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
Sample Four-Year and Two-Year Program Plans
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 (can take Stat 140* instead) or Stat 135, with no more than one course repeated between Stat 134 (or Stat 140) and Stat 135.

*Stat 140 (Probability for Data Science) is a new course, which will be offered as of Spring 2017. This is an acceptable alternative to Stat 134 as a Core Statistics Major requirement, and as a prerequisite for 15X-level courses. Credit Restriction: Due to overlap of course content, students will only receive credit for either Stat 134 or Stat 140.

Upper division Major Requirements:


Stat 133 Concepts in Computing with Data
Stat 134 Concepts of Probability OR Stat 140 Probability for Data Science (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 (can take Stat 140 instead)
      - 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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      Sample Four-Year and Two-Year Program Plans

      Click HERE to download sample academic plans to help you map out the Statistics major prerequisites and requirements. The sample Program Plans only include courses required for the Statistics major. A full-time course load in the College of Letters & Science is 13 units so you will have space each semester to round out your schedule with courses that can fulfill other requirements or simply satisfy your intellectual curiosity. You will need to account for all university and college degree requirements, including but not limited to: Reading & Composition, 7 Breadth, minimum 120 units, etc. See degree requirements on the College of Letters & Science website. Still have questions? Meet with a Statistics Undergraduate Faculty or Staff Advisor to develop a Program Plan that is both feasible and meets your needs. Consider studying abroad or engaging in undergraduate research.

      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 2017: accepted Feb 6 – Mar 24, 2017 and Apr 24 – May 15, 2017
      Summer 2017: accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of Friday, August 11, 2017
      Fall 2017: TBD

      NO APPLICATIONS THE FIRST 3 WEEKS of instruction or during heavy Course Enrollment Advising period

      • Attach documentation verifying completion of prerequisites
        • For courses taken at UC Berkeley – attach most recent transcript from CalCentral (unofficial OK)
        • For courses taken at a CA Community College – attach official transcript from community college 
        • For courses taken at another 4-year college or a community college outside of California -- attach:
          • Signed evaluation form from the Math Department AND
          • Official transcript from your other college
        • 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 ocurrent 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.