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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 110/210 or CPSC 110/MATH 2102 8
MATH 100 or 102 or 104 (or 120 or 180 or 184)7 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)8 3
CHEM (numbered above 111) and/or PHYS (numbered above 100)3 6
Electives3,4,5 4
Total Credits 30
Second Year
MATH 200, 220, 221 9
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
Arts elective 6
Electives4,5 9
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 above6 9
Arts elective 6
Electives5 15
Total Credits 60
Total Credits for Degree 120
1 For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
2 This requirement must be completed in the first two years. Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking CPSC 210 can count the additional credit toward elective requirements.
3 Students without Chemistry 12 must use an additional 4 elective credits to take CHEM 111. Students without Physics 12 must use an additional 3 elective credits to take PHYS 100. Students are permitted to move extra elective credits between years.
4 Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL. Students with Biology 12 must take at least 3 science credits labeled ASTR, BIOL, EOSC, science credit GEOG or PSYC. These requirements must be fulfilled before end of second year.
5 For requirements, see 'Electives' below.
6 These courses should be chosen from an area in which statistical ideas are relevant, and some of the courses should have clear statistical or probabilistic content. A student's choice of thematic concentration courses must be approved by a departmental adviser. More information about the thematic concentration, including some examples of course choices, can be found at Statistics.
7 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 reduced by 3.
8 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.

Electives

Electives must include the following:

  1. at most 12 elective and thematic concentration credits may be in faculties other than Science and Arts;
  2. at least 6 elective credits must be for courses numbered 300 or above;
  3. at least 9 elective and thematic concentration credits must be in science electives outside the field of the Major1 or in Arts; and
  4. a sufficient number of elective and thematic concentration credits must be in science, to fulfil the Faculty requirement that at least 72 of the 120 total credits for a B.Sc. degree be in science courses.

1The field of the Major for Statistics is defined as all statistics, mathematics, and computer science courses.

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 110/210 or CPSC 110/MATH 2102 8
ECON 101, 102 6
MATH 104 (or one of 100, 102, 120, 180, 184)9 3
MATH 105 (or one of 101, 103, 121)10 3
Electives3,5,6,7 4
Total Credits 30
Second Year
ECON 301 (or 304 or 201 or 206), 302 (or 305 or 202 or 207) 6
ECON 325 or STAT 2004 3
MATH 200 (or 226), 220, 221 (or 223) 9
STAT/MATH 302 3
Electives3,5,6,7 9
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 3
Statistics courses numbered 300 and above 3
Statistics courses numbered 400 and above 3
Electives5,6,7 30
Total Credits 60
Total Credits for Degree 120
1 For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
2 This requirement must be completed in the first two years. Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking CPSC 210 can count the additional credit toward elective requirements.
3 Students take CHEM 111 if credit was not obtained for Chemistry 12 and 3 credits of 100-level PHYS (normally PHYS 100) if credit was not obtained for Physics 12. All students take 6 credits of CHEM and/or PHYS at the 100-level beyond CHEM 111 and PHYS 100. Students who do not have credit for Biology 11 or 12 take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL. Students with credit for Biology 11 or 12 take 3 credits of an ASTR BIOL, EOSC, GEOB or science credits. The science requirements must be completed by the end of second year. If a 3-credit course is chosen, the remaining credit can be moved to later years.
4 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.
5 Enough elective credits must be chosen from science, so that the total number of science credits is at least 72, of which at least 30 must be numbered 300 or above. Students are permitted to move extra credits between years.
6 Enough elective credits must be numbered 300 or above, so that the total number of credits numbered 300 or above is at least 48.
7 At most 18 elective credits may be in Faculties other than Faculties of Science and Arts.
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.
9 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed and the 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.
10 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.

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 110/210 or CPSC 110/MATH 2102 8
MATH 120 or 180 or 184 (or 100 or 102 or 104)7 4
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)8 3
CHEM (numbered above 111) and/or PHYS (numbered above 100)3 6
Electives4 3
Total Credits 30
Second Year
MATH 2205, 223 (or 221) 6
MATH 2265, 227 (200, 317) 6
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
Arts elective 6
Electives4 9
Total Credits 33
Third and Fourth Years
In third year: STAT 305, 306 and MATH 3036, 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
Arts elective 6
Electives5 15
Total Credits 69
Total Credits for Degree 132
1 For a full list of acceptable courses, see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
2 This requirement must be completed in the first two years. Note that MATH 210 may not be offered every year. Students taking CPSC 210 can count the additional credit toward elective requirements.
3 If the courses selected exceed 6 credits, the excess credits apply toward electives. Students without Chemistry 12 must use an additional 4 elective credits to take CHEM 111. Students without Physics 12 must use an additional 3 elective credits to take PHYS 100.
4 Students without Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL. Students with Biology 12 must take at least 3 science credits labelled ASTR, BIOL, EOSC, GEOB or science credits. These requirements must be fulfilled before end of second year. Students are permitted to move extra elective credits between years.
5 Students obtaining 68% or higher in MATH 226 are not required to take MATH 220.
6 May be replaced by MATH 419 in fourth year.
7 MATH 100 or 102 or 104 may substitute for any of the specified calculus courses listed and the elective credits increased by 1. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 2.
8 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.

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

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
CPSC 110 4
MATH 120 or 180 or 184 (or 100 or 102 or 104)3,4 4
MATH 101 or 103 or 105 (or 121)5 3
Laboratory and physical sciences requirements6,7,8 6
BIOL, ASTR, EOSC, GEOB9 3
Electives2,4,5,6,7,10 7
Total Credits11 33
Second Year
MATH 223 (or 221) 3
MATH 226 (or 200)12 3
MATH 227 (or 317) 3
MATH 21513 3
STAT 200 3
STAT/MATH 302 3
CPSC 210 or MATH 2104,14 4
Electives2,4,5,6,7,10,12 11
Total Credits11 33
Third Year  
MATH 30314 3
MATH 320, 321 6
9 credits from MATH 300, 301, 316, 322, 323, 331 9
STAT 305, 306 6
Elective2,4,5,6,7,10,12,15 9
Total Credits11 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
Electives2,4,5,6,7,10,12,15 9
Total Credits11 33
Total Credits for Degree 132
1 For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
2 Electives must be selected to ensure the Faculty of Science Arts Requirement is met.
3 See UBC-SFU-UVIC-UNBC Calculus Examination Certificate. Also, MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified courses by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
4 If a 3-credit MATH course is taken in place of a 4-credit course, the missing credit must be made up in elective credits
5 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed and the elective credits decreased by 1.
6 Students without credit for Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 in addition to any PHYS course(s) that may be taken to satisfy the Lower-Level Requirements.
7 Students without credit for Chemistry 12 must take CHEM 111 in addition to any CHEM course(s) that may be taken to satisfy the Lower-Level Requirements.
8 See Lower-Level Requirements for details.
9 Students without credit for Biology 11 or 12 must take 3 credits of 100-level BIOL.
10 Students are permitted to move extra elective credits between years.
11 Honours specializations require a minimum overall 68% average in each academic session, the completion of all attempted courses, and at least 30 credits in each Winter Session. See Introduction to Degree Options for details.
12 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.
13 May be deferred until third year.
14 May be replaced by MATH 419 in fourth year.
15 Electives in third and fourth years must include at least 6 credits selected from STAT courses numbered 300 or higher.

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, 431, 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.

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