Statistics Option

Freshman YearCredits
CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
or COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking
M 171Q - Calculus I4  
University Core and Electives8  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I  3
M 172 - Calculus II  4
University Core and Electives  6
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
or STAT 332 - Statistics for Scientists and Engineers
Year Total: 15 16
Sophomore YearCredits
M 273 - Multivariable Calculus
or M 283 - Honors Multivariable Calculus
M 242 - Methods of Proof3  
Science Electives *4  
STAT 337 - Intermediate Statistics with Introduction to Statistical Computing3  
M 221 - Introduction to Linear Algebra  3
STAT 408 - Statistical Computing and Graphical Analysis  3
Science Electives *  3
University Core and Electives  6
Year Total: 14 15
Junior YearCredits
M 333 - Linear Algebra
or M 441 - Numerical Linear Algebra & Optimization
STAT 411 - Methods for Data Analysis I3  
STAT 446 - Sampling3  
Science Electives *3  
University Core and Electives 3  
STAT 412 - Methods for Data Analysis II  3
STAT 441 - Experimental Design  3
Science Electives *  3
University Core and Electives  6
Year Total: 15 15
Senior YearCredits
STAT 421 - Probability Theory3  
Math or Stat Elect (See List Below) 6  
University Core and Electives6  
STAT 422 - Mathematical Statistics  3
Math or Stat Elect (See List Below)   6
University Core and Electives   6
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120

 Math or Stat Elective

STAT 425Biostatistical Data Analysis3
STAT 431Nonparametric Statistics3
STAT 436Introduction to Time Series Analysis3
STAT 437Introduction to Applied Multivariate Analysis3
STAT 439Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis3
STAT 448Mixed Effects Models3
STAT 490RUndergraduate Research1-6
STAT 491Special Topics1-4
STAT 492Independent Study1-3

13 credits of Social, Physical or Biological Science approved courses with at least one course that has a lab - consult an advisor for more details.

 A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. Core 2.0 must be completed for graduation.  

Accelerated M.S. Plan

The Accelerated M.S. Program (AMSP) is designed to provide MSU undergraduates a path to earning both the B.S. and the M.S. in Statistics in a total of five years.  Undergraduate students earning a B.S. in Statistics at Montana State University may accelerate their program through any combination of Advanced Placement Credit, transfer credit, and higher semester credit loads so that they may receive their B.S. degree after four years and their M.S. degree after the fifth year.  To learn more about the AMSP, please visit

Actuary Profession Bound Students

Actuary profession-bound students are advised to take STAT 421 and STAT 422 during the junior year in order to be prepared for the actuarial exams given during the senior year. For further guidance, see the Actuary Advisor in the Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, 2-214 Wilson Hall.