Major Statistics (B.Sc.)

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Statistics(54 Credits)

    Offered by:Mathematics and Statistics
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

The program provides training in statistics, with a solid mathematical core, and basic training in computing. With satisfactory performance in an appropriate selection of courses, this program can lead to the professional accreditation A. Stat from the Statistical Society of Canada, which is regarded as the entry level requirement for a Statistician practicing in Canada. The program is a path to a wide variety of careers in industry, academia and government in the statistical sciences, and provides preparation for graduate work in statistics and data sciences.

Program Prerequisites

Students entering the Major in Statistics program are normally expected to have completed the courses below or their equivalents. Otherwise they will be required to make up any deficiencies in these courses over and above the 54 credits of program courses.


  • MATH 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry 3 Credits
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  • MATH 140 Calculus 1 3 Credits
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  • MATH 141 Calculus 2 4 Credits
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In addition, a student that has not completed the equivalent of MATH 203 upon entering the program must consult an academic adviser. If a student is advised to take MATH 203, this course has to be taken as a complementary course in the first semester, increasing the total number of program credits from 54 to 57.

Students are strongly advised to complete all required courses and all Part I complementary courses by the end of U2, except for MATH 423 and MATH 523.

Students interested in the professional accreditation should consult an academic adviser.

Where appropriate, Honours courses may be substituted for equivalent Major courses. Students planning to pursue graduate studies are encouraged to make such substitutions, and to take MATH 556 and MATH 557 as complementary courses.


Required Courses (34 credits)

* Students must take MATH 204 before taking MATH 324.

** Students who have successfully completed a course equivalent to MATH 222 with a grade of C or better may omit MATH 222, but must replace it with MATH 314.
*** MATH 236 is an equivalent prerequisite to MATH 223 for required and complementary Computer Science courses listed below.


  • MATH 204 Principles of Statistics 2 3 Credits*
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  • MATH 208 Intro to Statistical Computing 3 Credits
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  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits**
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  • MATH 235 Algebra 1 3 Credits
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  • MATH 236 Algebra 2 3 Credits***
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  • MATH 242 Analysis 1 3 Credits
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  • MATH 243 Analysis 2 3 Credits
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  • MATH 323 Probability 3 Credits
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  • MATH 324 Statistics 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 423 Applied Regression 3 Credits
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  • MATH 523 Generalized Linear Models 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Complementary Courses (20-23 credits)

0-3 credits selected from:


  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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Part I: 6 credits selected from:

* Students take either MATH 317 or COMP 350, but not both.


  • COMP 208 Computer Programming for PS&E 3 Credits
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  • COMP 250 Intro to Computer Science 3 Credits
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  • COMP 251 Algorithms and Data Structures 3 Credits
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  • COMP 350 Numerical Computing 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 314 Advanced Calculus 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 315 Ordinary Differential Eqns 3 Credits
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  • MATH 316 Complex Variables 3 Credits
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  • MATH 317 Numerical Analysis 3 Credits*
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  • MATH 326 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos 3 Credits
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  • MATH 327 Matrix Numerical Analysis 3 Credits
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  • MATH 329 Theory of Interest 3 Credits
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  • MATH 340 Discrete Mathematics 3 Credits
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  • MATH 350 Honours Discrete Mathematics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 417 Linear Optimization 3 Credits
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  • MATH 430 Mathematical Finance 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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Part II: 14 credits selected from:

* Students take either MATH 410 or MATH 420, but not both.

+ Students can take either COMP 451 or COMP 551, but not both.


  • CCOM 314 Communicating Science 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • COMP 451 Fundls of Machine Learning 3 Credits+
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  • COMP 551 Applied Machine Learning 4 Credits+
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  • MATH 308 Fundls of Statistical Learning 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 410 Majors Project 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MATH 420 Independent Study 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 427 Statistical Quality Control 3 Credits
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  • MATH 447 Intro. to Stochastic Processes 3 Credits
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  • MATH 524 Nonparametric Statistics 4 Credits
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  • MATH 525 Sampling Theory & Applications 4 Credits
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  • MATH 540 Life Actuarial Mathematics 4 Credits
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  • MATH 541 Nonlife Actuarial Models 4 Credits
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  • MATH 545 Intro to Time Series Analysis 4 Credits
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  • MATH 556 Mathematical Statistics 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • MATH 557 Mathematical Statistics 2 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
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  • MATH 558 Design of Experiments 4 Credits
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  • MATH 598 Topics in Probability & Stats 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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