Undergraduate SAS Certificate with Honors

The Florida State University Department of Statistics offers a certificate in SAS Programming and Data Analysis. The certificate is earned by taking courses from the Department of Statistics.

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To earn the certificate, you must complete the course

  • STA 5066 Data Management Analysis with SAS, or
  • An honors-enhanced course approved by the certificate director

and any three of the following courses:

  • STA 3064 Statistical Models Using SAS
  • STA 4202 Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments
  • STA 4203 Applied Regression Methods
  • STA 4664 Statistics for Quality and Productivity
  • STA 4702 Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • STA 4853 Time Series and Forecasting Methods
  • STA 4173 Biostatistics
  • STA 4930 Special Topics in Statistics*

* Course topics/names will vary. You must check with the advisor to see if a particular offering is eligible for SAS certificate completion.

All of these courses are three credits. You must earn at least a B- in all four courses. A student portfolio will be created from select assignments from each course. Upon completion of the coursework and review of a student portfolio, your transcript will be modified to reflect completion of the certificate.

Stop by our office in OSB 214 for more information.

Certificate with Honors Option

The SAS Certificate with Honors is open to all students including those currently in the honors program and those who are not. Successful completion of the certificate with honors will place this distinction on the student's transcript. For further details about the university's undergraduate certificate with honors program click here.

Requirement for the SAS Certificate with Honors

The requirements are as follows:

  • A 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in all certificate courses.
  • In place of STA 3024 students must either enroll in STA 5066 or take an honors-enhanced course approved by the certificate director as the core course. Undergraduates taking a graduate-level course must complete the appropriate form from the registrar and get approval from the STA 5066 instructor. The remaining three elective courses are chosen in the same way as described above from the elective course list shown.
  • A portfolio is compiled as described above; however, written reflections will be composed by the student to be included with the portfolio. Written reflections generally discuss what was accomplished in a specific assignment or project and how the particular achievements contributed to the student's mastery of the topics. A copy of the completed portfolio must be submitted to the honors office.



To apply for the certificate, you must download and complete the application. The application form is a Microsoft Word file. Email the completed form to sas@stat.fsu.edu, or bring it to our office in OSB 214. The application must be received before the end of the semester in which you take the second course of our certificate program.

The SAS Certificate and the Major or Minor in Statistics

All the courses taken for the SAS certificate also count toward the department requirements for a BS in Statistics. The statistics major is a total of 33 credits, the SAS certificate courses contribute 12 credits to this total. The certificate is more than one-third of the department requirements for a degree in statistics.

The SAS certificate is the equivalent of a minor in statistics.

For more information on the requirements for a BS in Statistics, visit the statistics undergraduate web page.

The certificate credential is not intended as a diploma or a degree.

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