Statistics Transfer Information for Undergraduates


The Bachelor of Science in Statistics requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 14 or 15 courses for the major, depending on the emphasis track chosen..  Students complete 10 core courses that provide essential instruction in statistical methods, applications, and theory. In addition, they concentrate on their particular interest areas by choosing one of the following three emphasis tracks, in which they complete at least four or five courses.

  • The Statistics in Business, Industry, Government, and Research track emphasizes statistical applications and data analysis. It is appropriate for students interested in careers as applied statisticians.
  • The Statistical Computing track emphasizes statistical applications and requires additional coursework in computing. It prepares students for statistical work that requires computing expertise for data management, analysis, and reporting.
  • The Mathematical Statistics track provides a solid foundation in statistical theory and applications. It requires additional coursework in mathematics and is good preparation for graduate study in statistics.

Students should also:

  • Complete the fourth level of a single world language as needed for Iowa's General Education Program.
  • Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program
  • Meet Admission Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • The following Courses can be taken prior to enrolling at the University of Iowa:
    • CS:1100 (22C:016) Computer Science I: Fundamentals (4 s.h.)
    • MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I (4 s.h.*)
    • MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II (4 s.h.*)
    • MATH:2700 (22M:027) Introduction to Linear Algebra (4 s.h.)
    • MATH:2850 (22M:028) Calculus III (4 s.h.)

* Equivalent transfer courses for Cal I and II taken with 4 s.h. are acceptable for the program.

The major in statistics requires the following coursework:

Core Courses

All students complete the following.

  • CS:1100 (22C:016) Computer Science I: Fundamentals (4 s.h.)
  • MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I (5 s.h.)
  • MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II (5 s.h.)
  • MATH:2700 (22M:027) Introduction to Linear Algebra (4 s.h.)
  • MATH:2850 (22M:028) Calculus III (4 s.h.)
  • STAT:2010 (22S:030) Statistical Methods and Computing (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3100 (22S:130) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3101 (22S:131) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3200 (22S:152) Applied Linear Regression (3 s.h.)
  • STAT:3210 (22S:158) Experimental Design and Analysis (3 s.h.)

The department recommends that well-prepared students who elect the Mathematical Statistics track take STAT:4100-4101 (22S:153-154) Mathematical Statistics I-II in place of STAT:3100-3101 (22S:130-131) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I-II to satisfy these core requirements in statistics. 

Emphasis Tracks

Students choose one of the following tracks which coincides with completing four or five courses beyond the core.


Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements undergraduate students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the university's Four-Year Graduation Plan. (Courses in the major are those required to complete the major; they may be offered by departments other than the major department.)

Much of the work in the discipline is sequential, so students must begin requirements for the major as soon as possible. Individual study plans must be made carefully. Students who first enroll in a spring semester must consult the department to confirm a four-year plan.

  • Before the third semester begins: at least one-fourth of the semester hours required for graduation.
  • Before the fifth semester begins: at least four courses in the major, including MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I, MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II, and STAT:2010 (22S:030) Statistical Methods and Computing, and at least one-half of the semester hours required for graduation. Before the seventh semester begins: seven or eight courses in the major and at least three-quarters of the semester hours required for graduation.

Contact us for More Information

Professor R.P. Russo is the undergraduate advisor for declared statistics students admitted to our program.

If you are interested in learning more about our program and would like to schedule a visit to meet with us please feel free to contact us directly or contact Admissions Department Visits.