undergraduate program

Certificate in Statistics - Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate

The Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research offers a certificate program in statistics for students who have received a bachelor's degree in other areas. The primary goal of the program is to allow students with undergraduate majors in science, engineering and the social sciences an opportunity to acquire the formal training in statistics that is currently in demand in industry and government. Some students may also find this program a useful way to prepare for graduate study in statistics.

The certificate program in statistics requires completion of a minimum of 32 approved credits at the 200 level or higher in mathematical sciences or related areas. A maximum of 14 credits toward certification may be transferred from course work completed before or after receiving a bachelor’s degree. At least 18 approved credits must be from courses in statistics and probability at the 300 level or higher and must be taken at VCU. No more than six of these 18 credits can be from courses taken before admission to the certificate program. The student must achieve a GPA (on courses taken at VCU) of 2.5 or better with no grade below “C.” All requirements for the certificate must be completed within five years of admission to the program.

The following courses are required:

  • MATH 200-201 Calculus with Analytical Geometry (or equivalent)
  • CMSC 201 Introduction to Computing Using FORTRAN or
    CMSC 245 Introduction to Programming Using C++ or
    CMSC 255 Structured Programming (or equivalent)
  • STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics (or equivalent)
  • STAT 309 Introduction to Probability Theory
  • STAT 314 Applications of Statistics
  • STAT 404 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • STAT/BIOS 544 Statistical Methods II

Students will work closely with the program coordinator in selecting appropriate elective courses. While some students may have the background necessary for a 600-level graduate course, it is expected that most elective courses will be drawn from the 300-level to 500-level statistics course offerings of the department. Statistics courses taught in other units of the university may be credited toward the certificate with the permission of the program coordinator.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the VCU Gainful Employment website.

Students seeking to enter the certificate program in statistics should contact Dr. D'Arcy P. Mays for information on admission procedures.