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Statistics

The Department of Statistics offers programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Statistics.

Before registering for each of the second, third, and fourth years, every student who intends to commence or continue any of the programs listed below should consult an advisor in the Department.

The Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory, operated by the Department of Statistics, is intended to provide statistical advice to the University's faculty and, with the approval of their supervisors, to graduate students working on research problems. In providing this service to the University, the Department hopes to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in research projects involving statistics. The Statistical Consulting and Research Laboratory also acts as a statistical research support unit and provides students in Statistics with opportunities for actively learning to apply statistics.

Major Programs

Major (0562): Statistics (STAT)

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)2 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 184)3 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)4 3
Electives5 14
Total Credits 30
Second Year
CPSC 210 or MATH 2106 4
MATH 200, 220, 221 9
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
Electives5 11
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
In third year: STAT 305, 306 and MATH 307 9
In fourth year: STAT 404 3
MATH 303 3
Statistics courses numbered 300 or above 6
Statistics courses numbered 400 or above 6
Mathematics courses numbered 300 or above 3
Thematic concentration courses numbered 300 or above7 9
Electives5 21
Total Credits 60
Total Credits for Degree 120
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 A 6-credit combination of two courses may substitute for a 4-credit course to satisfy the specified requirement by decreasing the electives in any year by 2 credits.
3 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and elective credits reduced by 1. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 3.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.
5 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upper-level Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
6 Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking MATH 210 require an additional credit toward elective requirements.
7 More information about the thematic concentration, including some examples of course choices, can be found at Statistics (www.stat.ubc.ca).

Major in Mathematical Sciences

See Mathematics.

B.Sc. Combined Major in Statistics and Economics

Admission to the program is subject to the admission restrictions and application process that currently pertains to the Major in Economics. See the Arts B.A. Combined Major in Economics and Statistics.

Combined Major (1330): Statistics and Economics

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)2 4
ECON 101, 102 6
MATH 104 (or one of 100, 102, 120, 180, 184)3 3
MATH 105 (or one of 101, 103, 121)4 3
Electives5 8
Total Credits 30
Second Year
CPSC 210 or MATH 2106 4
ECON 301 (or 304), 302 (or 305) 6
ECON 325 or STAT 2007 3
MATH 200 (or 226), 220, 221 (or 223) 9
STAT/MATH 302 3
Electives5 5
Total Credits 30
Third and Fourth Years
ECON 303 (or 306 or 307) 3
ECON 326 or STAT 3068 3
ECON 425 3
ECON 490 3
Economics courses numbered 300 and above 3
MATH 303 or 307 3
STAT 305 3
STAT 404 or STAT 443 3
Statistics courses numbered 300 and above 3
Statistics courses numbered 400 and above 3
Electives5 30
Total Credits 60
Total Credits for Degree 120
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement.
2 A 6-credit combination of two courses may substitute for a 4-credit course to satisfy the specified requirement by decreasing the electives in any year by 2 credits.
3 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and elective credits reduced by 1. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 3.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.
5 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upper-level Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
6 Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking MATH 210 require an additional credit toward elective requirements.
7 If STAT 200 is selected, an additional ECON elective numbered 300 or higher must be taken at some point in the program, to ensure the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.
8 If STAT 306 is selected, an additional ECON elective numbered 300 or higher must be taken at some point in the program, to ensure the total number of ECON credits is at least 30.

Combined Major (1375): Computer Science and Statistics

See Computer Science.

Honours Programs

Students planning to take the honours program in Statistics or a combined honours program in Mathematics and Statistics, should note the following:

  1. To be admitted to either of these programs in second year, a student must obtain at least 65% in MATH 121 or 80% in MATH 101 and an 80% average in MATH 100/101.
  2. Students must obtain formal program approval from a departmental advisor (from both departments for a combined honours program) before registration will be considered complete for second, third, and fourth years. Ideally this would be done before registration, but program approval can also be obtained in the first two weeks of the academic year.
  3. To continue in these programs, a student must obtain an overall 68% grade-point average in each academic year.

