Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is an integrated program of coursework and research wherein students master the fundamentals of statistical inference and modeling while also gaining additional expertise in an area of emphasis. The M.S. requires students to complete original research and gain understanding of the biology and ecology of their study system.

Core Coursework (30 credits):

QERM 597 – QERM Fall Seminar (2 credits)

QERM 597 – QERM Winter Seminar (2 credits)

QERM 514 – Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (4 credits)

BIOST 522- Statistical Inference for Biometry I (4 credits)

BIOST 523- Statistical Inference for Biometry II (4 credits)

SEFS 540 – Optimization Techniques for Natural Resources (5 credits)

CSE 583 – Software Engineering for Data Scientists (4)

AMATH 523 – Mathematical Analysis in Biology and Medicine (5) (even years)


AMATH 535 – Mathematical Ecology (5) (odd years)


Additional electives are selected with the guidance of the thesis supervisory committee.

Thesis credits:

QERM 700 – Master’s Thesis (minimum 9 credits)

UW Graduate School Requirements:

In addition to the requirements established by QERM, students must also meet all requirements established by the UW Graduate School at the time of degree completion.


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