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Biometrics and Biostatistics


Programs in biometrics and biostatistics prepare people to use math to study biomedical research and biological sciences.

Biometrics and biostatistics programs include topics such as:

In some programs students may be able to focus on either biometrics or biostatistics.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in biometrics and biostatistics. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in biometrics and biostatistics. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in biometrics and biostatistics. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

The field of biostatistics and biometrics can also be applied to areas such as environmental study, agriculture, and general biological research.

Biometric technology can be used to take biological features of people, such as their eyes (retina scans) or voices, and use them as security devices.


King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Western Washington University