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



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

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

If you have completed any of the math prerequisites at a non-UC institution, please look at 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.

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
Stat 159 (lab) Reproducible and Collaborative Statistical Data Science

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 (2-3 weeks after finals end). Applicants who have completed all prerequisites should schedule an appointment with the Staff Advisor during an upcoming application period.


      Spring 2016: accepted Feb 1 – Mar 24, 2016 and Apr 25 – May 20, 2016
      Summer 2016: accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016
      Fall 2016: accepted Sep 12 – Oct 28, 2016 and Dec 1 – Dec 19, 2016

      NO APPLICATIONS THE FIRST 2 WEEKS of instruction or during heavy Tele-BEARS Advising periods

      • 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 community college transcript if your Degree Audit Report does not 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 Undergraduate Staff Advisor or Advising Assistant in 367 Evans. Schedule an appointment at or come to Drop-In Hours during the application periods.