In today's world, knowledge and expertise in statistics has become increasingly important to students across many disciplines, including engineering, life sciences, natural sciences, physical sciences, business and industry. The Department of Statistics offers a minor in statistics for non-majors to gain expertise in statistical methods, theory and statistical computation. The minor will provide students with a critical understanding of statistical principles, methods and data analysis techniques that will enhance their personal skills and career opportunities. The minor requires 18 hours of coursework in the statistics department and students may follow either an applied or theoretical/methodological track.¬†
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.
There are two options available for the minor in statistics. Track A is designed for mathematically sophisticated students who wish to understand not only how statistical methods are used, but also how they are developed. Track B is designed to help students develop a working knowledge of statistics and the wide range of possibilities for the use and misuse of statistical methods. ¬†¬†
Students must complete at least six courses (a minimum of 18 credit hours). ¬†¬†
Required courses for Track A
STAT 310 Probability and Statistics¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
STAT 405 R for Data Science ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†
STAT 410 Linear Regression
plus three electives in statistics at the 300 level or higher, although STAT 305 and 385 do not count for this track.
Suggested electives are STAT 313, 411, 421, 425, 423, 431, 449 and 453.
No more than two courses can apply from study abroad or transfer credits. ¬† ¬†
Required courses for Track B
STAT 280 Elementary Applied Statistics or
STAT 305 Intro to Statistics for the Biosciences‚Ä® ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
STAT 385 Methods for Data Analysis and System Optimization
plus four electives in statistics at the 300 level or higher, although STAT 305 does not count as an elective for this track. One elective from a non-STAT department may be selected with advisor approval.
Suggested electives are STAT 405, 440, 482, 484, 485 and 486.¬†
No more than two courses can apply from study abroad or transfer credits. ¬†