Placement Chart

The following two charts are designed to help you find the appropriate beginning math/stat course for you.  In making your decision, keep in mind that it is best to start in the most challenging course you can; it is not difficult to drop down if needed.

Placement Chart for Mathematics:


Placement Chart for Statistics:

stats placement

Explanation for Stat Placement:

Stat 101 is our intro course for students with no previous statistics and very little math (no calc prerequisite). All other intro courses require at least a semester (possibly three) of calculus. Stat 161 is an intro course for social science majors that has a one semester calc prerequisite. It uses STATA, the program of choice in Econ (as opposed to JMP or R in Stat 101). Stat 201 is our intro course for students who plan to major in math/stat/cs or possibly science. It has a Math 150/151 prerequisite (may be taken concurrently).

For students with previous stat background, Stat 202 is our entry level course for students who had a 4 or 5 on the stats AP (or Stat 101) with no math prerequisite. We found that many students from Stat 201 who had had MATH 150/151 were enrolling and the student population became very bimodal in terms of math maturity. For that reason, we created Stat 302. Like Stat 202, it is a second course in Statistics, parallel to Stat 202. The difference between Stat 202 and Stat 302 is the level of mathematical maturity of the students taking each class. A student can take Stat 302 after Stat 201 (but can also skip Stat 302 and go directly to Stat 346 after Stat 201). Also, a student with an AP Stat score of 4 or 5 and with the equivalent of Math 140 (two semesters of calculus) should be encouraged to take Stat 302, rather than Stat 202. We expect the typical Stat 202 student to be someone who got a 4 or 5 on AP Stats and has had essentially no calculus, or who came from Stat 101 or Stat 161 and wants a second course. Further courses in statistics typically require Math 150/151 and possibly Math 250.

A student who takes Stat 101 or Stat 161 and wants to continue in statistics, but does not have a strong background in mathematics (for example, has only one semester of calculus) should take Stat 202. Students who want to continue in statistics after Stat 202 will have to take additional mathematics courses (including Math 250). The difference between Stat 101 and Stat 161 is that Stat 161 satisfies the requirement for Econ 255 (Econometrics) and uses the stat program STATA, while Stat 101 uses R or JMP and does not satisfy the prerequisite for Econ 255.