Program Requirements

Program requirements can change over time. To find out your individual requirements, you need to know your program and your requirement term. You can find this information on your advising transcript. In particular, in the section on the front page labelled "STUDENT PROGRAMS", you will find the programs in which you are enrolled (e.g., STAT major, CMPT minor) and the requirement term ("Req. Term") for each. The requirement term specifies the calendar (year and term) that describes your program requirements. E.g., if your requirement term is 1174, you are subject to the program requirements outlined in the summer 2017 calendar. However, you have the option of instead satisfying current program requirements, as outlined below.

Notes Regarding Changes to the STAT Major and Honours Programs

In Spring 2017, we added two new required courses (STAT 180 and STAT 240). Students with requirement terms of 1171 and later must complete these courses. Students with earlier requirement terms may take these courses as electives if they choose.

Students with requirement terms of Summer 2018 or later are no longer required to complete a minor (or satisfy the alternative requirement of 12 upper division units using courses other than MATH, MACM, or STAT courses, which we introduced in Spring 2017). Instead, they must simply complete 13 additional upper division units (to satisfy university requirements) using any upper division courses in which they are eligible to enrol other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 403. (Note that a minor program, which consists of at least 14 upper division units, satisfies this requirement.) If your requirement term is prior to 1184, you may choose to satisfy either this new requirement or the requirement described in the calendar corresponding to your requirement term. Note, however, that we continue to recommend that students complete a minor program. In addition, if you follow the new requirement, your Academic Progress Report (APR) might be inaccurate.

Finally, in Summer 2018, we increased the flexibility of our upper division requirements, changing the requirement "12 units in 400-level STAT courses (excluding STAT 403)" to "12 units in upper division STAT courses (excluding STAT 302, STAT 305, and STAT 403)". As a result, students may now count STAT 300W and STAT 380 toward these required 12 units.  If your requirement term is prior to 1184, you may choose to satisfy either the new or the old requirement. If you choose the new requirement, your APR might be inaccurate.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact the Statistics Advisor (statadv@sfu.ca). To confirm your program requirements and to report inaccuracies in your APR, please contact Sadika Jungic (sjungic@sfu.ca).

STAT Minor Requirements for Students whose Major Program Requires STAT 302, STAT 305, STAT 350, or BUEC 333

Please be aware that SFU policy prohibits students from applying upper division courses toward more than one program. Therefore, if your major program requires STAT 302, STAT 305, STAT 350, or BUEC 333 (henceforth called "Statistics 2"), you may not use the units from this course toward both your major and the STAT minor. However, you may use these courses to satisfy the Statistics 2 requirement of the STAT minor. In this case, you will need to complete 15 alternative upper division STAT units (or accepted substitutes), one of which could be -- but is not required to be -- a second Statistics 2 course. Because of the overlap between STAT 302, STAT 305, and BUEC 333, we recommend taking only one of these courses.

Example 1. You are a HSCI major and have taken STAT 305. You may not use the associated 3 units toward the 15 upper division units required for the STAT minor. Instead, you may do one of the following:

  1. (Recommended) Complete 15 upper division units using upper division STAT courses other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350. Up to 4 of the 15 units may come from accepted substitute courses.
  2. Complete STAT 302 or STAT 350 and 12 units from upper division STAT courses other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350. Up to 4 of the 12 units may come from accepted substitute courses.
  3. Complete BUEC 333 and 11 units from upper division STAT courses other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350. 

Example 2. You are an ECON major and have taken BUEC 333. You may not use the associated 4 units toward the 15 upper division units required for the STAT minor. Instead, you may do one of the following:

  1. (Recommended) Complete 15 upper division units using upper division STAT courses other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350. Up to 4 of the 15 units may come from accepted substitute courses.
  2. Complete STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350 and 12 units from upper division STAT courses other than STAT 302, STAT 305, or STAT 350. Up to 4 of the 12 units may come from accepted substitute courses.