Frequently Asked Questions

Our most commonly asked questions about the Quantitative Sciences major are answered on this page. Take a gander!

What is the Quantitative Sciences (QSS) major?

The Quantitative Sciences major combines intensive quantitative training with studies in a specific major in the social sciences, natural sciences, or humanities. Its purpose is to teach you to draw well-reasoned inferences about the world from data through data science, substantive expertise, and technical communication. In other words, QSS is the intersection of data science and the liberal arts.

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Is QSS a STEM major? Is it a BS or a BA degree?

Yes, QSS is a STEM major. 

QSS is a Bachelor of Science degree. We do not offer a BA. 

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How many courses / credit hours do I need to complete the QSS major?

As a QSS major, you’ll take a minimum of seven quantitative courses and a minimum of six courses in your substantive area of interest. The Quantitative Sciences degree requires 50 credit hours. Some substantive fields require more than 50 credit hours because of additional curriculum requirements.

Effective Fall 2017: students who declare Fall 2017 and after will take a minimum of nine quantitative courses instead of seven. The two additional required courses are QTM 150 and QTM 151. Both are one-credit statistical computing courses. They are also highly recommended for all QSS majors, even those who are already declared.

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What kind of quantitative courses will I take?

You’ll take:

  • CALC I, MATH 111, MATH 115, MATH 119, or equivalent test/transfer credit

Four core courses:

  • QTM 110: Introduction to Scientific Methods
  • QTM 120: Math for Quantitative Sciences
  • QTM 150: Intro to Statistical Computing I (for students who declared Fall 2017 and after)
  • QTM 151: Intro to Statistical Computing II (for students who declared Fall 2017 and after)
  • QTM 210: Probability and Statistics
  • QTM 220: Regression Analysis

Three upper-level elective courses (any 300- or 400-level seminar / lecture style QTM course):

  • Elective course topics change every semester and include topics like Statistical and Machine Learning, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Experimental Methods, Game Theory I/II, Survey Research Methods, Computational Modeling, Longitudinal/Panel Data Analysis, Bayesian Statistics, Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, Data Science Computing, Practical Approaches to Data Science with Text, Social Network Analysis, and Social Choice Theory.

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What substantive tracks can I choose from?

Approved tracks currently include:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • English 
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

These are planned and approved tracks. If you’re interested in a substantive field not on this list, contact us to discuss it. 

*Human Health is not an available track in the Quantitative Sciences major

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What kind of substantive (track) courses will I take? Once I choose a track, what track courses am I required to take?

Guidelines / Limitations

Some tracks are defined (have specific courses required), others are undefined (do not have specific courses required). Check here to see what your track looks like.

  • For undefined tracks, QSS majors may take no more than two substantive courses at the 100-level. Remaining courses must be at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level, with at least one of those courses being taken at the 300- or 400-level.
  • For undefined tracks or undefined parts of tracks in QSS, any course that is accepted as a major course in the home department's degree programs is also accepted as a substantive track course. For example, if you pursue the Sociology track, any SOC course that is considered a part of the Sociology major is considered an acceptable course in the Sociology track. For any SOC course that is not considered a Sociology major course, it is similarly not considered a Sociology track course option in QSS. 

Other than those requirements, what courses you take are up to you! Keep in mind that any course prerequisites still apply, and that we have no control over restrictions set by other departments.


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I chose a track, but I need help choosing track courses. What do you recommend I take?

  • Are you pursuing one of the unstructured tracks in QSS? Are you unsure of what substantive courses to choose? 
  • Are you pursuing a structured track in QSS and have an open elective or two to complete? Are you unsure of what elective to choose?

We compiled a list of substantive courses that may be of interest to you! This list includes track eligible courses that contain a quantitative component. 

List of Substantive Courses of Potential Interest to QSS Students

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I want to take a course for my [History] track, but the course doesn't have a [HIST] label. Can I still take the course to fulfill a track requirement?

If the department in question accepts the course as one of their major courses or as an equivalent course, we will accept the course. We defer to the home department for each substantive track. 

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Can I double major in QSS and another subject? Will the same courses count toward both majors?

Yes, you can double major:

  • You can complete one major, two majors, or one major and one minor.
  • You can only double count two courses between any two majors or a major and a minor. That means that if you pursue QSS with and ECON track and a Political Science major, a maximum of two courses between these two majors can overlap.
  • A number of double majors may not be allowed. Check with your faculty advisor or Ann Powers to ensure your double major is allowed.
  • Double majoring can affect your ability to graduate on time; you will need to map out your schedule carefully to ensure you can complete two majors in four years

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I have AP Statistics credit. Does this credit count towards any courses in the major?

No. Students who receive a 4 or 5 on the AP Statistics exam may receive general credit towards the 124 academic hours for graduation; however, the course does not substitute for QTM 100 or any requirements in the QSS major. 

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Will I graduate in time if I pursue the QSS major?

Every course of study is different. We’ll sit down with you and review your particular plan so that you know what to expect. E-mail Ann Powers, Academic Department Administrator, at or call 404-727-6830

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How can I declare this major?

You can declare the QSS major online here, after which QTM will email you with further instructions.

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I took all the minimum requirements and I don't have 50 credits. Can I graduate?

You will need to take additional QTM or track courses to graduate. Emory requires a minimum of 50 credits to graduate with a B.S. in Quantitative Sciences

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