January 2021

Introduction to Statistics via Modeling

Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-135  |  Mathematics and Statistics, as STAT-135


Nicholas J. Horton (Section 02J)
Ryan P. McShane (Section 01J)


(Offered as STAT 135 and MATH 135) This course is an introductory statistics course that uses modeling as a unifying framework. The course provides a basic foundation in statistics with a major emphasis on constructing models from data. Students learn important concepts of statistics by mastering powerful and relatively advanced statistical techniques using computational tools. Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, visualization, probability, study design, and multiple regression.

Students who have taken a semester of calculus (MATH 111 or higher, or equivalent placement) or who are majoring or planning to major in mathematics and/or statistics should take this course instead of STAT 111/111E. (Students who have taken STAT 111/111E or PSYC 122 may not also receive credit for STAT/MATH 135. Students who have taken ECON 360/361 will be admitted only with consent of the instructor.) No prior experience with statistical software is expected.

Fall 2020 Sections 01 and 02, January 2021 Section 01 and 02, and Spring 2021 Sections 01, 02, 04, and 05 will be online only.  Methods and tools will vary by instructor, but all online only sections will include small group work and interactive labs to foster student engagement. We will conduct synchronous activities over Zoom and use platforms such as Moodle to structure asynchronous interactions and host course material.

Requisite: MATH 111 or equivalent. Limited to 24 students per section. Fall semester: Professors Bailey and McShane. January 2021: Professors Horton and McShane. Spring semester: Professors Bailey, Donges, Matheson, and Wagaman. 

If Overenrolled: In the fall: priority for preregistered sophomores. In the spring: priority for preregistered first year students, then sophomores.

Cost: $170 ?

STAT 135

Section 01J

Section 02J

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
01 - 06 Intro Stats (5th Edition, Bound) Boston: Pearson, 2018 De Veaux, Richard D., Paul Velleman, and David E. Bock Bound version, costs about $224 TBD
01-06 Intro Stats, Books a la Carte Edition (5th Edition) Boston: Pearson, 2018 De Veaux, Richard D., Paul Velleman, and David E. Bock Unbound version (3-hole punch, loose-leaf), costs about $152 TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, January 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022