The Quantitative Biosciences Consortium (QBC) at UCSF unifies and integrates these five PhD graduate programs—some with an optional designated emphasis:

  1. Bioengineering (BioE)
  2. Biological and Medical Informatics (BMI)
  3. Biophysics (BP)
  4. Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB)
  5. Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics (PSPG)

Pathway, designated emphasis

A curriculum pathway is an area of academic focus within a PhD program that is not noted on either the doctoral diploma or the student transcript.

A designated emphasis is an area of specialization that can exist within one or more graduate programs. Completion of the requirements for both the designated emphasis and the affiliated PhD program will result in the notation of the designated emphasis on the doctoral diploma and the student transcript.

These options add to the academic breadth of QBC.


QBC does not admit graduate students. Visit the websites of the five graduate programs under the QBC umbrella for admissions information. Students admitted to any of these five graduate programs are automatically welcomed as members of QBC.