Substantive Tracks

What can you pair with the quantitative training in this major? A lot! Students may choose one substantive track to pursue within Quantitative Sciences. Take a look at our various approved tracks below - some follow a basic six-course structure, while others require specific sets of courses.

Don't see the academic field you want in this list? Contact us to discuss your options.

Anthropology

Combining a QSS major with our Anthropology track gives you intellectual foundation as well as the technical skills and methods to examine everything from how ideals and norms spread to health disparities at the global and regional level.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six Anthropology courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level Anthropology courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level Anthropology course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Craig Hadley
Careers A strong quantitative background gives you plenty of options in the field of anthropology. Tech firms such as Microsoft hire anthropologists to study how actual customers use their products. The federal government and global agencies employ anthropologists to oversee programs in areas such as health policy and development. Anthropologists with quantitative skills are also attractive to market research firms that conduct in-depth research that combines statistical analysis with targeted focus groups.
Research

Anthropologists focus on questions of how humans differ and how they are the same, as well as what social, evolutionary, and environmental factors are responsible for those differences. Quantitatively driven anthropology research will enable you pursue a wide range of topics, including:

  • The intersection of culture and healthcare by exploring the relationship between patients’ choices of procedures and their cultural backgrounds;
  • The evolution of human languages;
  • Promoting a culture of sustainability; and
  • Global questions, such as the international diffusion of cultural ideals and norms or health disparities across the world.
Graduate Study Depending on your ultimate career goals, you might choose to earn an MD or PhD in anthropology. If you’re interested in medical anthropology (the social and cultural influences on health, illness, and healing), you may be interested in pursuing joint graduate programs offering a master’s of science and a master’s of public health in applied anthropology and public health.

A little advice about ANT courses...

  • ANT 201 is a foundational class in Anthropology. The class is very popular, so if you are interested in enrolling please email me and Heather Carpenter (heather.carpenter@emory.edu) in Anthropology as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot

Biological Anthropology

Our Biological Anthropology track enables you to put your major to work through a broad range of research possibilities studying the biological diversity of the human species.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete ANT 201 & ANT 202
  3. Complete a Human Biology designated course
  4. Complete a Social Science & Medicine designated course 
  5. Complete an Evolution and Behavior designated course 
  6. Complete a Cultural Anthropology designated course 
  7. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Craig Hadley
Careers

With a background in quantitative analysis and biological anthropology, you can pursue a career in academia or out. Research programs at major universities need scholars with rigorous research design and quantitative skills. Leading research institutes and global agencies such as the National Institute of Health, the CDC, and global health organizations like the Gates Foundation and the Institute for Health Metrics are also investing heavily in research in the biological sciences. Major corporations throughout the healthcare industry, from Pfizer and Eli Lilly to Deloitte and Accenture, are consistently hiring people who understand human biology and data analysis.

Research

Opportunities for quantitatively inclined students studying biological anthropology at Emory include research projects that involve the statistical analysis of anthropological survey data from diverse field sites around the world, health survey data, as well as analysis of stone tools and other archeological data. You’ll also benefit from:

  • Biological anthropology research at Emory focused on strengthening the statistical rigor of research in such diverse areas as the evolution of language, cross-species differs in behavior and biology, and the diversity of human biology;
  • On-going research in the areas of HIV/AIDS, endocrinology and genetics, and global mental health, among others; and
  • Researchers working specifically with data mining, processing, and the extraction of relevant data from large and diverse datasets, as well as those analyzing and characterizing data whether from MRI studies or people living in remote parts of the world.
Graduate Study

Graduating from Emory with quantitative research skills and a focus on biological anthropology, you’ll have plenty of graduate school options that fit your interests and career goals. Along with earning advanced degrees in biological anthropology, you can pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics or biotechnology or study public health or epidemiology. Thinking about a career in medicine or medical research? You may continue towards an MD or PhD.

A little advice about ANT courses...

