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2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Quantitative Biology and Biostatistics Minor

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Biological Sciences
Denise Garcia, Ph.D.
William Kristan, Ph.D.
George Vourlitis, Ph.D.

Olaf Hansen, Ph.D.

Program of Study

Biology is becoming far more data-rich and computationally intensive. As a result, effective training of 21st-century biologists requires dedicated training of students in quantitative and computational analyses. The purpose of the Minor in Quantitative Biology and Biostatistics is to provide Biological Sciences and related majors formal recognition of their expanded knowledge and skills in scientific computing, modeling, and statistics that will result from completion of a suite of required and elective courses. Students who complete this minor will be well prepared for graduate study, work in the private sector, or positions with government agencies or non-profits. Regardless of their choice of a career, the skills students gain in this minor will serve them well.

The minor requires completion of nine courses (32-33 units), five courses (15-16 units) of which must be at the 300-500 level. The four required lower-division courses (17 units) are also required for majors in the biological sciences and can be double-counted. At least two courses (6 units) at the 300-500 level must be completed at Cal State San Marcos. Each course counted toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. At least three upper-division courses (9-10 units) must be exclusive to the minor (i.e., not double-counted for the major and minor). The remaining six courses (23-24 units) may also be used to fulfill requirements and electives for any of the concentrations in the B.S. degree in Biological Sciences. Students are advised that some courses have prerequisites, and should plan accordingly.

Required Courses

Lower-Division (17 Units)

* Can be double-counted for lower-division requirements for majors in Biological Sciences and related areas

Upper-Division (6 Units)


** If not taken to satisfy one of the UD required courses

Total (32-33 Units)

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