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Department of Statistics

Minor in Statistics

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements STATMIN

The minor in statistics provides students the opportunity to pursue formal studies in statistics as a complement of their chosen major. The minor explores fundamental statistical concepts and basic statistical techniques well beyond what is learned in a single introduction to statistics course. Students completing the minor will gain valuable expertise in statistics and a potential advantage when competing for jobs.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours (19 with the Addenda requirement), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) of the following options:
    • Statistical Literacy. One (1) course:
      • STAT-H 100 Statistical Literacy, Honors
      • STAT-S 100 Statistical Literacy
    • Introduction to Statistics. One (1) course:
      • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • STAT-S 211 Statistics for Journalists
      • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
      • STAT-S 301 Applied Statistical Methods for Business
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
      • ANTH-A 306 Anthropological Statistics
      • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
      • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
      • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
      • MATH-E 265 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Data Science
      • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
      • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
  2. Statistical Inference. One (1) course:
    • STAT-S 320 Introduction to Statistics
    • STAT-S 350 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  3. Data Modeling and Inference. One (1) course:
    • STAT-S 352 Data Modeling and Inference
  4. Advanced Electives. One (1) of the following options:
    • Statistics Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • STAT-S 420 Introduction to Statistical Theory
      • STAT-S 431 Applied Linear Models I
      • STAT-S 432 Applied Linear Models II
      • STAT-S 470 Exploratory Data Analysis
    • Statistics Elective + Free Elective. Both of the following:
      1. Statistics Elective. One (1) course:
        • STAT-S 420 Introduction to Statistical Theory
        • STAT-S 431 Applied Linear Models I
        • STAT-S 432 Applied Linear Models II
        • STAT-S 470 Exploratory Data Analysis
      2. Free Elective. One (1) course:
        • ECON-E 371 Introduction to Applied Econometrics
        • ECON-E 392 Seminar in Computational Methods and Econometrics (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
        • ECON-E 471 Econometric Theory and Practice I
        • ECON-E 472 Econometric Theory and Practice II
        • MATH-M 463 Introduction to Probability Theory I
        • MATH-M 464 Introduction to Probability Theory II
        • MATH-S 463 Honors Course in Probability Theory I
        • PSY-P 404 Computer and Statistical Models in Psychology
        • CSCI-B 455 Principles of Machine Learning
  5. Addenda Requirement*. One (1) of the following options:
    • Finite + Brief Survey of Calculus.
      1. Finite Mathematics. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
        • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications
      2. Brief Survey of Calculus. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
        • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I
    • Calculus II. One (1) course:
      • MATH-M 212 Calculus II
      • MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II
  6. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the STAT subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics (STATBS)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.