  • ANT 201 is a foundational class in Anthropology, and required for the Biological Anthropology track. The class is very popular, so if you are interested in enrolling please email me and Heather Carpenter (heather.carpenter@emory.edu) in Anthropology as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot

Biology

Our Biology track enables you to apply your quantitative expertise to areas like disease ecology, genetics/genomics, and computational neuroscience.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete BIOL 141/141L and 142/142L
  3. Complete CHEM 141 or 142
  4. Complete PHYS 151 or 152
  5. Choose one of two focuses: Neurobiology or Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution (PBEE)
  6. Neurobiology focus: complete BIOL 360, 450, and two electives
  7. PBEE focus: complete BIOL 241, 247, and two electives

Use this checklist to track your progress and choose electives

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Sam Sober
Careers

Your understanding of biological sciences and your skills in rigorous research design and methods will open doors to many career possibilities. Outside of academia, numerous research institutes and global agencies invest in the biological sciences. For example, the National Institute of Health has a Data Science Division with programs dedicated to big data in the biomedical sciences. Your background and training will also give you a competitive edge in major industries. Pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly, and healthcare consultancies like Deloitte, Epic, and Accenture regularly recruit graduates who can combine knowledge of biological sciences and quantitative skills.

Research

Along with the quantitative skills you’ll learn in the major, Emory offers a host of opportunities for further research.

  • Biology research at Emory stands out for its application and development of cuttingedge quantitative tools to study everything from how the brain processes information to the interactions of pathogens and hosts.
  • Some researchers focus specifically on data mining, processing, and the extraction of relevant data from large and diverse datasets. Others examine the analytics and interpretation of diverse information sources, focusing on the analysis and characterization of data.
  • Quantitatively inclined students studying biology at Emory can participate in ongoing research projects studying pathology imaging, computational infrastructure, and systems biology.
Graduate Study

Depending on your interests and career goals, you might pursue graduate study in biostatistics and biotechnology, or—if you’re more interested in policy—in public health or epidemiology. If your research interests are focused on eventually practicing medicine, our programs are an ideal foundation for earning either an MD or PhD.

A little advice about BIOL courses...

  • BIOL 450 is a permissio only course. 

East Asian Studies

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six EAS courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level EAS courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level EAS course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor TBD

Economics

The Economics track within the major is the perfect opportunity for you apply your skills to real-world questions about the forces that shape daily life.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six Economics courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level Economics courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level Economics course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Advisor Dr. Zhongjian Lin
Careers

Public- and private-sector employers want graduates with a background in economics and research methods. Economics graduates are particularly attractive to research institutes and think tanks such as the National Bureau of Economics Research and RAND Corporation. You also have the foundation for careers with firms like Cornerstone Research and Bain and Company as a financial analyst or economic consultant.

Research

Economics research in the field of economics asks questions about the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It also focuses on how economies are organized and how this organization shapes individual behavior.

  • Economists interested in the flow of finance across international borders explore the implications of foreign aid on economic performance and long-term growth.
  • To better understand income distribution within a country, economists might design a project examining the effects of redistribution on economic development or how gentrification programs affect education performance.
Graduate Study

In addition to graduate programs in economics, you’ll be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in public policy or administration. If you’re considering law school, you could always earn either a JD or joint JD/PhD with a focus on law and economics.

A little advice about ECON courses...

  • Economics courses tend to be more hierarchical than in other departments (i.e., many courses require a number of foundational prerequisites). We created a helpful guide to ECON courses for our students so planning your schedule is a little easier.
  • This guide will also help distinguish useful classes for QSS majors to take, and classes that cover similar topics to QSS courses and are therefore redundant.

 

English

Our English track enables you to use quantitative analysis to understand how people communicate. This combination of skills will put you at the forefront of nearly every field.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six English courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level English courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level English course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor TBD
Careers

By combining English with a quantitative methods background, you’re particularly well-prepared to pursue careers in journalism, marketing communications, publishing, technical writing, and grant writing—although the combination of strong communication skills and quantitative acumen qualifies you for positions well beyond these areas. Nearly every technology firm needs technical writers who can gather, develop, and disseminate technical information to customers, designers, and manufacturers. Publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Wired rely on writers who can comprehend, analyze, and explain complex quantitative data. Additionally, it is common for schools of design, engineering, and business to hire individuals with this combination of writing and technical training as instructors.

