Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Experiential Major Menu

BS, Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

WHERE QBE STUDENTS GO

Students pursuits one-year post-graduation:

  • Employed: 20%
  • Further Education: 80%

Where do Mines QBE students plan to go for graduate school?

  • 80% of them stay at Mines for either a Masters or PhD
  • Popular programs are QBE, and the Engineering and Technology Management
  • 20% go to another institution, mostly for a PhD in a program with a chemistry and biology focus

What career paths do students plan to head towards?

  • Biotech
  • Clinical Research and Development
  • Health Professions
  • Data Science and Bioinformatics
  • Energy – Alternative/Renewable

 

* Data projected based on current QBE Student survey of plans after graduation

This menu is a tool for you to use to explore opportunities at Mines outside of the classroom. These are not requirements, but rather recommendations to help you leverage what Mines has to offer. Just like at a restaurant, choose what looks best to you and start from there! This menu can help you create your own pathway and customize your experience during your time at Mines.

The activities are placed in specific years below based off staff and faculty recommendations, but you can participate in most of them at any time. There is never a wrong time to get involved if you’re looking, and no pressure to do any of these things!

Get to know Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

The Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering (QBE) program at Mines offers students unique opportunities to not only build a strong foundation in modern cellular, molecular, and genomic biology topics, but to also apply their knowledge via the development of experimental, data science, and computational skills. We believe that some of the most transformative science and engineering happens at interfaces between topics; thus, this is the QBE program’s primary goal.

As the first undergraduate interdisciplinary program at Mines, QBE will produce the next generation of quantitatively trained scientists needed for innovation in the biological sciences and other disciplines. QBE students can pursue opportunities at Mines and after graduation in healthcare and medicine, biotechnology, and computational biology, among many others.

Academic options in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Explore the options below to see how to expand upon a QBE degree and what to expect from the course load.

Frequently Pursued Minors

Common 4+1 Programs

  • Data Science, QBE, and Engineering and Technology Management

Academic Catalog

 

Get Involved

Attend Celebration of Mines in August to get to know campus organizations and academic departments, sample food, and play games. Below are some departments that offer many great opportunities to enhance your experience here at Mines.

At our core, we are biologists with a strong quantitative background masquerading as computer scientists. We leverage rapidly advancing technologies and merge them with our ever-evolving understanding of biological systems. Our ultimate goal? To catalyze transformative changes that have a positive impact on our world

Maya Mowery-Evans, QBE '23

Contact Us: 

1613 Illinois St., Golden, CO 80401          https://qbe.mines.edu          uQBE@mines.edu 

Experiential Major Menu Opportunities

Browse the different opportunities within each year and themed Ore Cart to find ways to get involved. All activities are general campus opportunities unless they are in bold and have Departmental listed afterwards, then they are degree specific ways to get involved.

First Year

Leadership & Innovation

  • Explore opportunities to get involved with the Undergraduate Student Government
  • Explore options to get involved with RHA and Community Councils
  • Apply for the Environmental Leadership Lab trip and Scholars Program. Check the Daily Blast for more information in April.
  • Sign up to be a part of an Innov8x Challenge and explore the world of entrepreneurism by solving real world problems

Professional Development


Research, Creative & Scholarly Achievement

  • Attend the Mines Bioscience Careers Panel hosted through the Career Center (Departmental)
  • Explore the option of a summer with SURF
  • Pick up copies of The Oredigger to see what is going on at Mines and maybe contribute a written piece.
  • Explore how to get involved with research through different opportunities on campus

Inclusive & Impactful Civic Engagement

  • Attend the QBE Seminar Series each year (Departmental)
  • Apply to work at College View Middle School in Denver as a tutor
  • Join Society of Women Engineers as a mentee
  • Attend the Study Abroad Fair this Fall to start exploring your options. Additional scholarships may be available.
  • Attend the annual Celebration of DI&A at Mines

Health & Wellness


Academic Success

  • Sign your family or support system up for the CASA First-Year Family Newsletter so they can support your academic success
  • Attend the Major Fair and declare a major in late April at Declaration Day with CASA. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the Daily Blast

Second Year

Leadership & Innovation


Professional Development


Research, Creative & Scholarly Achievement

  • Apply to biology related REU programs (Departmental)
  • Apply to biology-related internships (Departmental)
  • Attend the Emerging Scholars Seminar Series to learn about various research topics
  • Find a faculty member you are interested in working with and apply for MURF
  • Explore classes offered through HASS

Inclusive & Impactful Civic Engagement


Health & Wellness


Academic Success

  • Check out CASA for academic advising to go over your schedule and academic opportunities
  • Explore Bounce Back if you are needing to retake a course, on academic probation or returning from academic suspension

Third Year

Leadership & Innovation

  • Join the QBE Student Advisory Board. Check the QBE Canvas page for more details (Departmental)
  • Represent QBE at the Mines Major Fair (Departmental)
  • Become a grader or TA for QBE courses. Talk to the course instructor for more information. (Departmental)
  • Become an officer in your student organization
  • Apply to be an Undergraduate Writing Fellow, a peer tutor in the Writing Center. Check the Daily Blast for information in early October. 

Professional Development

  • Consider opportunities for graduate schools
  • Take Introduction to Research Ethics (SYGN 502) or Professional Oral Communication (LICM 501), both are graduate classes but accessible to Undergraduates.
  • Write an article for SWE’s annual newsletter
  • Be a tutor or lead core review with CASA 

Research, Creative & Scholarly Achievement

  • Show your research outcomes in Reuleaux
  • Explore options to join a musical group on campus or Mines Little Theater
  • Take Research, Values, and Communication (HASS 360)
  • Co-author a paper with a fellow student or faculty member
  • Manage departmental or student organization’s web and/or social media presence

Inclusive & Impactful Civic Engagement

  • Volunteer with DECTech (Departmental)
  • Assist with Trick-or-Treat so Golden Can Eat, more information in Daily Blast
  • Tutoring at local high schools
  • Explore DI&A workshops along with trainings from SHAPE
  • Join the departmental DI&A Council
  • Serve as a panelist at Making The Connection or other recruitment events
  • Coordinate an S2S community service event 

Health & Wellness


Academic Success

  • Participate in Summer Field Session this upcoming summer or after senior year (Departmental)
  • Meet with CASAto go over your schedule and talk about possible graduate opportunities including 4+1 programs
  • Start to request letters of recommendation from faculty or supervisors for graduate school or jobs

Fourth Year

Leadership & Innovation

  • Expand your leadership in your organization
  • Take CSM 350: Special Studies in Leadership & Small Group Dynamics

Professional Development


Research, Creative & Scholarly Achievement


Inclusive & Impactful Civic Engagement

  • Tutor at a local high school
  • Volunteer as a mentor for K-14 student with Rocky Mountain MESA
  • Take Art & Environmentalism in Italy
  • Apply for a Mines DI&A community grant to help promote an inclusive campus
  • Facilitate a workshop at Celebration of DI&A at Mines. Keep an eye on the Daily Blast for calls for proposals.

Health & Wellness

  • Show your loved ones everything you love about Mines at Family & Friends weekend
  • Participate in the Imposter Syndrome Peer Education workshop before heading out into the workforce or graduate school
  • Help manage your stress with a Balanced Box
  • Take a Self-Check at YOU@Mines
  • Do a QPR refresh 

Academic Success

  • Mandatory senior design research  experience
  • Apply to graduate school and/or jobs