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Statistics in university? (UofT)

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I'm going to UofT next year (social science) and I'm planning to double major in economics and statistics. But I didn't take Data Management in grade 12, only Advanced Functions and Calculus, of which I got 96 and 97 respectively.

1) I was wondering if economics and statistics is a good combination? I'm not exactly sure what I want to be yet (unfortunately) but I do want to go into something mathematical/analytical.

2) Would it be okay if I go into stats even though I didn't take data in high school? What is the difficulty like for stats?

3) It says in the Course Calendar that if I want to major in Stats I would have to take a Computer Science course (which I never took in HS): CSC108H1 or CSC148H1 or CSC260H1. I heard CSC108H1 is the easiest but I want to know if a person with no knowledge/interest in computers can handle this course?

4) Which math is most suited for stats (I need a prerequisite)? MAT135Y1 or MAT137Y1 or MAT157Y1? I know that 135 is the easiest but a lot of life sci students take it and that 137/157 are mostly for people who are going into math.


Sorry for asking so many questions.. I'm just so stressed right now about course selections.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm afraid I can't comment too much on your decision because it's not my area of expertise, but had you considered actuarial sciences or accounting? Those could also be right up your alley.

And from what I know (not at U of T though) first year comp sci classes don't presuppose you know how to do anything. As long as you're computer-literate and are able to solve problems, it won't be impossible.

Many other provinces don't have a stats class like data management in high school at all, so in that case as well I don't think you'll be far behind the 8 ball. Once again though, I'm at a different university outside of Ontario.
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CSC108H1 is really easy =D lots of people take it and do pretty well. It's all logic just like in calc so you'll have no problem if you just keep up with the homework and assignments. And I'd recommend you take MAT136H1 and MAT135H1 instead of 137/157 which are more proof based and less calculation based.
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@threepointonefour wrote
I'm afraid I can't comment too much on your decision because it's not my area of expertise, but had you considered actuarial sciences or accounting? Those could also be right up your alley.

And from what I know (not at U of T though) first year comp sci classes don't presuppose you know how to do anything. As long as you're computer-literate and are able to solve problems, it won't be impossible.

Many other provinces don't have a stats class like data management in high school at all, so in that case as well I don't think you'll be far behind the 8 ball. Once again though, I'm at a different university outside of Ontario.




I was thinking of actuarial science but I hear bad stories of AS (how it's difficult cause of the multiple exams), and accounting is just too late for me to consider now.

I was wondering if there are still some girls in comp sci classes, although I'll be taking only one course? lol

Thanks for your reply :)
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@arviny wrote
CSC108H1 is really easy =D lots of people take it and do pretty well. It's all logic just like in calc so you'll have no problem if you just keep up with the homework and assignments. And I'd recommend you take MAT136H1 and MAT135H1 instead of 137/157 which are more proof based and less calculation based.




Oh, that's pretty relieving to hear. I was wondering, it says in the course calendar that if you want to major in Stats, one of the options is MAT135Y1 which isn't in the course calendar. Do you suppose it is MAT135H1 + MAT136H1?

Also, can you take MAT223H1 together with MAT135H1/MAT136H1 in the first year? I want to get it over with in the first year so that my second year isn't too much to handle.

Thanks for your reply :)
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@kriispsmile wrote

@arviny wrote
CSC108H1 is really easy =D lots of people take it and do pretty well. It's all logic just like in calc so you'll have no problem if you just keep up with the homework and assignments. And I'd recommend you take MAT136H1 and MAT135H1 instead of 137/157 which are more proof based and less calculation based.




Oh, that's pretty relieving to hear. I was wondering, it says in the course calendar that if you want to major in Stats, one of the options is MAT135Y1 which isn't in the course calendar. Do you suppose it is MAT135H1 + MAT136H1?

Also, can you take MAT223H1 together with MAT135H1/MAT136H1 in the first year? I want to get it over with in the first year so that my second year isn't too much to handle.

Thanks for your reply :)



MAT135Y1 was broken down into MAT135H1 and MAT136H1. Also you can take MAT223H1 in first year, except you want to consider the fact that you'll have 2 math classes in one semester. If you don't want to take it 2nd year, I'm pretty sure you can also take it in summer school and get it over with before 2nd year.

Also a question were you able to satisfy the Breadth Requirements (BR) in first year? I tried, but I couldn't xD hate the BR...
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@arviny wrote

@kriispsmile wrote

@arviny wrote
CSC108H1 is really easy =D lots of people take it and do pretty well. It's all logic just like in calc so you'll have no problem if you just keep up with the homework and assignments. And I'd recommend you take MAT136H1 and MAT135H1 instead of 137/157 which are more proof based and less calculation based.




Oh, that's pretty relieving to hear. I was wondering, it says in the course calendar that if you want to major in Stats, one of the options is MAT135Y1 which isn't in the course calendar. Do you suppose it is MAT135H1 + MAT136H1?

Also, can you take MAT223H1 together with MAT135H1/MAT136H1 in the first year? I want to get it over with in the first year so that my second year isn't too much to handle.

Thanks for your reply :)



MAT135Y1 was broken down into MAT135H1 and MAT136H1. Also you can take MAT223H1 in first year, except you want to consider the fact that you'll have 2 math classes in one semester. If you don't want to take it 2nd year, I'm pretty sure you can also take it in summer school and get it over with before 2nd year.

Also a question were you able to satisfy the Breadth Requirements (BR) in first year? I tried, but I couldn't xD hate the BR...




Oh I see. I guess I should just take MAT223H1 during the summer since having two math classes at once is quite a workload (also considering that I have ECO100Y1 too).

I think I'll be able to satify the BR in the first year, if not the second haha. I just need BR from 2 or 4.. possibly I'll fill it with CLA201H1, PSY100H1, and/or SOC101Y1. Most of my courses are half-year courses and now I'm just woried :S
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I think you'll be fine, most of mine are half courses as well. I have 2 full year and 6 half courses. And I'm still missing a 0.5 credit from a group 2 or 4 to finish the BR, probably going to be a group 2 since group 4 appears to be all bio :(

Do you have any "E" enrollment indicators for you classes?
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@kriispsmile wrote

1) I was wondering if economics and statistics is a good combination? I'm not exactly sure what I want to be yet (unfortunately) but I do want to go into something mathematical/analytical.


You might be a little too late for that. There was an Economics and Stats specialist program last year but it's no longer offered this year. I guess the only alternative you have if you really want to pursue this combination is to have a econ and stats double major.
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