Fall 2023


Listed in: Mathematics and Statistics, as STAT-360  |  Mathematics and Statistics, as MATH-360


Nicholas J. Horton (Section 01)
Katherine E. Moore (Section 02)


(Offered as STAT 360 and MATH 360) This course explores the nature of probability and its use in modeling real world phenomena. There are two explicit complementary goals: to explore probability theory and its use in applied settings, and to learn parallel analytic and empirical problem-solving skills. The course begins with the development of an intuitive feel for probabilistic thinking, based on the simple yet subtle idea of counting. It then evolves toward the rigorous study of discrete and continuous probability spaces, independence, conditional probability, expectation, and variance. Distributions covered include the binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, Gamma, Beta, multinomial, and bivariate normal. Other topics include generating functions, order statistics, and limit theorems.


Student has completed or is in the process of completing MATH 121, or has MATH 211 placement, or has consent of the instructor. Limited to 24 students. Fall semester. Professor Horton.

How to handle overenrollment: For the Fall, priority for rising sophomores and Statistics majors, then Mathematics majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, problem sets, quizzes or exams, group work, use of computational software

STAT 360 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM WEBS 102
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM WEBS 102

Section 02
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SMUD 207
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SMUD 207
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SMUD 207

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
All Introduction to Probability (second edition) Introduction to Probability (second edition) , 2019 Blitzstein + Hwang A free electronic copy is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VmkAAGOYCTORq1wxSQqy255qLJjTNvBI/view TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024