Statistics Major

Undergraduate Program Director: Prof. Elizabeth Schifano

Are you a Statistics major? Are you looking to become a Statistics major?

Here, you can find answers to most frequently asked questions.

Who is a Statistics major?

  • See the Undergraduate Catalog for a description of the Statistics major.
  • Please note that being a Statistics major means that you must take at least up to multivariable calculus – so quite a few math courses.
  • If you are inclined towards the Mathematical Sciences, then read on ☺.

What can I do with a Statistics major?

How can I declare a major in Statistics?

What is the role of my Statistics advisor in helping me with course selection?

  • Your academic advisor, Alyssa O’Keefe, will serve as your point of contact for questions on academic matters relating to classes, registration, general education requirement (GER) courses, and major/minor courses.
  • Your faculty advisor will serve as your point of contact for questions on academic matters relating to Statistics internships, research, potential graduate school applications, etc. You can view your advisors through Student Admin.
  • At your initial meeting, your academic advisor will go over with you the overall plan of courses to be taken during each semester so that you may graduate on time – following the guideline in the [Academic Year 2021-2022 and Future] Sequences of Statistics Courses or [Academic Year 2020-2021 and Past] Sequences of Statistics Courses. Both you and your advisor will keep a copy of this course plan. It will be extremely useful to refer to this plan each time you contact your advisor about course advising. The advisor might sometimes find it necessary or advisable to revise/adjust the plan to help you track yourself towards graduation.
  • Related Courses: you need to include 4 Related Courses (12 credits) on your Plan of Study. Courses must be 2000-level or above. You may use Math courses including MATH 2110. You may also use other “quantitatively oriented” courses from Biology, Business, Economics, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, etc. The related courses need not all be from a single discipline. A list of pre-approved Related Courses can be found here (updated to Fall 2021). The student must get the advisor’s approval for use of any other courses they seek to use for Related Credits.
  • At the first meeting, your advisor will review your Plan of Study. Your Final Plan of Study should be submitted via Student Admin for your advisor to review the semester prior to your graduation.
  • Each semester until you graduate, you must contact your advisor for advising appointments. Your advisor will then go over your course selections for the major, and lift the advising hold so that you can register for courses. Keep in mind that your  advisor cannot lift the Bursar hold.
  • Your advisors will have access to your academic information in Student Admin in order to help you and will access Degree Progress to make sure you have fulfilled all graduation requirements before approving the submitted Plan of Study prior to your graduation.

What are my responsibilities with respect to enrolling in courses?

As a major, will I be able to easily get into my Statistics courses?

  • The Statistics Department holds a number of seats in reserve for majors  in Statistics. Even so, with the increased demand for statistics courses, you must try and enroll as quickly as possible when your registration period opens.
  • Sometimes, you may not be allowed to register because of a “prerequisite not met” complaint, although you might have transferred that course in perhaps. Immediately write to Alyssa O’Keefe ( and copy the Undergraduate Program Director. If your request is valid and a seat is available, a permission number will usually take care of this problem.

Can I use transfer credits towards my major?

  • Except in special cases to be determined on a case by case basis, you may not transfer in credits towards the upper division major courses. Requests, with supporting material, may be sent to the Undergraduate Program Director for consideration.

Can I do Course Credit by Examination for any Statistics course?

  • The Department of Statistics does not currently allow for Course Credit by Examination.

What are my responsibilities towards graduation as a Statistics major?

  • It is the student’s responsibility to complete all the requirements prior to graduation. You should go into Student Admin and verify through Degree Progress that you have completed all graduation requirements. This includes all general education requirements, requirements for the Statistics Major and A list of pre-approved Related Courses (updated to Fall 2021), and courses for your Minor requirements (if you opt to do a Minor).
  • In order to graduate, your major GPA must be 2.0 or above. If not, you must take courses in the major to bring up your GPA.
  • For graduation, your Final Plan of Study should be submitted via Student Admin for your advisor to review the semester prior to your graduation.

What is Statistics Departmental Assessment?

  • In your final semester, you will be asked to complete a Departmental Assessment. You will receive an email regarding this from the Undergraduate Director – please comply. Questions will be administered and collected by the Statistics office. This is NOT an assessment of the student, but of the department in its teaching effectiveness.

Can I do an Internship in Statistics?

  • Yes, you can do an internship and get credits towards your major via STAT 4190. Field Study Internship can be done either semester, upon availability; credits and hours are by arrangement. Usually, students register for 3 credits, and may also receive payment. Students often do this during the summer before their senior year, provided they have completed the necessary prerequisites.
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Freshman – Sophomore General CLAS requirements. Completion with a grade of “C” or better of (STAT 3025 or STAT 3375) and (STAT 3115 or STAT 3515). This course cannot be repeated for credit.
  • Internship is supervised field work relevant to some area of Probability or Statistics, typically carried out outside the Statistics Department. The internship may be with another academic department, a regional industry, a government agency, a non-profit organization, etc.
  • In order to find a suitable internship, you may seek help from the Statistics Department, or from UConn Career Services, or from the American Statistical Association website
  • Once you secure an internship, you may register for STAT 4190, with a permission number from the faculty coordinator in the Statistics department (the Undergraduate Program Director serves as faculty coordinator for all students registered for STAT 4190). With help from your external supervisor, you must submit a proposal on the project, highlighting the statistical components.
  • Upon completion of the internship, you must submit a detailed report to the faculty coordinator, who will also seek a performance feedback from your external supervisor. Based on these evaluations, you will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) by the faculty coordinator.
  • Note: Credits from STAT 4190 may count towards the 24 major credits; however, your GPA will not be affected.

What is STAT 4389: Undergraduate Research?

  • You may take this course either semester, for three credits; hours are determined by arrangement with a faculty. This course is ONLY OPEN with consent of a faculty member who is willing to mentor you, based on your extremely good academic performance in the regular statistics courses. STAT 4389 may be repeated for credit.
  • This course involves supervised research in probability or statistics with a faculty member from the Statistics Department.
  • Discuss your interest with your faculty advisor, who may seek input from Statistics Department faculty members or the Undergraduate Program Director to help you find a research mentor.
  • A final written report and oral presentation are required. The student will be assigned a final letter grade.
  • It is possible to secure support from the Office of Undergraduate Research as well as to write a peer reviewed article based on outstanding research.

Can I do a regular course as an Independent Study?

  • The Statistics faculty are in general unable to offer a routinely offered course as an independent study. We reserve an Independent Study for a topic that is outside the stream of courses regularly offered in the Statistics department.