Quantitative Sciences Major

"I personally think there's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering, because when the data is all being spit out for you, . . . you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data. . . . [S]omeone who is more of a freer thinker." -Mark Cuban, American Businessman & investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Overview

Quantitative Sciences (QSS) provides training that is quantitatively rigorous but with a focus on real-world applications.

With the QSS major, Emory students now have the opportunity to receive thorough quantitative training while they study subjects in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. You’ll take both quantitative classes (such as statistics, game theory, and experimental methods) and classes in an associated substantive discipline based on your area of interest (such as political science, psychology, neuroscience and behavioral biology, history, or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies)*. This unique interdisciplinary approach enables you to learn quantitative theory and methods that apply directly to your academic and career interests—whatever they happen to be.

QSS Parthenon

The QSS major is rigorous, yet accessible to students of all academic interests and mathematical backgrounds. You’re not expected to have a mathematical background beyond algebra and calculus when you first enroll. 

General QSS Track Checklist

The QSS Major Checklist details what coursework is required to complete the B.S. Use this checklist for:

  • Anthropology
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

Specific QSS Track Checklists

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

Details

Learn More About QSS

Substantive Tracks

One of the defining features of our QSS program is teaching students to apply quantitative methods to substantive problems.

Major Map

Structure your semesters to complete the QSS major on time.

Oxford Students

Coming from Oxford? You can also complete a QSS major!

Courses

Descriptions of the courses for QSS majors.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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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Can I pursue a track that isn't currently offered?

If you’re interested in a substantive field not on this list, contact us to discuss it. 

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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?

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 apower3@emory.edu 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