Sigma Ro

If you meet certain academic requirements as a statistics minor, you would be eligible for election to Mu Sigma Rho. This is a national honorary society for those interested in statistics, and UVM has a chapter here. During your last year at UVM, if you are interested in receiving this honor, we would verify with you that:

  1. You have taken at least 5 credits of STAT courses at the 200 level.
  2. You have a 3.25 or higher GPA in all STAT courses.
  3. You are in the upper third of your UVM college class in all course work.