College of Arts and Sciences

Statistics is the science of learning from data. Statisticians design methods for gathering data; develop mathematical models to analyze, interpret and discover relationships in the data; and use technology for visualizing and exploring data. The BS in Statistics provides training in the theoretical foundations of statistics, statistical modeling and methodology and applied data analysis. Students may also choose to take the Data Science curricular option within the major, which also emphasizes computing and data management. The Statistics degree serves the needs of future statisticians in science, industry, business and government, and provides the necessary training for graduate study.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Minor available

Topic: Business, Computing, Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admission to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline:
  • You must enroll at the UW before applying to this major. Please contact the department for additional details.
This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.

Admission is competitive. Successful applicants typically have a cumulative GPA higher than 3.00 in courses listed above with no individual course grade lower than a 2.50.

Students wishing to apply to Statistics must apply by the third Friday of April. Applications are considered once each academic year.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Courses required for the major:

  • MATH 124 NSc RSN — Calculus Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH 125 NSc — Calculus Analytic Geometry II
  • MATH 126 NSc — Calculus Analytic Geometry III
  • MATH 224 NSc — Advanced Multivariable Calculus I

One course of the following:

  • CSE 122 NSc RSN — Introduction to Computer Programming II
  • CSE 142 NSc RSN — Introduction to Computer Programming I
  • CSE 160 NSc RSN —Data Programming (highly recommended)

One course (or an approved substitute*) from the following:

  • STAT 311 NSc RSN — Elements of Statistical Methods (highly recommended)
  • STAT 390 NSc — Statistical Methods in Engineering & Science

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 98
Total from Washington community colleges: 1

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 1
3.50 – 3.74: 0
3.25 – 3.49: 0
3.00 – 3.24: 0
2.75 – 2.99: 0
2.50 – 2.74: 0
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes