Major Prerequisites
See the Statistics Major page for updates to the Fall 2022 Grading Policy for the Statistics Department
Courses
Requirement 
UC Berkeley Course 
Alternative 
Calculus I 
Math 1A 

Calculus II 
Math 1B 

Multivariable Calculus 
Math 53 

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 
Math 54 

Lower Division Statistics 
Stat 20 or 

Upper Division Statistics 
Stat 134 or 

Requirements to Declare
1. Students must earn a minimum 3.2 UC Grade Point Average* and no lower than a C in the following:
 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 webbased 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 nonUC 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). Beginning Fall 2022, Math 91 on "Linear Algebra" may be taken in lieu of Math 54 (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 nonUC institution, please look at Frequently Asked Questions below.
2. Students must earn a minimum C grade in either Data/Stat/CompSci/Info C8 or Stat 20 (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 Data/Stat C140**) or Stat 135, with no more than one course repeated between Stat 134 (or Data/Stat C140) and Stat 135.
**Prerequisites are enforced for Data/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 Data/Stat C140.
Frequently Asked Questions
 What are the Statistics Department grading policies for semesters during the COVID19 pandemic?

Please see the Statistics Department grading policies for the SP20, FA20, SP21, and SUM21 semesters linked here.
 If I took the AP Exam,ALevels, IB, or courses at another college, can I waive out of the premajor Math requirements?

The Statistics Department defers to the Mathematics Department’s evaluation of course equivalence to the premajor requirements. Here are currently established standards:
AP Credit
If you received a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam, or a score of 3 or 4 on the AP Calculus BC Exam, then Math 1A requirement is waived. If you received a 5 on the AP Calculus BC Exam, both the Math 1A and Math 1B requirements are waived. You will still need to take Math 53 and Math 54 at a UC.
Transfer Credit, ALevels, and IB
Students who took courses at a California community college can determine whether those courses are equivalent to UC Berkeley courses using the Assist.org tool. Courses taken at another 4year institution or a community college outside of California need to be evaluated by the Mathematics Department. Upload the completed evaluation(s) with you when you are ready to declare the major.
If you have ALevel Math exam credits or an International Baccalaureate (IB) Math Exam Credit, you can waive out of Math 1A and/or Math 1B. We abide by what the Math Department deems as equivalent, which is subject to change:
 ALevel Math (grade of ''B'' or better) = Math 1A Equivalency
 ALevel Further Math (grade of ''B'' or better) = Math 1A & Math 1B Equivalency
 Singapore ALevel Exams H1 Math = Math 16A, H2 Math = Math 1A, and H2 Further Math = Math 1A and Math 1B Equivalency
 Refer to Math Department for IB Exam Credit
Students who have taken equivalents of ALL FOUR prerequisite courses at nonUC institutions are still required to take at least one Math course at Berkeley to establish a UC GPA. These students may choose Math 54 or Math 91 on "Linear Algebra" (B+ required) or Math 110 (B required) or alternative course with consent of the Head Undergraduate Faculty Advisor.
Students lacking partial material of any of the lower division prerequisites should see the Mathematics Department to discuss completing Mathematics 49. For example, students lacking the material on linear algebra in Mathematics 54 may learn this material by enrolling in Mathematics 49 and attending the portion of Math 54 on Linear Algebra. See information from the Mathematics Department on their Course Equivalency page.
 What if I took the Math 16AB series at UC Berkeley? Math 10A10B at UC Berkeley?

If you have only completed Math 16A, you must still complete Math 1A or equivalent (at another college is fine as long as it is equivalent according to assist.org or the Math Department). If you took both Math 16A and Math 16B, you can waive out of Math 1A, but must take Math 1B or equivalent. Students can no longer take Math 49 to learn the Math 1B material lacking in Math 16B.
Students who have completed the Math 10A10B series should see the Head Undergraduate Faculty Advisor. Bring a copy of your transcript.
 Does taking the online Math X1AB through UC Berkeley Extension fulfill Math 1AB at UC Berkeley?

