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Mathematics & Statistics

Statistics (BS)

Offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and departmental approval.


Mathematical Statistics and Applied Statistics

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • Mathematical Statistics: 47 credit hours with grades of C or better
  • Applied Statistics: 54-55 credit hours with grades of C or better

Course Requirements

Mathematical Statistics


Additional Courses at the 300-level or Above

  • Four additional courses at or above 300 in the department, of which two must have the prefix STAT- (STAT-514 cannot be used) as approved by an advisor. CSC-281 may substitute for a course with a prefix of MATH-.

Applied Statistics


Two Additional Courses

  • Two additional courses selected from the department as approved by a student's advisor

Five Additional Courses

  • At least five additional courses in a related field, as approved by an advisor. The courses may be selected from more than one teaching unit, but must have a common theme or subject area in which statistics are applied.

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors in the major through the University Honors Program, students must meet the requirements detailed on the Honors website and have been enrolled as either a first-year student between Fall 1989 and Spring 2014, or as a transfer or self-nominated student through Spring 2015. The University Honors Program should not be confused with the AU Honors Program, which begins in Fall 2014 and has separate requirements, also detailed on the Honors website.

Combined BS in Mathematics or Statistics and MS in Statistics

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degree for more information.

Students receive both a BS in Mathematics or Statistics and an MS in Statistics.


  • Interested students should apply by the end of their junior year. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in major courses and complete MATH-501 Probability and STAT-502 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics by the end of the junior year.
  • All requirements for the BS in Mathematics or Statistics (mathematical statistics track)
    • Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements of both degrees.
  • All requirements for the MS in Mathematics, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master's degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master's program.