The Statistics major is a designated capstone major. Undergraduate students work in small groups to solve problems posed by real community-based or campus-based clients. The capstone gives students an opportunity to put into practice concepts and ideas that otherwise might remain theoretical and/or abstract and to synthesize the many topics they have studied. Students should demonstrate ability to restate investigative questions in terms of statistical models or algorithms, find appropriate research literature to support their work, relate theoretical concepts to real-world problems, and clearly communicate their results to nontechnical audiences.
Students planning to pursue advanced degrees in statistics should enroll in the Statistics 100 sequence. Most courses are offered once or twice each year; students interested in either the major or minor in Statistics should meet with the student affairs officer early in their careers.
The Statistics major is designed to provide a general introduction to the practice of statistics for students who intend to pursue study at the graduate level or seek employment in industry or government. Courses are selected to provide sufficient theoretical background for future graduate-level research work, exposure to modern techniques and practices, and experience in fields of application.
It is strongly recommended that students, in conjunction with the B.S. degree, pursue a minor in a substantive discipline that applies statistics. Students must consult with the undergraduate faculty adviser to ensure that the minor selected is one in which statistics is applied.
Incoming freshman and transfer students may be admitted as Statistics premajors on acceptance to UCLA. Premajor students must apply for the major after completing Mathematics 33A, Program in Computing 10A, and one course from Statistics 10 through 14, with grades of C or better, and a grade-point average of 2.5. Any students who meets the premajor requirements may declare the major with the undergraduate adviser in 8117A Math Sciences, (310) 206-3742.
Preparation for the Major
Required: Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, Program in Computing 10A, Statistics 10 and Statistics 20 (italicized requirements are as of Fall 2014; prior to Fall 2014 one course from Statistics 10 through 14 was required instead). Each course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students who repeat any preparation course more than once are automatically denied admission to the major.
Transfer applicants to the Statistics major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission: two years of calculus, one linear algebra course, and one statistics course.
Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide at http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/adm_tr.htm for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.
Required: Statistics 100A, 100B, 100C, 101A, 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, two capstone statistical consulting courses (140SL, 141SL), and two upper division elective courses selected from 130, C151 through 199, Mathematics 131A, 131B, 151A, 151B, 170B, 171, 172A, 172B. Elective courses from outside the department are selected in consultation with the undergraduate faculty adviser.
Only 4 units of course 199 may be applied toward the major. Courses 189 and 189HC may not be applied toward any of the major requirements.
Students planning to continue their study of statistics at the graduate level are strongly advised to include in their schedule as many of the following courses as possible: Mathematics 131A, 131B, 151A, 151B, 170B, 171.
Each major course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
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