QERM: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Degree Programs

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The QERM doctoral degree requirements are by The Graduate School and the QERM program. The Graduate School sets University-wide requirements for minimum scholarship, number of required credits, and continuous enrollment. QERM determines the core curriculum and requires a qualifying examination after the completion of the first year of study. A dissertation and an integrated program of coursework and research are also required, during which the student learns the fundamentals of statistical inference, ecological modeling and resource management.

Graduate School Requirements

A student must satisfy the requirements for the degree that are in force at the time the degree is to be awarded. A full description of doctoral degree requirements can be found on the Graduate School web site.

The Graduate School supports all degree program requirements and will not authorize graduation unless the QERM program has indicated that the student has satisfied these requirements. All requirements, including but not limited to oral and written examinations, imposed by the program and/or by the student's supervisory committee must be satisfied.

QERM Doctoral Degree Requirements

Doctoral degree coursework is divided into core and elective courses. Electives are selected with the guidance of the faculty advisor and master’s supervisory committee. A Plan of Study for Doctoral Degree form documenting the required electives must be approved by the supervisory committee and kept in the student’s permanent academic file.

The following courses are required for all doctoral students:

QERM Core Coursework

STAT 516 - Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data I (3 credits)

IND E 599, Section D - Introduction to Optimization (3 credits)
IND E 513 - Linear Optimization Models in Engineering (3)

QERM 597 - QERM Fall Seminar (2 credits)


STAT 517 - Stochastic Modeling of Scientific Data II (3 credits)

BIOL/FISH/CFR 567 - Topics in Advanced Ecology (4 credits)

QERM 597 - QERM Seminar (2 credits)


QERM 514 - Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (4 credits)

SEFS 540 - Optimization Techniques in Natural Resources (5 credits)

*AMATH 523 - Mathematical Analysis in Biology and Medicine (5)
*AMATH 535 - Mathematical Ecology (5) (offered alternating years)


Ecology Elective (from list of recommended ecology electives) - recommended to be taken fall quarter

QSCI 486 - Experimental Design (not required, but recommended during years when the course is offered)
QERM 600 - Independent Study (variable credits)
QERM 800 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits (minimum of 27 credits required)

* Students are encouraged to take AMATH 535 instead of AMATH 523 in the years when AMATH 535 is offered.

After completing the core coursework outlined above the student selects additional coursework in collaboration with their supervisory committee.

A student’s supervisory committee may also recommend a course in scientific writing (TC 509 (Writing the Scientific Article), FISH 521 (Grant Proposal Writing for Graduate Students).

Qualifying Examinations

Students planning to complete the doctoral degree in QERM must pass the QERM qualifying examination after their first year of study.

Master's Degree By-Pass

Students admitted at the pre-master’s level may, under exceptional circumstances, apply to proceed directly to post-master’s study after the successful completing of the QERM qualifying examination at the doctoral level pass. A description of this option is outlined under the Master’s By-Pass section.


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