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The University Registrar and the Brandeis University Online Bulletin websites offer the official requirements and course descriptions for every academic department in the university.

Refer to the Bulletin's "Quantitative Biology" section for the most up-to-date information on requirements for the major, minor and for course descriptions.

Visit the online Schedule of Classes for the latest course offerings.

Core Courses

To obtain the specialization in quantitative biology, students must complete all requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the PhD program in which they are enrolled. In addition, students must successfully complete three of the following courses:

  1. QBIO 120b: Quantitative Biology Instrumentation Laboratory
  2. BCHM 102: Quantitative Approaches to Biochemical Systems
  3. PHYS 105a: Biological Physics OR BCHM 145a: How to Decide: Bayesian Inference and Computational Statistics
  4. Computational methods courses: 
    • QBIO 110a: Numerical Modeling of Biological Systems
    • COSI 178a: Computational Molecular Biology
    • NBIO 136b: Computational Neuroscience
    • BIOL 135b: The Principles of Biological Modeling
    • BIOL 107a: Data Analysis and Statistics Workshop
    • MATH 162a: Numerical methods for Scientific Computing

No more than one of the computational methods courses may be counted toward the three-course QB requirement.

The participating PhD programs have structured their requirements so that QB students need only take one additional course compared to non-QB students in the same program.

In addition to courses, QB students participate outside of the classroom in experiential learning activities aimed towards increasing their scientific knowledge and fostering their ability to function effectively as members of a multidisciplinary team.