Upon completing the B.A. degree, students majoring in Statistics will be able to apply fundamental theory in probability and statistical inference; have the skills and knowledge to apply and evaluate statistical models; will have master the ability to apply statistical computing for data analysis and data science; will be able to demonstrate competency as a professional statistician; and will have developed effective communication skills as a professional statistician.
This summary is intended to give you an idea of the program requirements. The Rice University General Announcements web site is the definitive resource for program requirements and should be used as your guide to earning a degree at Rice.
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements in the General Announcements.
Students pursuing the B.A. degree with a major in Statistics (STAT) must complete:
The 16 courses presented for the major in statistics must include the following.
4 courses in Mathematics from this list:
3 courses in Computation from this list:
2 courses in Probability and Statistics
1 Senior Capstone course
Six elective statistics courses at the 300 or higher level are required. With advisor approval, one elective may be from a department other than Statistics; such electives are referred to as "O-group"courses.
At least three electives must be chosen from the following list of courses. STAT 305 and STAT 385 will not count as electives.
In addition to the departmental requirements for the major, students must also satisfy the distribution requirements and complete no fewer than 60 semester hours for a total program of at least 120 semester hours, as detailed in the Rice University General Announcements.
The Department of Statistics, in collaboration with several departments across the university, offers a subspecialty in computational finance. By strategically choosing elective courses statistics majors and other quantitative majors can compliment the primary major with this area of study. More information is available on the Center for Computational Finance (CoFES) website. Full details of course requirements are available in the General Announcements.
Transfer credit is available for Stat 280 and Stat 310 with advisor approval. It is strongly recommended that you discuss the transfer credit before you take the course. After the course obtain the following:
Email advisor Dennis Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org), and request a meeting to discuss your transfer credits. To make the process as smooth as possible, include all the information you have available electronically with your request. At the meeting, the advisor will evaluate the request.
No more than three courses may apply from study abroad or transfer credits.