Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

The Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering bachelor’s degree is built for students interested in pre-med and a host of new and emerging biological fields. Uniquely designed to help students harness and respond to the data revolution, students will get quantitative training, not only in biology, chemistry and physics but also mathematics and computer science. Students will thereby be prepared for careers in the thriving biotechnology fields, with electives designed to support students with interests in pre-med, ecology systems and molecular biology. Graduates will stand out from general biology majors and graduate fully prepared to work in research and development, and applied technical laboratories, in most science and engineering fields—or to continue their studies in medical school or other advanced academic disciplines. 

Quantitative and Biosciences and Engineering website.

Program Objectives

A degree in quantitative biosciences and engineering will explore the interface between biology and mathematics, computer sciences, physics and chemistry. These studies will proved the necessary background needed for careers in bioenergy, biomaterials, bioengineering, biomechanics, biomedical, bioenvironmental and biophysical engineering. The QBE program will prepare a new generation of researchers for quantitative challenges, new discoveries and fulfilling careers at the interface of the physical, mathematical, computational, chemical and biological sciences.

Biology Core Requirements

  • CBEN110 – Fundamentals of Biology 1 
  • CBEN120 – Fundamentals of Biology 2 
  • CBEN320 – Cell Biology and Physiology 
  • CBEN321 – Introduction to Genetics 
  • CHGN428 – Biochemistry I 
  • CHGN431 – Biochemistry Lab 
  • BIOL300/301 – Introduction to Quantitative Biology (I and II)*  
  • CHGN462/CEEN460 – Microbiology 
  • BIOLXXX Entrepreneurship and Seminar* and Field Session 

Fundamental Science and General Requirements

  • MATH111 – Calculus for Scientists and Engineers I 
  • MATH112 – Calculus for Scientists and Engineers II 
  • MATH213 – Calculus for Scientists and Engineers III 
  • MATH 225 – Differential Equations 
  • MATH201 – Probability and Statistics for Engineers 
  • CHGN121 – Principles of Chemistry with Lab I 
  • CHGN122 – Principles of Chemistry with Lab II 
  • CHGN221 – Organic Chemistry I 
  • CHGN 223 – Organic Chemistry Lab I 
  • CHGN222 – Organic Chemistry II 
  • EBGN201 – Principles of Economics 
  • EDNS151 – Introduction to Design 
  • HASS100 – Nature and Human Values 
  • HASS200 – Global Studies 
  • HASS mid-level courses [2] 
  • HASS400 elective 
  • PHGN100 – Physics I – Mechanics 
  • PHGN200 – Physics II – Electromagnetism and Optics 
  • CSCI101 – Intro to Computer Science 
  • CSCI303 – Intro to Data Science 
  • PAGN 4 electives, CSM101 – Freshman Success Seminar

Technical Electives Available

  • CBEN304 Anatomy and Physiology 
  • CBEN305 Anatomy and Physiology Lab 
  • CBEN310 Intro. to Biomedical Engineering 
  • CBEN 311 Introduction to Neuroscience 
  • CBEN320 Cell Biology and Physiology 
  • CBEN322 Biological Psychology 
  • CBEN412 Introduction to Pharmacology 
  • CBEN413 Quantitative Human Biology 
  • CBEN431 Immunology for Engineers 
  • CBEN498 Capstone 
  • CHGN 429 Biochemistry II 
  • CHGN462 Microbiology 
  • CHGN441 The Chem. and Biochemof Pharm. 
  • CHGN445 Chemical Biology 
  • MATH331 Mathematical Biology 
  • CEEN460 Microbial Ecology 
  • CEEN461 Ecology 
  • CSCI470 Intro to Machine Learning 
  • PHGN433 Biophysics 
  • BIOL499 Independent studies [up to 6 credits] 


Suggested careers for QBE majors:

  • Medical school (pre-med)
  • Imaging scientist
  • Quantitative biologist
  • Microbiologist in bacteriology, virology and immunology
  • Environmental bioscientist
  • Bioinformatics scientist
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Research scientist

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