Statistics Major

Please see Learning Goals for an overview of the Statistics Major. The Statistics Major consists of 4 lower division math courses and 9 upper division courses. To satisfy the requirements of the major, all courses must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum 2.0 overall Grade Point Average is required in all 9 upper division major courses in order to be in good standing in the major. Students must complete all prerequisites prior to declaring.

Major Requirements
Approved Applied Cluster Courses
Teaching Emphasis
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Declare - Spring 2015 Applications accepted Monday, Feb. 2 - Friday, March 13, 2015 and Monday, Apr. 20 - Friday, May 15, 2015
. NO APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED Jan. 20-30 or Mar. 14-Apr. 19, 2015


In March 2013, the Statistics Department implemented a change in its prerequisites for the undergraduate major.

NEW PREREQUISITES apply to all students who did not finish the lower division math prerequisites by the end of Spring 2013.

1.  Students must earn a minimum 3.2 Grade Point Average in and no lower than a C in:

Math 1A Calculus
Math 1B Calculus II
Math 53 Multivariable Calculus
Math 54 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

See "How to calculate the Math prerequisite GPA" in the Frequently Asked Questions.

2.  Students must also earn a B- in either Stat 134 or Stat 135, with no more than one course repeated between Stat 134 and Stat 135.

FORMER PREREQUISITES will be applicable to students who have finished the following math courses with at least a C or better by the end of Spring 2013.

A letter grade of a C or better must be earned for EACH prerequisite:
Math 1A Calculus
Math 1B Calculus II
Math 53 Multivariable Calculus
Math 54 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

These students will be "grandfathered" into the major and are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Upper division Major Requirements:


Stat 133 Concepts in Computing with Data
Stat 134 Concepts of Probability (other non-Statistics UC Berkeley courses such as IEOR 172 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
Stat 135 Concepts of Statistics

3 STATISTICS ELECTIVES (at least one course must have a lab). Choose from:

Stat 150 Stochastic Processes
Stat 151A or 151B (lab) Linear Modelling: Theory and Applications
Stat 152 (lab) Sampling Surveys
Stat 153 (lab) Introduction to Time Series
Stat 154 (lab) Modern Statistical Prediction and Machine Learning
Stat 155 Game Theory
Stat 157 Seminar on Topics in Probability and Statistics
Stat 158 (lab) The Design and Analysis of Experiments

3 APPLIED CLUSTER COURSES (at least 3 units)

Three upper division courses will be selected, in conjunction with advice from the undergraduate faculty advisor, from a field in which statistics is applied. Possible fields include CS, Demography, IEOR, Business Administration, Economics, and a combination of Business Administration and Economics. See APPROVED CLUSTER COURSES for a comprehensive list.


      TEACHING OPTION: Students interested in teaching statistics and mathematics in middle or high school should take the following courses:

      All lower division courses required for the statistics major
      Statistics 133
      Statistics 134
      Statistics 135
      Two courses from Statistics 150, 151A, 151B, 152,153, 154 155, 157, or 158 including at least one course with a laboratory.
      Four Math courses: Mathematics 110, Mathematics 113, Mathematics 151, and either Mathematics 152 or Mathematics 153 are required

      If you are interested in teaching, consider the Cal Teach Program. You can even Minor in Math and Science Education!

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      Frequently Asked Questions


      How to Declare:

      Students should submit an application in the semester they are completing their last prerequisite(s). For applicants with prerequisites in progress, applications will be reviewed after the grades for all prerequisites are available a 2-3 weeks after finals end. For applicants who have completed all prerequisites, applications will be reviewed and processed within a week.

      DEADLINES: Students should apply in the semester they are finishing their last prerequisite(s).

      Spring 2015 Applications will be accepted:
      Friday, Jan. 9 - Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
      Monday, Feb. 2 - Friday, March 13, 2015
      Monday, Apr. 20 - Friday, May 15, 2015

      Applications will NOT be accepted:
      Jan. 20 - 30, 2015
      Mar. 14 - Apr. 19, 2015

      • Attach documentation verifying completion of prerequisites
        • For courses taken at UC Berkeley – attach most recent transcript from BearFacts (unofficial OK)
        • For courses taken at a CA Community College – attach Degree Audit Report showing prerequisite courses with all grades or official CC transcript if your Degree Audit Report does not yet show the courses or the grades
        • For courses taken at another 4-year college or a community college outside of California -- attach:
          • Signed evaluation form from the Math Department AND
          • Either official transcript from your other college or your UC Berkeley Degree Audit Report showing your relevant transfer coursework and grades. See Prerequisites above.
        • Fill out appropriate Letters & Science form(s) based on single/double major status. Obtain these forms from 367 Evans, outside 206 Evans or download here.
          • For Statistics single majors only (no double/triple): complete the Petition to Declare Major and Program Planning Worksheet. On the Program Planning Worksheet, list all courses you plan to take each semester beginning with the current semester until you plan to grade. This is a rough plan and we know it is likely to change but it should account for all major, university and college (L&S) requirements.
          • For double or triple majors within the College of Letters & Science: complete the Double Major Application Packet.
          • For students double majoring with a major outside of the College of Letters & Science: complete the Simultaneous Degree Application Packet instead of the Double Major Application Packet.
          • Turn in all COMPLETED forms to the Staff Advisor, Denise Yee, in 367 Evans (even those already signed by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor). Single majors may drop off their paperwork at the Statistics Front Desk, attn: Denise Yee. If there is a problem with your application your declaration will be delayed and Denise will to contact you by email. Double and Simultaneous Degree students must meet with Denise either in an appointment or during drop-ins.