Honours (0051): Statistics (STAT)

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)2 4
MATH 120 or 180 or 184 (or 100 or 102 or 104)3 4
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)4 3
Electives5 13
Total Credits 30
Second Year
CPSC 210 or MATH 2106 4
MATH 2267 or 200 3
MATH 2207 3
MATH 223 or 221 3
MATH 227 or 317 3
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
Electives5 11
Total Credits 33
Third and Fourth Years
In third year: STAT 305, 306 and MATH 3038, 307, 320, 321 18
In fourth year: STAT 404, 460 and 461 and 6 credits chosen from MATH 418, 419, 420, 421 and statistics courses numbered 400 or above 15
Statistics courses numbered 300 or above 3
Statistics courses numbered 400 or above 6
Additional courses chosen from computer science and mathematics courses numbered 300 or above 6
Electives5 21
Total Credits 69
Total Credits for Degree 132
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement.
2 A 6-credit combination of two courses may substitute for a 4-credit course to satisfy the specified requirement by decreasing the electives in any year by 2 credits.
3 MATH 100 or 102 or 104 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and elective credits increased by 1. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and the elective credits reduced by 2.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.
5 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upper-level Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
6 Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking MATH 210 require an additional credit toward elective requirements.
7 Students obtaining 68% or higher in MATH 226 are not required to take MATH 220.
8 May be replaced by MATH 419 in fourth year.

Combined Honours (0550): Mathematics and Statistics (MATH, STAT)

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)2 4
MATH 120 or 180 or 184 (or 100 or 102 or 104)3 4
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)4 3
Electives5,6 16
Total Credits 33
Second Year
MATH 223 (or 221) 3
MATH 226 (or 200)7 3
MATH 227 (or 317) 3
MATH 215 3
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
CPSC 210 or MATH 2108 4
Electives5 11
Total Credits 33
Third Year  
MATH 3039 3
MATH 320, 321 6
9 credits from MATH 300, 301, 316, 322, 323, 331 9
STAT 305, 306 6
STAT courses numbered 300 or above 6
Elective5 3
Total Credits 33
Fourth Year
STAT 404, 460 and 461 9
STAT courses numbered 400 and above 3
12 credits from: MATH 400-406, 412, 416-429, 433-440, 443, 449, 450 12
Electives5 9
Total Credits 33
Total Credits for Degree 132
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 A 6-credit combination of two courses may substitute for a 4-credit course to satisfy the specified requirement by decreasing the electives in any year by 2 credits.
3 MATH 100 or 102 or 104 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and elective credits increased by 1. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and the elective credits reduced by 2.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.
5 Students are permitted to move extra elective credits between years. Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upper-level Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
6 Students without credit for Physics 12 must take PHYS 100.
7 Students who take MATH 200 or who obtain less than 68% in MATH 226 must take MATH 220 and obtain 80% or higher in order to take the required course MATH 320.
8 Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking MATH 210 require an additional credit toward elective requirements.
9 May be replaced by MATH 419 in fourth year.

Combined Honours: Computer Science and Statistics

See Computer Science.

Probability and Statistics

The following list of courses in probability and statistics, while not complete in the sense that there are many other courses which deal with the uses of statistics in particular fields of study, contains most of the courses in that principles and techniques of probability and statistics are discussed.

Anthropology ANTH 418, 527, 528
Biology BIOL 300, 301
Commerce COMM 290, 291, 411, 581, 582, 583, 682, 684
Economics ECON 325, 326, 425, 426, 526, 527
Educational Psychology and Special Education EPSE 482, 483, 484, 592, 596, 597, 682
Forestry FRST 231, 430, 530, 531, 533, 539
Geography GEOG 374
Kinesiology KIN 371
Mathematics MATH 302, 303, 418, 419, 544, 545, 608
Pharmacology and Therapeutics PCTH 404, 512
Physics PHYS 509
Political Science POLI 380, 381
Psychology PSYC 218, 359, 366, 545
Sociology SOCI 418
Statistics STAT courses
Wood Science and Industry WOOD 335

Co-operative Education Program

This optional program integrates academic study with related and supervised work experience. Enrolment is limited. Detailed information is available from the Department of Statistics or the Co-operative Education Program.

Page last updated: May 21, 2019

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