Statistics Major

Please see Learning Goals for an overview of the Statistics Major. The Statistics Major consists of 4 lower division math courses, 1 lower division statistics course, 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.


Students are encouraged to join the Stat 001 Piazza for additional information.

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* 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 140*) or Stat 135, with no more than one course repeated between Stat 134 (or Stat 140) and Stat 135.

*Prerequisites are enforced for Stat 140 (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 140.  

Upper division Major Requirements:


Stat 133 Concepts in Computing with Data OR Stat/Compsci C100 (Data, Inference, and Decisions) + Stat 33B (Introduction to Advanced Programming in R)
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 102 (lab) Data, Inference, and Decisions 
Stat 150 Stochastic Processes
Stat 151A (lab) Linear Modeling: 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 CLUSTER COURSES (at least 3 units)

Three upper division courses will be selected, in conjunction with advice from the undergraduate faculty advisor, from math or 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 133Stat 133 Concepts in Computing with Data OR Stat/Compsci C100 (Data, Inference, and Decisions) + Stat 33B (Introduction to Advanced Programming in R)
      - Statistics 134 OR Statistics 140
      - 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. Additional sample plans for transfer students can be found HERE. 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.

      How to Declare

      Who is eligible to apply?
      Students who have completed all prerequisite courses or are currently enrolled in their last prerequisite(s) may submit an application.

      When can eligible students apply?
      Students are encouraged to submit an application in the semester they are completing their last prerequisite(s).

      Applications are generally accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted within the applicable time frame expected by the College of Letters & Science. For example, students intending to double major must submit their applications prior to the first day of classes in the term in which they intend to graduate.

      Application Process:

       Select your Statistics Major courses
       Prepare a Program Plan or Double Major/Simultaneous Degree Packet
      You may view sample program plans here. Additional sample plans for transfer students can be found here. To view course descriptions, click here.

       (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.

       (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.
      When are Applications Processed?
      - Applications for students with prerequisites in progress are processed 2-3 Weeks after finals end.
      - With the exception of the first 3 weeks of fall and spring semesters, applications for students who have completed all prerequisites are processed within 2 weeks or during a scheduled advising appointment (which ever comes first).