Research

Quantitative studies in English comprise a substantial part of the research taking place in the burgeoning field of digital humanities. Researchers in English apply digital and quantitative methods as they:

  • Investigate genre, stylistics, and grammar using large corpora of texts from different registers (e.g., conversation, formal speech, narrative fiction, academic article);
  • Conduct “distant readings” of up to millions of books at a time through data mining and visualization;
  • Visualize the circulation of texts and people through space and time by using geographic information system (GIS) tools.
  • Curate and explore digital archives.
  • Analyze how and why writers employ quantitative arguments intexts from a variety of fields both in and outside the university.
  • Assess their academic programs via portfolios or other corpora of student texts.
Graduate Study

Interested in pursuing a graduate degree? English-studies programs that emphasize digital methods as well as programs in technical communication, rhetoric and scientific communication, applied linguistics, human-computer interaction, library science, and museum studies—all of which are available at the master’s and Ph.D. levels—will enable you to build on your combined skills. Technical-writing degrees prepare you for leadership positions designing and producing technical content, supervising publication departments, and improving human/machine interaction. Graduate programs in rhetoric and scientific communication train you to conduct research in scientific and technical communication in industry or government.

History

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six HIST courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level HIST courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level HIST course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor TBD

Informatics

A QSS major with a focus in informatics, the science of processing data for storage and retrieval, is the perfect combination for studying a field that is becoming more and more central to everything we do.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete CS 153
  3. Complete CS 170
  4. Complete CS 171
  5. Complete CS 325
  6. Complete CS 370
  7. Complete CS 377
  8. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Advisor

Dr. Jinho Choi
Careers

A background in informatics prepares you for careers in information technology and data science. The technology industry needs employees with these skills in their data sciences and software engineering divisions. Have a specific interest, such as health informatics? There are opportunities at consulting firms, government agencies, as well as throughout the private sector

Research

 A critical area of informatics research focuses on optimizing the storage, organization, management, and retrieval of all types of data including medical, public health, web, and biological. Another growing area of informatics research is data mining and machine learning techniques, studying algorithms and methods for gaining insights through data to construct more intelligent and effective systems.

Graduate Study

A variety of advanced degree tracks ranging from graduate certifications to master’s and Ph.D. programs are available. You’ll also find dual master’s degree programs in fields such as data science, scientific computing, security informatics, or intelligent systems engineering. Many schools also have graduateprograms in biomedical informatics.

A little advice about Informatics courses...

  • A word to this wise: take CS 370  after completing CS 325 or CS 377. CS 370 has a prerequisite of any CS course at the 200-level or higher, so unless you want to take an extra course, only enroll in CS 370 after completing another upper-level CS course.
  • Remember that CS 171 is a prerequisite for both CS 325 and CS 377.

International Studies

With our International Studies track, you can explore the activities of political institutions and multinational organizations using a data-driven approach.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete POLS 110 or 120
  3. Complete POLS 210 or 220
  4. Complete a geographic area course
  5. Complete a geographic area course
  6. Complete an area concentration course 
  7. Complete an area concentration course
  8. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Pablo Montagnes
Careers

A background in international studies along with training in quantitative skills and methods prepares you for careers requiring both rigorous research and an understanding of international politics. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as global agencies like the World Development Bank and Amnesty International, employ individuals who can design and implement programs in everything from economic development to environmental protection. This background also makes you attractive to private research institutes—such as the Peterson Institute, Heritage Foundation, RAND Corporation, the Foreign Policy Research Institute— that conduct in-depth research that combines statistical analysis with a deep understanding of the global community.

Research

Research in international studies explores the multifaceted relationships among countries and the state’s connections with intergovernmental and international organizations. It encompasses international law, the global economy, and the onset and resolution of conflict, among other topics.

  • Researchers seeking to understand the design and implementation of human rights treaties analyze cross-national data on national compliance and punishment for violations.
  • Those interested in global economic issues might study questions relating to international development and the activities of multinational organizations.
Graduate Study

A host of graduate programs provide continued training in this area. In addition to pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in international studies or political science, you can pursue graduate education in global health or political economy. If you’re looking to pursue a career in international law, most top law schools provide focuses or concentrations.