Generally, NO. The Statistics Department defers to the evaluation of the UC Extension courses by the UC Berkeley Math Department. In Spring 2012, the Math Department faculty reviewed the X1AB curriculum and deemed the online X1A and X1B courses not equivalent to Math 1AB at UC Berkeley. Students who have not yet taken X1A or X1B should NOT take them to satisfy Statistics major requirements. Students who have already taken X1AB may request an evaluation from the Math Department to determine if Math 1A or 1B need to be taken. Grades in other math courses like Math 53 and Math 54 are factored into whether or not a student would need to take 1A or 1B.
Please note: Math XB1A and XB1B (inclass courses offered through the Fall Program for Freshmen) ARE equivalent to Math 1A and 1B and are accepted as prerequisites for the Statistics major. These courses are different from the online Math X1A and X1B offered through UC Extension.
 Does Math N1A, Math N1B, Math W53, Math N54 and Math W54 satisfy the math prerequisites?

Yes, Math N1A, N1B, N53 and N54 taught at UC Berkeley are summer versions of Math 1A, 1B, 53, and 54; and Math W53 and W54 are the webversions of Math 53 and 54. The format of these courses are different than those offered in Fall and Spring but the content is the same so they can be used to satisfy Statistics major math prerequisites.
 I took a prerequisite and earned a P. Can I declare?

No, you must earn at least a C in each prerequisite before you can declare and meet the minimum 3.2 math prerequisite GPA. To calculate the GPA, a letter grade is required. You will need to repeat the course or see the Head Undergraduate Faculty Advisor about alternatives, such as taking an upper division math course. These kinds of exceptions are considered on an individual basis by the Head Undergraduate Faculty Advisor and are rare.
Due to the extenuating circumstances of Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 please see Response to P/NP Default Grading Option For Spring 2020 or FA20 and SP21 Grading Policy for the Statistics Major which outline exceptions to the letter grade requirement. The FA20 and SP21 grading policy is applicable to Summer 2021 as well.
 I received a C in a prerequisite. Can I declare?

No, you must earn at least a C in each prerequisite before you can declare as well as have at least a 3.2 GPA in the math prerequisites. You will need to repeat the course.
 I am waiving out of Math 1A and Math 1B and did not meet the 3.2 UC GPA in Math 53 and Math 54. Can I take Math 1A and/or Math 1B in order to boost my math prerequisites UC GPA?

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 UC GPA.
 I am enrolled in my last prerequisite. Can I declare?

You can submit an application, but you will not be declared until all prerequisites are completed. We do not offer conditional declarations.
 Do the NEW prerequisites apply to me?

The existing major prerequisites are a 3.2 UC GPA in Math 1A, 1B, 53 and Math 54 AND a B in either Stat 134 (or 140) or 135. The new prerequisite requirement of a minimum C grade in either Stat/CompSci/Info C8, Stat 20 or Stat 28 applies to freshmen students entering UC Berkeley in Fall 2018 and transfer students entering in Fall 2020. This will be in addition to the existing prerequisites.
 Is there a deadline to declare?

No, you may declare the Statistics major as long has you have completed the prerequisite requirements and your grades are verifiable. However, the College of Letters & Science has policies relating to units caps and may not approve Statistics as a second major if successful completion of the major is not feasible within the allowed timeframe. Students wishing to double/triple major must declare at least one semester prior to graduation. There are no exceptions.
It is advisable to declare as early as possible so we can track your progress and ensure that your applied cluster courses are approved before you take them. Additionally, declared students receive priority when registering for upper division Statistics courses. Students may generally submit their application during the semester in which they are finishing their last prerequisite(s), but applications are only processed at designated times.
 Can I use EECS 16A and 16B instead of taking Math 54?

The Statistics Department, by exception, will not require Math 54 for students who have taken EECS 16a and 16b, as long as these students take Math 110 as well. The department will allow these students to also use Math 110 as a cluster course in addition to satisfying the math requirement for the major (only if students have a 3.2 math GPA in other math prerequisite courses). For declaration purposes, if students have a 3.2 UC math GPA in their other math prerequisites (Math 1a, 1b, and 53), then they do not need to get a certain grade in Math 110. If students do not have the 3.2 UC math GPA with their other math prerequisites, then they’ll need to get at least a B in Math 110 to declare the major and will not be able to use Math 110 as a cluster course.