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.

* A small percentage of students are admitted to this major directly as freshmen. The majority will be admitted through the standard admission process after enrolling at the UW.

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).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: Must enroll at the UW before applying to the major
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

This major is capacity-constrained. Completion of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Students wishing to apply to Statistics must apply by the third Friday of April.
  • Applications are considered once each academic year.

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 123 NSc RSN — Introduction to Computer Programming III
  • CSE 142 NSc RSN — Introduction to Computer Programming I
  • CSE 160 NSc RSN —Data Programming (highly recommended)
  • MATH/STAT 394 NSc — Probability I (To be effective spring 2024 admission cycle, pending UW Curriculum Review)

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