Undergraduate

The field of Statistics offers a variety of exciting career opportunities. Statistics deals with methods for the collection, visualization, modeling, and analysis of data. Massive amounts of data are now routinely collected in business, health, environment, engineering, and social sciences. Statistics is the science that transforms these data into information that is critical for decision making. Statistics has always played a major role in marketing, public policy, social sciences, and health sciences through the design and analysis of surveys. More recently, statistical methods have been an important part of advances in medicine and engineering such as genetics, tomography, speech recognition, computational vision, and so on. Statistics is a vibrant field that is embarking on an even more exciting journey as we move ahead to the data-rich, information era of the 21st century. 

There is no separate application process to declare a major in Statistics or Informatics. You must, however, be admitted to the University of Michigan and to the College of Literature, Science, & the Arts. For information about the admission process, please visit the University of Michigan's Undergraduate Admissions website.

We invite you to join us on this journey and share in the excitement!

Major in Statistics

The major program prepares students for careers in industry and government as well as for graduate programs in statistics and quantitative fields. It emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills in data analysis and empirical research. The Major program includes a core set of courses in applied statistics, statistical theory, and computational statistics.  Elective courses cover specific classes of statistical techniques, or focus on research areas where statistical analysis plays a major role. Statistics majors learn to apply the skills they learn to diverse application areas including medicine, finance, public policy, and information technology. Students can tailor their elective to prepare themselves for appropriate graduate programs.

Prerequisites: MATH 215 and MATH 217; EECS 182 or 183; STATS 250, 280 or 412.  (MATH 417 may not be substituted forMATH 217).

Requirements: Consists of at least 26 credit hours that must include the following:

  • Core STATS Courses — STATS 425 (3 credits), STATS 426 (3 credits), STATS 500 (3 credits)
  • Core Computing Course — STATS 406 (4 credits)
  • Additional STATS Courses — At least one of the following:
    • STATS 415 (4 credits)
    • STATS 430 (3 credits)
    • STATS 470 (4 credits)
    • STATS 480 (4 credits)
  • Capstone Course — STATS 485 (3 credits)
  • Elective Courses — Courses to be selected in prior consultation with department advisor (to bring major total to 26 credit hours).  May include:  
    • STATS 404, 408, 449, 489, any 500+ level STATS courses, and any additional STATS courses listed above
    • 300+ level EECS courses
    • 400+ level MATH courses (exceptions: MATH 417, 420).

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For students who declared a statistics major before September 1, 2011, the major program consists of three prerequisite courses and at least 30 additional credits in statistics, mathematics, and electrical engineering and computer science courses.

Prerequisites: MATH 215 and MATH 217; EECS 182 or 183.  (Math 417 may not be substituted for Math 217).

Requirements: Consists of at least 30 credit hours that must include the following:

  • Core STATS Courses — STATS 250/350 (4 credits), STATS 425 (3credits), STATS 426 (3 credits), STATS 500 (3 credits)
  • Core Computing Course — STATS 406 (4 credits)
  • Additional STATS Courses — At least one of STATS 415 (4 credits), STATS 430 (3 credits), STATS 470 (4 credits), STATS 480 (4 credits)
  • Elective Courses — Courses to be selected in prior consultation with department advisor (to bring major total to 30 credit hours).  May include:  
    • STATS 404, 408, 449, 489, any 500+ level STATS courses, and any additional STATS courses listed above
    • 300+ level EECS courses
    • 400+ level MATH courses (exceptions:  MATH 417, 420).

Click here to see a listing of our undergraduate statistics courses.

Minor in Statistics

The Statistics minor equips you with a general introduction to statistical theory, followed by further training in theoretical or applied statistics through a broad selection of elective classes. Through this minor, you will become able to participate in statistical analysis in the business or engineering world, and you will greatly enhance your preparedness for graduate study in fields involving quantitative analysis. The Statistics minor is an excellent counterpart to any undergraduate concentration at the University of Michigan.

 

For declarations F14 and prior

Prerequisite: MATH 215 or equivalent.

Requirements: At least 15 credits of courses, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  • Core Courses
    • Either STATS 250 OR STATS 412 
    • STATS 425
  • Elective Courses — At least three additional 400-level Statistics courses to bring the credit total to 15, chosen in consultation with and approved by a Statistics Department undergraduate academic advisor. The following courses may not be used as electives for the Statistics Minor: 
    • STATS 400
    • STATS 404
    • STATS 412
    • STATS 489
    • STATS 499

Please also see LSA rules regarding minors.

 

 

For declarations W15 and after

Prerequisites: 

  • MATH 215 or equivalent
  • EECS 183, EECS 285, SI 106, or ENGR 101

 

Requirements: At least 15 credits of courses, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  • Core Courses
    • Either STATS 250 OR STATS 412 
    • STATS 425
  • Elective Courses — At least three additional 400-level Statistics courses to bring the credit total to 15, chosen in consultation with and approved by a Statistics Department undergraduate academic advisor. The following courses may not be used as electives for the Statistics Minor: 
    • STATS 400
    • STATS 404
    • STATS 412
    • STATS 489
    • STATS 499

Please also see LSA rules regarding minors.

Minor in Applied Statistics

The Applied Statistics minor is designed to introduce you to applied statistical methodology. Through this minor, you will develop an appreciation for tools that enable you to be involved in the design and analysis of quantitative studies as part of your future professional career or graduate study in an applied field. The Applied Statistics minor is an excellent counterpart to any undergraduate concentration at the University of Michigan.

For declarations F14 and prior

Prerequisite: MATH 115 or equivalent.

Requirements: At least 15 credits of courses, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  • Core Course — STATS 250/350 and STATS 401.
  • Elective Courses — At least three of the following courses: 
    • STATS 403, 408, 449, 470, 480. 
    • Advanced Statistics courses may be included with prior approval of a Statistics Department undergraduate academic advisor. The following courses may not be used as electives for the Applied Statistics Minor: 
      • STATS 400, 404, 412, 489, 499.

Please also see LSA rules regarding minors.

 

For declarations W15 and after:

Prerequisites: 

  • MATH 115 or equivalent
  • EECS 183, EECS 285, SI 106 or ENGR 101

Requirements: At least 15 credits of courses, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  • Core Course — STATS 250/350 and STATS 401.
  • Elective Courses — At least three of the following courses: 
    • STATS 403, 408, 449, 470, 480. 
    • Advanced Statistics courses may be included with prior approval of a Statistics Department undergraduate academic advisor. The following courses may not be used as electives for the Applied Statistics Minor: 
      • STATS 400, 404, 412, 489, 499.

Please also see LSA rules regarding minors.

Honors Program

Any student who has maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.4 through their sophomore year may apply for admission to the honors program in Statistics by contacting an Honors Advisor. Students in the honors program must complete the regular major program in addition to the requirements listed below.

Requirements: 

  • MATH 451 (3 credits) must be selected as one of the elective courses.
  • A Statistics major GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Elect the Senior Honors Seminar, STATS 499 (2–3 credits), and complete a senior project under the direction of a member of the faculty.  This requirement must be arranged with a Department of Statistics Undergraduate Honors Advisor.

A student who successfully completes the concentration program should be well prepared for graduate work in statistics.

2010 Honor Student Thesis

Matthew Lomont – Detecting Active Pathways

2009 Honor Student Theses

Major in Informatics

The Department of Statistics is also a partner in the new interdisciplinary major in Informatics. Michigan's interdisciplinary approach to teaching Informatics gives you a solid grounding in contemporary computer programming, mathematics, and statistics, combined with study of the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems.

 

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