Course code:



IM - Introductory/Intermediate

Meets the following requirements:

  • QR - Quantitative Reasoning

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course provides an introduction to probability and statistics.

Its goal is to give students a good understanding of what kinds of questions statistical analyses can answer and how to interpret statistical results in magazines, books, and articles from a wide range of disciplines.

The course begins with understanding probability and how it can often lead to nonintuitive results. Types of statistical analyses discussed in the second part of the course include comparisons of averages, correlation and regression, and applying confidence limits to estimates of studies from both the social and biological sciences. Application of statistics to specific research problems is covered in greater depth in more advanced courses such as advanced statistics and field ecology and data analysis.

Evaluation is based on class participation, problem sets, and quizzes, and an independent project.




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