Mathematics Foundations for Success in Introductory Statistics

Process Stage
Math Department
Partner Disciplines

Formerly titled "Mathematics Prerequisites for Success in Introductory Statistics," this brief was updated in August 2019 to better reflect the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways shift in focus away from prerequisites and toward co-requisite models of instruction.

In order to place students appropriately and in order to design an efficient and effective pathway to statistics for students who may need additional support, it is important to think carefully about the mathematical foundations for success in the introductory statistics course. While these foundations include topics typically taught in courses up to and including beginning and intermediate algebra, there are topics in beginning and intermediate algebra that are not necessary for success in an introductory statistics course.