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

Our major and honours programs are designed for students seeking in-depth knowledge of statistical methods and the skill to modify or develop methods to tackle challenging quantitative problems.

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

Continuation Requirements

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

See which of our courses are accredited for partial fulfillment of the educational requirements for the associate statistician (AStat) designation offered by the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC).

Co-op Program

Many of our students participate in the cooperative education program. View the profiles of some of our co-op students.

University Calendar

Schedule of STAT courses

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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