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Quantitative Biosciences with Engineering

Quantitative Biosciences with Engineering

Program Description

The graduate program in Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering brings together faculty across the Mines campus working on diverse areas of biology to educate students, with at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or science, in the diverse field of biology. Biology deals broadly with life on this planet, the human organism and its health, and harnessing biological processes to produce fuels, chemicals and consumer products. Thus, biology in general and human health and well-being, in particular, are important application areas for virtually all other areas of science, technology and engineering. This is reflected in the fact that any academic discipline exists today with a bio-prefix, such as biophysics, biochemistry, bioengineering, mathematical biology, computational biology, systems biology, structural biology, biomedicine, biomaterials, biomechanics, bioinformatics, biological chemistry, geobiology, environmental biology and microbiology to name just a few. Similarly, health is included in many labels, e.g. digital healthcare, health economics and health informatics. Educating students at the interfaces of biology, health and engineering with other disciplines is a primary goal of this program.

Many departments at Mines jointly administer this cross-departmental program in interdisciplinary biosciences. The program co-exists alongside strong disciplinary programs, in chemistry and geochemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering and metallurgical and materials engineering, civil and environmental engineering, economics, geology and geological engineering and geophysics, and thus draws from the strengths of these programs through close links and joint courses. For administrative purposes, the student will reside in the advisor’s home academic department. The student’s graduate committee will have final approval of the course of study.

Fields of Research

Research at Mines in this rapidly growing field currently includes but is not limited to the following general areas:

  • Laser Design and Imaging
  • Biofuels and Metabolic Engineering
  • Omics and Systems Biology
  • Environmental Toxicology and Microbiology
  • Biosensors and Devices
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biofluid mechanics
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials
  • Physical Biochemistry
  • Biophysics and Analytical Methodology Development
  • Digital Healthcare
  • Mathematical Biology

More than 45 faculty members across the Mines campus participate in this program, which will in the future also involve faculty of nearby collaborating institutions and scientists from the biotech/healthcare industry.

Additional program information is available at the Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering website.

Doctor of Philosophy 

  • Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering

Master of Science

  • Quantitative Biosciences and Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis options)



  • A bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. All students with a bachelor’s degree and an interest in the quantitative aspects of biology and health applications will be considered.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants who have graduated from Mines within the past five years are not required to submit GRE scores.
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 79 or higher (or 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test) is required. In lieu of a TOEFL score, an IELTS score of 6.5 will be accepted.
  • BIOL598. SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOLOGY. 6.0 Semester Hrs.
  • BIOL599. INDEPENDENT STUDY. 0.5-6 Semester Hr.

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Priority: December 15, 2018

International: March 1, 2019

Domestic: July 1, 2019

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