STAT 2050 Fundamentals of Statistics

An introductory course to help the student use statistical methods with understanding. Topics include: descriptive statistics (organizing and describing data) designs for producing data, and statistical inference (drawing conclusions from data). Statistical software is used, therefore, computer literacy is recommended. Students earning credit in STAT 2050 may not earn credit in STAT 2070. Prerequisite: Completion of MATH 1000, or MATH 1400. (4 lect.)


4 credits

Transfer Status

Equivalent to UW.

Major Topics

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Gathering Data
  • Randomness and Probability
  • Inferential Statistics


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Find and use descriptive and numerical statistics (using such items as graphs and frequency tables, measures of central tendency and measures of variance, z-scores, etc.) to explore and analyze data.

2. Solve basic probability problems, including finding probability, and applying counting principles.

3. Design a statistical experiment.

4. Collect, organize, present, summarize, describe, analyze, and draw inferences from data.

5. Read, analyze and write critiques of statistical studies

6. Use software packages and calculators for statistics.

7. Choose the correct statistical tools for decision making.

8. Use z, t, and chi-square distributions appropriately.

Other Information

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