Undergraduate Programs in Statistics
Overview of the Undergraduate Programs in Statistics
We have prepared a synopsis of the undergraduate programs, including streams of courses for students who specialize in another field and those who specialize in statistics. The synopsis describes major improvements in our undergraduate major, honours, and minor programs in statistics to reflect the current employment market and provide students with an up-to-date, solid foundation for a career as a professional statistician.
The programs include both non-statistics and statistics courses. Non-statistics courses include basic mathematical training in algebra and calculus. Statistics courses train students in the fundamentals of data science and analysis, statistical computing, the communication of statistical concepts, probability theory, the design of experiments, and the understanding of surveys. Typical progression through these courses is illustrated in this flow chart and details about each course are available in our course outlines.
Statistics Major And Honours Programs
Students may also combine study and work through SFU's co-operative education program or research assistanceships. Such experience with solving real-world problems complements classroom learning and provides a head start when establishing a career.
Statistics Minor Program
Our minor program targets students who want a working knowledge of standard methods of analyzing data. Their main interest is usually in another discipline, but they recognize the value of statistical methods in their future work.
Second Degree Students
If you already hold a university degree and are seeking a second degree in Statistics, please see these university guidelines.
To remain in the Statistics major program, students need to maintain at least a 2.25 GPA in STAT, ACMA (excluding ACMA 210 if doing so results in a higher GPA), MACM, and MATH courses. To remain in the Statistics honours program, students need to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in STAT, ACMA (excluding ACMA 210 if doing so results in a higher GPA), MACM, and MATH courses.
AStat Accredited Courses
- Calendar entry for Statistics
- Environmental Science (Environmentrics, Quantative Methods in Resource Management) Options
- Faculty of Science information
- Admission to SFU (Office of the Registrar)
Schedule of STAT courses
- Current time table for SFU Undergradate and Graduate classes (choose the term, hit "Go" and then select STAT from the dropdown menu of course subjects).
- Course rotation pattern for next 6 semesters
- Course outlines
Financial Support and Awards
SFU offers many scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students. Please see the University Calendar or our Student Awards page for more details. Undergraduate students in Statistics and Actuarial Science will be particularly interested in the Statistics and Actuarial Science Endowment Award.
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- Learn about professional accreditation through the Statistical Society of Canada and the accredited courses we offer.
- One page summary about Statistics and Actuarial Science at SFU (pdf)