Bachelor of Science in Statistics (Statistics) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

Bachelor of Science in Statistics (Statistics) Course at Botswana College of Engineering and Technology (BCET)

What is Statistics?

Statistics is the discipline that concerns the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of data. In applying statistics to a scientific, industrial, or social problem, it is conventional to begin with a statistical population or a statistical model to be studied. 

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The Single Major Bachelor of Science Programme can be taken by students from the Faculty of Science as well as students from the Faculty of Social Sciences or any other faculty, provided they satisfy the requirements outlined below.

Special Regulations for the Single Major Bachelor of Science in Statistics Degree

Subject to General Regulation 20.00 and the relevant Faculty of Science Special Regulations, the following Department of Statistics Special Regulations shall apply:

Entrance Requirements

1 Students who are admitted to the Faculty of Science and who have passed each of the 2required Level 100 Statistics and Mathematics courses are eligible to join the Bachelor of Science (Statistics) Single Major Degree
Programme. The specific combined major programme on the optional courses (MAT/ECO/POP etc) taken during the diploma.

2 Students admitted to other faculties, such as the Faculty of Social Sciences, who have passed each of the 2 required Level 100 Statistics and Mathematics courses are eligible to join the Bachelor of Science (Statistics) Single Major Degree Programme. The decision as to what major is to be taken should be made as early as possible, preferably not later than Semester 5 of the undergraduate studies.

3 Students who have passed the Diploma in Statistics examination of this University with a credit or who possess equivalent qualifications can join at level Semester 5 of the Programme on condition of Departmental recommendation.

4 Students who intend to join the Single Major Programme are normally expected to complete the courses listed under the Department of Statistics Special Regulation 1.3.3 before Semester 5 of study.

Duration of the Programme

The normal duration for the Bachelor of Science Degree Programme shall be 8 semesters on a fulltime basis. Students who join under Departmental Special Regulation may be able to complete the Programme in a shorter period.

Programme Structure

1 At Levels 100 and 200, the Programme requires 11 core courses in Statistics and Mathematics totalling 37 credits, normally to be taken during the first 4 semesters. In addition students are expected to take elective and General Educations Courses as required by their Faculty Regulations.

2 At Levels 300 and 400, the Programme consists of 15 core courses in Statistics and Mathematics totalling 48 credits that are usually taken from Semester 5 upwards. In addition, there are 3 optional Statistics courses totalling 9 credits.


Normally assessment of any course is based on the continuous assessment and the examination in the ratio 1:2, unless otherwise specified in the Departmental Special Regulations.

Award of Bachelor of Science in Statistics Degree

A student who has completed all core, optional, elective and General Education Course requirements shall be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Science (Statistics) Degree.