Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Statistics

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Statistics

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Statistics, students will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental theory in probability and statistical inference.
  2. Apply and evaluate statistical models.
  3. Apply statistical computing for data analysis and data science. 
  4. Demonstrate competency as a professional statistician.
  5. Effectively communicate as a professional statistician. 

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Statistics

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Statistics must complete:

  • A minimum of 16 courses (49-55 credit hours) depending on course selection to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 11 courses (34 credit hours) at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional departmental guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Statistics49-55
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Statistics120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
or MATH 105 AP/OTH CREDIT IN CALCULUS I
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
or MATH 106 AP/OTH CREDIT CALCULUS II
Select 1 from the following:3 or 6
MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS
HONORS CALCULUS III
and HONORS CALCULUS IV
Select 1 from the following:
CAAM 335MATRIX ANALYSIS3
or MATH 354 HONORS LINEAR ALGEBRA
or MATH 355 LINEAR ALGEBRA
Computation
STAT 405R FOR DATA SCIENCE3
Basic Computing
Select 1 from the following:3 or 4
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS
ELEMENTS OF ALGORITHMS AND COMPUTATION
COMPUTATIONAL THINKING
ALGORITHMIC THINKING
ELEMENTS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Advanced Computing
Select 1 from the following:3 or 4
INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAM DESIGN
PRINCIPLES OF PARALLEL PROGRAMMING
TOOLS AND MODELS FOR DATA SCIENCE
REASONING ABOUT ALGORITHMS
INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION
APPLIED MATRIX ANALYSIS
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I
LINEAR AND INTEGER PROGRAMMING
COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE I
Probability and Statistics
STAT 310 / ECON 307PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS3 or 4
or STAT 315 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS FOR DATA SCIENCE
STAT 410LINEAR REGRESSION4
Elective Requirements
Select 6 courses from departmental (STAT) course offerings at the 300-level or above, including at least 3 from the following list of methodology/theory courses: 118
ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL MACHINE LEARNING
PROBABILITY
STATISTICAL INFERENCE
APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING
INTRODUCTION TO BAYESIAN INFERENCE
BIOSTATISTICS
NEURAL MACHINE LEARNING I
MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
GLM & CATEGORICAL DATA ANALYSIS
Senior Capstone
STAT 435DATA SCIENCE PROJECTS3
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Statistics49-55
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements5-11
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Approved Electives

With advisor approval, up to 1 course (3-4 credit hours) from the following typically approved coursework outside departmental (STAT) course offerings may be chosen to fulfill Elective Requirements. 

Approved Electives outside Statistics
APPLIED ALGORITHMS AND DATA STRUCTURES
PRINCIPLES OF PARALLEL PROGRAMMING
TOOLS AND MODELS FOR DATA SCIENCE
EVOLUTIONARY BIOINFORMATICS
REASONING ABOUT ALGORITHMS
PARALLEL COMPUTING
INTRODUCTION TO DATABASE SYSTEMS
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
LARGE-SCALE MACHINE LEARNING
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL IMAGING I
NEURAL MACHINE LEARNING I
DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF BIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS
APPLIED ECONOMETRICS
GAME THEORY AND OTHER MICRO TOPICS FOR ECON MAJORS
GAME THEORY AND OTHER MICRO TOPICS FOR MTEC MAJORS
MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS
ECONOMETRICS
ECONOMIC FORECASTING
ADVANCED TOPICS IN ECONOMETRICS
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ENGINEERING
ADVANCED STATISTICAL METHODS FOR PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATES
RESEARCH METHODS
BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
DATA ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO SPORT ANALYTICS

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Statistics 

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Statistics should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 3 courses (9 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the major.
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Statistics website: https://statistics.rice.edu/.

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Statistics 

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Internship and Research Opportunities

The Department of Statistics encourages its major and minors to participate the practice of statistics through summer internships, employment and research. Information on current opportunities are posted here: https://statistics.rice.edu/undergraduate-program/opportunities. Students can also approach individual faculty about research opportunities in their group. An undergraduate advisor can talk with you about these and other possibilities. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Statistics website: https://statistics.rice.edu/.