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Yes. If you take the AP Statistics exam and receive a score of 3 or 4, you receive credit for STAT 2004 Introductory Statistics. A score of 5 earns credit for STAT 3005 Statistical Methods I. The score must be forwarded directly from the testing service to Virginia Tech and must include your name, social security number, and AP exam score.

AP credit at Virginia Tech is also available in many other areas. Students may obtain up to 38 semester hours of credit through AP exams. A complete list of areas where AP credit may be earned is available on the Registrar''s website.

The list below contains courses that would best prepare you for a major in statistics. They are suggestions or recommendations, not requirements. For advice tailored to your own situation, call or e-mail the undergraduate administrator.

  • Mathematics: Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus
  • Computer Science: Any programming language such as C or Java
  • Statistics: AP Statistics

Just as with the list of recommended high school courses, the list below contains courses that would best prepare you for a major in statistics. They are suggestions or recommendations, not requirements. For advice tailored to your own situation, call or e-mail the undergraduate administrator.

  • Mathematics: Calculus (same courses as for mathematics and engineering majors), Linear Algebra, Vector Geometry
  • Computer Science: Introduction to Computer Science, C Programming.
  • Statistics: Introduction to Statistics, and any other courses available
  • Sciences: Introductory lecture/lab sequence in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Courses taken in theses sciences should be suitable for majors in those sciences.

Most certainly. Because of the strong mathematics component of our program, many statistics majors complete a math minor. STAT majors also complete a second major, such as math, or a second minor, such as economics.

Talk with your undergraduate advisor to explore this more. 

In 1993 the Department of Statistics initiated a Degree in Honors program and the first graduate of that new program was in May, 1994.

Degree in Honors candidates must be members of the University Honors Program and are required to maintain a very strong academic record. The program enables a student to craft an individualistic course of study cutting across departments and colleges, not just in the major department. The Degree in Honors is noted on the student's diploma and transcript.

For further information, consult the Department of Statistics Honors Advisor and the University Honors Program Office.