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Statistics deals with the problem of making inductive inferences in the face of uncertainty. It provides the reasoning and the methods for producing and understanding data. It is learning from data and includes collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting results. Statisticians identify patterns in data to understand them and make decisions in business and industry and in the biological, physical, psychological, and social sciences. Statisticians provide the methodology for making important advances in medical and other scientific research arenas, and work at various tasks such as market research, opinion polling, survey management, data analysis, designing statistical experiments, and teaching statistical techniques and theories.

The Department of Statistics has a reputation for outstanding teaching, research, and consulting services. The undergraduate program offers B.A. and B.S. degrees with options in Statistical Computing and Quantitative Management. Students have unusually free access to the faculty, many of whom have received national and international recognition for their work. The degree programs offer students opportunities to diversify their study to include research areas in a variety of academic disciplines. The Statistical Consulting Collaboratory provides faculty and students a rich environment for collaboration in research and instruction, emphasizing statistical/ quantitative approaches. The faculty serves the academic community in many roles—as editors of major academic publications, as authors of major textbooks and research monographs, and as consultants to business, government, and international organizations.

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  • Change of Major Criteria for Statistics
    To declare a major, student must be in good academic standing (quarter and cumulative GPAs at 2.0 and above), and no grades lower than a C- in any attempted major requirement.  If upper-division courses have been taken, a minimum upper-division GPA of a 2.0 is required.  Must also be able to complete the degree within 216 units.  *AP/IB units or transfer units earned prior to graduating high school are excluded when determining unit range for change of major criteria and 216 unit maximum. 

    Freshman (up to 44.9 units)

    Sophomore (45 - 89.9  units)

    Junior (90 - 134.9 units)

    Senior (135 units & above)

    Completion of the following with a grade of “C-” or better:

    • MATH009A
    • MATH009B

    Completion of the following with a grade of “C-” or better:

    • MATH009A
    • MATH009B
    • MATH009C
    • 4(Four) additional units of college-level Mathematics or Statistics (STAT010 recommended)

    Completion of the following with a grade of “C-” or better:

    •  MATH009A
    • MATH009B
    • MATH009C
    • 12(Twelve) additional units of college-level Mathematics or Statistics (MATH031, STAT010, and STAT107 recommended)

    Completion of...

    • MATH009A
    • MATH009B
    • MATH009C
    • MATH031
    • STAT010 (or equivalent)
    • STAT011 (or equivalent)
    • STAT107
    • STAT157
  • Additional Information about the Statistics Major
  • Course Planning Materials for Statistics
  • Minor in Statistics
    To declare a minor, students must: be in good academic standing (quarter and cumulative GPAs at 2.0 and above); complete 2 upper-division courses required for the minor with a C or better; and be able to complete both your major and minor within the 216 unit maximum.  *AP/IB units or transfer units earned prior to graduating high school are excluded when determining 216 unit maximum.   Minors must be declared no later than 2 quarters prior to a student's expected graduation term.   A minimum of 16 upper-division units must be unique to the minor; additional upper-division units beyond those unique 16 may also be used toward major requirements if applicable.

    Statistics Minor requirements

    The following are the requirements for the minor in Statistics.

    1.  Lower-division requirements (10 units): STAT 010, STAT 011.
    2. Upper-division requirements (24 units):
    • STAT 107
    • STAT 156A or STAT 160A, STAT 156B or STAT 160B
    • Twelve (12) units of upper-division statistics courses excluding STAT 155.
      • Of the specified upper-division units, a minimum of 16 must be unique to the minor and may not be used to satisfy major requirements.
      • No more than 4 units may be in courses numbered 190 through 199.
      • Students with a minor in Statistics should consult with the Statistics major advisor to construct a specific program consistent with their goals.

Statistics Academic Advisors

Professional Advising at CNAS provides individual guidance towards achieving realistic academic goals and making decisions regarding your academic career at UCR.  Professional Academic Advisors can assist you with declaring or changing your major or minor, course repeats, taking courses outside of UCR, taking a leave from UCR, questions about withdrawing or readmitting to UCR.

Javier Ramirez
Statistics Advisor
Advising Caseload: A - Z
Phone: 951-827-2247

Statistics Lead Faculty Advisor

A Lead Faculty Advisor is assigned for each major.  Faculty advisors are available to assist students with guidance regarding graduate or professional school, opportunities to participate in research, independent study, or internships.  Faculty advisors also may provide students with advice and mentoring regarding career goals.

Stat LFA
Dr. Weixin Yao
Statistics Lead Faculty Advisor
Phone: 951-827-6007
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