MS Capstone Courses & Timeline

Take core courses in the first two quarters, then choose a specialization pathway by spring quarter.

Courses by Pathway

View sample course lists and timelines based on the specialization you choose. 

Data Science

Statistical Genetics

Modeling and Methods

Learn the statistical and computing tools that are unlocking the puzzles of big data and its potential to dramatically improve health of individuals and communities.

Sample Timeline for Data Science

First Year

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
BIOST 514 Biostatistics I BIOST 515 Biostatistics II BIOST 579 Data Analysis and Reporting Optional internship or research project
BIOST 561 Computational Skills for Biostatistics I BIOST 562 Computational Skills for Biostatistics II BIOST 524 Design of Medical Studies, BIOST 527 Nonparametric Regression and Classification or BIOST 540 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis
Statistical Inference for Biometry I* Statistical Inference for Biometry II*
Public Health Concepts I* Public Health Concepts II* Public Health Concepts III*

Second Year

Autumn Winter
BIOST 536 Categorical Data Analysis in Epidemiology BIOST 537 Survival Data Analysis in Epidemiology
BIOST 544 Introduction to Biomedical Data Science BIOST 546 Machine Learning for Biomedical and Public Health Big Data
Capstone Project I* Capstone Project II*

Core Courses

Pathway Courses

Learn the mathematical and biological science that underpins our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases and leads to cutting-edge advances in precision medicine.

Sample Timeline for Statistical Genetics

First Year

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
BIOST 514 Biostatistics I BIOST 515 Biostatistics II BIOST 579 Data Analysis and Reporting Optional internship or research project
BIOST 561 Computational Skills for Biostatistics I BIOST 562 Computational Skills for Biostatistics II BIOST 550 Statistical Genetics I: Mendelian Traits
Statistical Inference for Biometry I* Statistical Inference for Biometry II* BIOST 527 Nonparametric Regression and Classification or BIOST 540 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis
Public Health Concepts I* Public Health Concepts II* Public Health Concepts III*

Second Year

Autumn Winter
BIOST 551 Statistical Genetics II: Quantitative Traits GENOME 540 Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology: Genome and Protein Sequence Analysis
BIOST 570 Advanced Regression Methods for Independent Data BIOST 552 Statistical Genetics III: Design and Analysis
BIOST 581 Statistical Genetics Seminar --
Capstone Project I* Capstone Project II*

Core Courses

Pathway Courses

Learn advanced mathematical and statistical techniques that allow us to analyze complex data structures and simulate realistic biological systems, all with the goal of making the next big leap in improving human health.

Sample Timeline for Modeling and Methods

First Year

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
BIOST 514 Biostatistics I BIOST 515 Biostatistics II BIOST 579 Data Analysis and Reporting Optional internship or research project
BIOST 561 Computational Skills for Biostatistics I BIOST 562 Computational Skills for Biostatistics II BIOST 527 Nonparametric Regression and Classification
Statistical Inference for Biometry I* Statistical Inference for Biometry II* STAT 559 Measure Theory
Public Health Concepts I* Public Health Concepts II* Public Health Concepts III*

Second Year

Autumn Winter
BIOST 570 Advanced Regression Methods for Independent Data BIOST 571 Advanced Regression Methods for Dependent Data
STAT 516 Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data STAT 517 Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data
BIOST 580 Seminar in Biostatistics BIOST 580 Seminar in Biostatistics
Capstone Project I* Capstone Project II*

Core Courses

Pathway Courses

*Course numbers pending.