QCB Certificate FAQ's


What are the QCB certificate prerequisites? 


A: There are two possible tracks for entry into the program, and should be completed by the end of your second year.  Any deviations from the below must be approved by the program director. 

  1. Integrated science: ISC 231-234

                        -OR-

2.   All of the following courses:

    • COS126 or higher
    • MOL214
    • PHY103-104* or PHY103-108* 
    • CHM201-202* 
    • One 200-level math course or higher – OR – one semester of statistics: SML201, ORF245, MOL/EEB355 (but not PSY251)
       

*Please note that students can use their AP credits for the PHY and CHM requirements as per the university’s Reference Table for AP Credit:
                     - AP 5 on Parts I and II of Physics C gives equivalency for PHY103-104
                     - AP 4 on Chemistry gives equivalency for CHM 201 (but not CHM 202)
                     - AP 5 on Chemistry gives equivalency for CHM 201-202


Once I am admitted into the program, what are the requirements? 

  1. QCB302 Research Topics in QCB
     
  2. One choice from the list below:
    1. CHM301 / CHM304
    2. CHM301 / CHM302
    3. CHM337
       
  3. Three electives; please see pre-approved course list on our certificate website (any substitutions must be approved by the program director)
     
  4. Junior and senior independent work, which must have significant overlap with areas in quantitative and computational biology

Do I need to be working in a lab and conducting research in order to enroll in QCB302?


No. If you are a sophomore taking QCB302, you do not need to be working in a lab yet. Our independent work requirement is for your junior and senior years. 


I found a course that I think would be a good elective, but it is not on the pre-approved electives list.  Is there a way to request that it count towards my certificate elective requirements?


Yes.  Send email with your request to the program director (tg2@princeton.edu), with a copy to the program coordinator (jgiraldi@princeton.edu).  Please include the course title and a link to the course description.  If you have a course syllabus, please send that as well. 


How do I know if my independent work in my junior and senior years qualify for the QCB Certificate?


Your independent work must show adequate quantitative and computational biology content and expand upon the existing field.  If you are unsure if your thesis work qualifies for the certificate, please notify our program coordinator, Jennifer Giraldi (jgiraldi@princeton.edu), she will guide you to consult with one of our certificate program committee members: QCB Certificate Program Committee | Lewis-Sigler Institute (princeton.edu)


I am enrolled in the QCB Certificate program and another Princeton certificate program.  Can I use the same course to count for both programs?


No. You cannot double count courses for two different certificate programs.  Students who pursue a certificate in quantitative and computational biology may not also receive a certificate in biophysics.  


Can I use the same course to count towards my department major and the QCB certificate?


Yes.  But please check with your academic department for any special requirements or restrictions on their end.


Can my thesis project be used for both the QCB certificate and my department requirement?


Yes.  But please check with your academic department for any special requirements or restrictions on their end.    


If I am enrolled in the QCB certificate program, are there any other certificate programs I am not permitted to enroll in?


Yes.  Students who pursue a certificate in quantitative and computational biology may not also receive a certificate in biophysics.    


Can I take a course as P/D/F?


No.  Program courses cannot be taken Pass/D/Fail.  A minimum of a B average in program courses and junior and senior independent work is required for successful completion of the program.


How do I apply to the program?


By September 1 of your junior year, please email a completed application to the program coordinator (jgiraldi@princeton.edu).  You will need to include the prerequisite courses you completed, the course work you’ve completed and what you plan to take, as well as what your independent work plan is for your junior and senior years and how it relates to QCB. 


Who do I contact for help?


Please contact our program coordinator, Jennifer Giraldi at jgiraldi@princeton.edu