A little advice about International Studies courses...

  • Remember that when choosing geographic area courses, both courses must be taken in the same geographic area.
  • When choosing area concentration courses, both courses must be taken in the same area.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six LACS courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level LACS courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level LACS course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Jeff Staton

Linguistics

Our Linguistics track will teach you to model knowledge and language computationally and to use data to find patterns in how people acquire language and track linguistic variations across speakers and geography.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete LING 101
  3. Complete LING 201
  4. Complete LING 401
  5. Complete LING 210, 212, or 214
  6. Complete two LING electives at the 200-level or above
  7. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Phil Wolff
Careers

A background in linguistics provides a variety of career options ranging from work in speech recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, and artificial intelligence to consulting for advertising companies and law enforcement agencies. If you’re more interested in writing, there are also significant opportunities in technical writing, which requires dual competencies in technical topics as well as effective communication.

Research

Computational linguists at Emory’s Intelligent Information Access Lab are pioneering techniques for mining user behavior in web search and online social networks by developing methods for large-scale content analysis and information extraction. They’re also figuring out how to apply this learning to medical informatics.

Graduate Study

As a QSS major with a Linguistics track you can continue your studies in graduate school and pursue a master’s or Ph.D. in a variety of subjects including linguistics, cognitive science, communication studies, and computer science. Professional programs including those for degrees in law, speech pathology, and library and information sciences also complement the skills you’ll gain studying linguistics.

A little advice about LING courses...

  • LING 101 does not have to be taken before LING 201.
  • LING 201 is a typical prerequisite for many upper-level LING courses; we recommend you take it early. It is also offered every semester.
  • LING 401 is only offered in the spring, is permission only, and is reserved for seniors.
  • Some upper-level LING courses are cross listed with Spanish, which means they are taught in Spanish. Watch out for those if you aren’t fluent!

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Interested in combining quantitative studies with neuroscience and behavioral biology? Our specialized track gives you the opportunity to study the brain and human cognition both biologically and psychologically using data-driven methods.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete BIOL 141/141L and 142/142L
  3. Complete CHEM 141 or 221
  4. Complete CHEM 241 or 222
  5. Complete NBB 201
  6. Complete NBB 301
  7. Complete NBB 302
  8. Complete NBB 401 or 402
  9. Complete two NBB electives 
  10. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Current NBB DUS
Careers

By pursuing a quantitative degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology, you’ll have a variety of opportunities in labs at both research institutes and major universities. Or, go to work for the technology industry—software companies are increasingly employing neuroscientists to work on projects that require understanding human behavior.

Research

Pursuing a QSS degree with neuroscience and behavioral biology prepares you for research in computational neuroscience—the study of brain function in terms of the information processing properties of the structures that make up the nervous system. Research in the field examines the functional and biologically realistic neurons (and neural systems), their physiology, and their dynamics.

Graduate Study

Wondering what else you can do with this degree? You’re ready to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience and computational neuroscience or earn an advanced degree in fields such as mechanical engineering, bioengineering, neural engineering, or public health. If you’re interested in practicing medicine, many medical schools now have neuroscience research tracks.

A little advice about NBB courses...

  • NBB 201 is now taught only in the fall. It is no longer taught in the spring.
  • Having trouble enrolling in NBB 201, 301, 302, or 401? Please email Ann Powers ASAP at apower3@emory.edu.

Political Science

Our Political Science track will give you the fundamental skills to stand out in the increasingly data-driven world of political research.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete POLS 100, 110, or 120
  3. Complete POLS 200, 210, or 220
  4. Complete one POLS research class
  5. Complete three POLS courses of your choosing
  6. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Pablo Montagnes
Careers

Quantitatively trained political scientists can pursue careers that leverage their understanding of politics and policy and their rigorous research design and method skills. With this background, you’re prepared to work with everyone from the Department of Defense to political-strategy consultancies to global agencies like the World Health Organization. Knowing how to work with data also makes you attractive to survey and polling firms such as PEW, Nielsen, and YouGov. If you’re specifically interested in national security, numerous research institutessuch as RAND Corporation and the Brookings Institute,as well as government agencies like the NationalDefense Research Institute,hire political scientists with quantitative backgrounds.

