Major Prerequisites

Major Prerequisites

Requirement UC Berkeley Courses Alternatives
Calculus I Math 1A Equivalent Advanced Placement, IB, A-Levels per Math Department; or equivalent CA Community College course work per, or equivalent course work from another 4-year college or out-of-state community college
Calculus II Math 1B
Multivariable Calculus Math 53
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations Math 54
Lower Division Statistics Stat 20 or Data/Stat/CS/Info C8  
Upper Division Statistics Stat 134 or C140 Stat 135 if B- not met in Stat 134 or C140


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

    • Math 1A Calculus (or the Summer version Math N1A)
    • Math 1B Calculus II (or the Summer version Math N1B)
    • Math 53 Multivariable Calculus (or the Summer version Math N53, or web-based version Math W53)
    • Math 54 Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (or the Summer version Math N54)

    *Math prerequisite GPA is based solely on math courses taken at UC Berkeley or other UC. Students who have taken ALL FOUR prerequisite courses at non-UC institutions, are still required to take at least one Math course at Berkeley to establish a UC GPA. Students may choose Math 54 (B+ required) or Math 110 (B required). Note: Effective Fall 2019, Math 1A and Math 1B cannot be taken after completing Math 53 and/or Math 54 at UCB to increase the math prerequisite GPA.

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

  2. Students must earn a minimum C grade in either Stat/CompSci/Info C8, Stat 20 or Stat 28 (effective for freshmen students entering UC Berkeley in Fall 2018 and transfer students entering in Fall 2020).
  3. Students must also earn a B- in either Stat 134 (or Stat C140*) or Stat 135, with no more than one course repeated between Stat 134 (or Stat C140) and Stat 135.

    *Prerequisites are enforced for Stat C140 (Probability for Data Science); see the course website for details. Due to overlap of course content, students will only receive credit for either Stat 134 or Stat C140.

Application Process to Declare

  1. Select your Statistics Major courses.
  2. Prepare a Program Plan or Double Major/Simultaneous Degree Packet. You may view first-year sample plans and transfer sample plans, and course descriptions. FORMS found on L&S Forms and Petitions page.

    • Program Planning Worksheet (Single Majors)
    • Double Major Packet (Double/Multiple Majors all in L&S)
    • Simultaneous Degree Packet (Double/Multiple Major with at least one in another college)
  3. (If applicable) Collect and prepare to upload documentation verifying completion of prerequisites if they currently do not appear in CalCentral

    For courses taken at another 4-year college or a community college outside of California, you will be expected to attach a signed evaluation form from the Math Department.

  4. Complete the Statistics Major Application.
  5. (Optional) Schedule an appointment with a Statistics Advisor. Students who have already completed the prerequisites are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Staff Advisor after submitting their application to confirm eligibility, go over their program plan, and expedite the declaration process.