The field of statistics is concerned with ways of understanding variability in measurements. It is the science and art of making informed decisions in the face of uncertainty. Statistical reasoning and methods are fundamental to research in many scientific fields. For example, probabilistic models of learning are used in education and psychology, and time series and regression models guide research in engineering, chemistry, economics, biology, and medicine. The statistics minor serves these students or professionals with interests in experimental design, data analysis, or statistical modeling. Having a strong background in statistics is particularly relevant for students seeking employment in scientific fields and for students planning to pursue a teaching credential or a graduate degree.

required courses

Students must complete one of the following courses as a pre-requisite to the Statistics Minor:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

Complete one of the following courses:

  • STAT 395: Special Topics
  • SBS 366/L: Rsrch Mthd for SBS:Quant Emph
  • ENVS 350: Quantitative Field Methods
  • ENVS 355: Environmental Monitoring
  • MSCI 350: Quantitative Marine Science
  • CHHS 385: Applied Stats/Research Mthds
  • PSY 301/L: Adv/Psychological Statistics
  • other upper-division course with advisor approval (4 credits) that has a substantial statistics content.

learning outcomes

statistics foundations

Students must demonstrate a depth of statistical knowledge and apply their statistical knowledge to both theoretical and applied problems.

advanced statistics applications

Students must demonstrate the ability to apply advanced statistics principles and methods to solve problems from their field of study.

technology and statistical software

Students must be demonstrate the ability to analyze, compare and evaluate the appropriateness of technological tools and their uses in Statistics, and use statistical software to conduct investigations, make conjectures, and solve problems.