Research

Research in the field of political science examines the relationships underlying political events and conditions to construct general principles about the way the world of politics works.

  • Researchers in political science might work with large crossnational datasets to test theories of institutional design and state building.
  • Political scientists examine detailed Congressional voting records to better understand the role of political parties in legislative decision-making.
Graduate Study

A background in quantitative political science prepares you for master’s and PhD programs in political science as well as related fields that include international studies, political economy, and economics. You’re also ready for graduate study in public health or public policy. Additionally, the combination of quantitative training and political science makes you highly competitive for law school.

A little advice about POLS courses...

  • 200-level POLS courses are currently offered in the spring.
  • All 200-level POLS courses have corresponding 100-level prerequisites (e.g., POLS 110 is a pre-req for POLS 210).
  • Regarding POLS research seminars: these courses are generally labeled POLS 394 or POLS 494 or contain “RCH” in the course title.
  • POLS 394’s and 494’s have QTM 100 (or equivalents QTM 220 or ECON 220 or POLS 310) and POLS 208 (QTM 110) as prerequisites.

Psychology

Pursuing a QSS major with a focus in psychology gives you the opportunity to use your skills working with data to better understand human behavior.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six Psychology courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level Psychology courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level Psychology course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Barbara Strock
Careers

Psychologists with quantitative skills and methods have a competitive advantage in a wide range of fields. Outside of academia, think tanks, such as Brookings and RAND Corporation, and market research firms, like Nielsen and YouGov, hire psychologists who can integrate an understanding of decision-making with information processing. Want to contribute to public policy and considerations of public health issues? With the training you receive, you’ll be well-prepared to do it.

Research

 Whatever their particular focus, quantitative psychologists require the methods and techniques for measuring human attributes, modeling psychological processes, designing research studies, and analyzing data.

  • In the area of cognition and development, research might examine how memory develops from infancy through childhood, focusing specifically on agerelated changes in personal memory.
  • In the field of clinical psychology, researchers explore the molecular and circuit-level mechanisms of psychiatric symptoms related to mood, anxiety, and decisionmaking.
Graduate Study

Along with master’s, Psy.D., and Ph.D. programs in psychology, you can earn an advanced degree in public health or public policy. Or, pursue graduate degrees in education, child studies, or psychological assessment.

Sociology

With our Sociology track, you’ll combine cuttingedge quantitative skills and methods with opportunities to examine the broad social issues affecting our world today.

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six Sociology courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level Sociology courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level Sociology course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor Dr. Jeff Mullis
Careers

By combining quantitative training with a background in sociology, you’re prepared to pursue careers in a variety of fields—social and public services, management, media, education, healthcare, sales marketing, and policy domains. You can also find careers in government agencies as well as the private sector. Law firms and consumer-product companies employ sociologists to conduct research on a variety of topics. Sociologists working for non-profit service agencies research the efficacy of agency services and innovative social interventions.

Research

Research in sociology examines social causes and consequences of human behavior, which encompasses investigations into the structure of groups, the nature of organizations, and how people interact in such contexts.

  • Sociologists interested in social inequality may explore the impact of the digital divide on students’ achievements in school.
  • Researchers may choose to focus on factors affecting how immigrants adjust to American life.
  • In the growing field of health, researchers tackle a wide variety of issues, including racial disparities in health, the influence of the organization of health care on costs and access, and physical, mental, and social factors affecting well-being.
Graduate Study

When it comes to graduate school, a quantitative background in sociology makes you an ideal candidate for master’s and Ph.D. programs in sociology, social work, public health, education, communication and media studies, criminal justice, and public policy. It’s also a great foundation for medical school or law school.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

How it works:

  1. Complete Calc I + 4 QTM core courses + 3 QTM electives
  2. Complete a minimum of six WGS courses
  3. Don't take more than two 100-level WGS courses
  4. Take at least one 300- or 400-level WGS course
  5. Make sure you complete 50 credit hours

Use this checklist to track your progress

Primary Advisor Dr. Adam Glynn
Secondary (track) Advisor TBD