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The major in Statistical & Data Sciences was approved by the Faculty on April 27th, 2016. It consists of 10 courses, including depth in both statistics and computer science, an integrating course in data science, a course that emphasizes communication, and an application domain of expertise. All but the application domain course must be graded; the application course can be taken S/U.


Benjamin Baumer, R. Jordan Crouser, Randi Garcia, Katherine Halvorsen, Amelia McNamara


See the Major Diagram for prerequisites, and see the Note on course substitutions following the description of the major.

Note on course substitutions: CSC 111 may be replaced by a 4 or 5 on the AP computer science exam. MTH/SDS 220 or SDS 201 may be replaced by a 4 or 5 on the AP statistics exam. Replacement by AP courses does not diminish the total number of courses required for either the major or the minor. MTH 211 may be replaced by petition in exceptional circumstances. Any one of ECO 220, GOV 203, PSY 201, or SOC 201 may directly substitute for MTH/SDS 220 or SDS 201 without the need to take another course, in both the major and minor. Note that MTH/SDS 220 and ECO 220 require Calculus. Students should be aware that substituting for MTH/SDS 220 or SDS 201 could leave them without R-programming experience, which is needed in subsequent courses, such as SDS 290 & 291. Five-College equivalents may substitute with permission of the program. MTH/SDS 107 and EDC 206 are important courses but do not count for the major or the minor.