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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Statistics BA

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Every day, around the world, people use data to make decisions. But where does this data come from? Who interprets it, and how does their interpretation influence our decisions? If you like working with data and you’re good with math, then think about statistics as a way to bring together all of your talents, skills and interests. Whether you want to shape public policy, design clinical trials, help organizations grow or improve healthcare outcomes, see how you can change the world as a statistician.

Visit the Statistics academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Biostatistics department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current students wishing to pursue the Statistics BA must follow the instructions on the School of Public Health and Health Professions change of major form

Course Requirements

Total Credits Required for Major: 44-53

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.


  • The department does require a GPA of 2.500 or higher in the following lower division courses to keep the status of statistics major: MTH 141LRMTH 142LR and STA 119LEC/STA 119REC 
  • Students not attaining the 2.500 average will need to retake courses to improve their average or they will be removed from the program.
  • Students intending to pursue graduate work in statistics are strongly encouraged to take additional mathematics courses.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum major GPA of 2.000 required for graduation.

All Statistics students will be academically reviewed at the end of each semester after grades are posted. Academic review standards are as follows:

  • Minimum UB GPA of 2.000
  • Minimum major GPA of 2.000

Students identified after academic review each semester who do not meet these requirements will be notified via their UB Email account. The first semester that students receive a warning notification they will be mandated to make an advising appointment before registering for next semester’s classes (enforced with a hold). Second semester of not meeting criteria will mandate that the student attend an SPHHP sponsored workshop on academic improvement and mandate them to meet with an academic advisor (enforced with service indicator). When a student is identified with 3 semesters of academic warning the student will be removed from the major. Academic reviews are conducted following Fall and Spring semesters only. Courses repeated during the winter and/or summer are not factored into the review.

Students who are academic dismissed from the Statistics BA major have one (1) opportunity to appeal to the program director.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 14 or 15

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 17 or 18

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 17

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 14

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • Stats Elective Credits: 4
  • 300/400-level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400-level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 4

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400-level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400-level Elective Credits: 3
  • 300/400-level Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the statistics major are expected to have demonstrated knowledge of the following:

  • An understanding of probability theory, its application to everyday problems and the important role probability plays in data analysis and decision making
  • The ability to identify the proper statistical technique needed for the analysis of data in a variety of contexts
  • How to design data collection experiments in a way that allows for optimal decision making while being subject to real-world constraint


(HEGIS: 17.02 STATISTICS, CIP27.0501 Statistics, General)


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