Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Major in Economics and Statistics

The major in Economics and Statistics provides an interdisciplinary course of study aimed at students with a strong interest in the empirical analysis of economic data. Jointly administered by the Department of Statistics and the Undergraduate Economics Program, the major's curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in the theories and methods of both fields. Students in this major are trained to advance the understanding of economic issues through the analysis, synthesis and reporting of data using the advanced empirical research methods of statistics and econometrics. Graduates are well positioned for admission to competitive graduate programs, including those in statistics, economics and management, as well as for employment in positions requiring strong analytic and conceptual skills - especially those in economics, finance, education, and public policy.


I. Prerequisites 66/76 units

1. Mathematical Foundations 38 units
21-120 + Differential and Integral Calculus
21-122 Integration, Diff Equations, and Approximations
21-259 Calculus in Three Dimensions
21-240 or 21-241 Matrix Algebra
2. Economics Foundations 10 units
73-100 Principles of Economics
3. Statistical Foundations 18 units
36-201* Introduction to Statistical Reasoning and Practice
and one of the following:
36-202 Introduction to Statistical Methods
36-208 Regression Analysis (cross listed as 70-208)
36-309 Experimental Design for Behavioral & Social Sciences
or extra statistical elective**
II. Disciplinary Core
129/120 units
1. Economics Core 48 units
73-150 Intermediate Microeconomics
73-200 Intermediate Macroeconomics
73-252 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
73-253 Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
73-261 Econometrics
73-270 Writing for Economists
2. Statistics Core 36 units
36-225*** Introduction to Probability Theory
36-226*** Introduction to Statistical Inference
36-401*** Applied Linear Regression
36-402 Advanced Data Analysis
3. Advanced Electives 45/36 units
Students must take two advanced economics elective courses (numbered 73-300 through 73-495) and two advanced statistics elective courses (numbered 36-303, 36-315, 36-350, or 36-410 through 36-495).
Students will choose an additional fifth advanced elective from either Economics or Statistics.
Total number of units for the MAJOR
195 units
Total number of units for the DEGREE 360 units

+ Passing the Mathematics Department's 21-120 assessment test is an alternative to completing the course.
* Acceptable equivalents for 36-201 are 36-207, 36-220, 36-247.
** For students who enter the program with 36-225/226. Discuss options with your advisor.
*** In order to be a major in good standing, a grade of at least a C is required in 36-225 (or 36-217), 36-226, and 36-401. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to continue in the major.

University and College Requirements

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences General Education Requirements apply to all Statistics majors. For other applicable College policies see the undergraduate catalog.  The University policies on transfer credit apply to all Statistics majors.