Applied Mathematics-Biology

The Applied Math - Biology concentration recognizes that mathematics is essential to address many modern biological problems in the post genomic era. Specifically, high throughput technologies have rendered vast new biological data sets that require novel analytical skills for the most basic analyses. These technologies are spawning a new "data-driven" paradigm in the biological sciences and the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology. The foundations of these new fields are inherently mathematical, with a focus on probability, statistical inference, and systems dynamics. These mathematical methods apply very broadly in many biological fields including some like population growth, spread of disease, that predate the genomics revolution. Nevertheless, the application of these methods in areas of biology from molecular genetics to evolutionary biology has grown very rapidly in with the availability of vast amounts of genomic sequence data. Required coursework in this program aims at ensuring expertise in mathematical and statistical sciences, and their application in biology. The students will focus in particular areas of biology. The program culminates in a senior capstone experience that pairs student and faculty in creative research collaborations. 

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

Required coursework in this program aims at ensuring expertise in mathematical and statistical sciences, and their application in biology. The students will focus in particular areas of biology. The program culminates in a senior capstone experience that pairs student and faculty in creative research collaborations. Applied Math – Biology concentrators are prepared for careers in medicine, public health, industry and academic research.

Required Courses:

Students are required to take all of the following courses.

Select one of the following sequences:2
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
   and Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
   and Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
One (1) additional APMA approved 1000-level course.1
MATH 0090Introductory Calculus, Part I (or equivalent placement)1
MATH 0100Introductory Calculus, Part II (or equivalent placement)1
or MATH 0170 Advanced Placement Calculus
MATH 0180Intermediate Calculus1
MATH 0520Linear Algebra (or an approved applied math course)1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure 11
PHYS 0030Basic Physics1
or PHYS 0050 Foundations of Mechanics
PHYS 0040Basic Physics1
or PHYS 0060 Foundations of Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
Additional Courses
In addition to required courses listed above, students must take the following:
Two additional courses in applied math, biology, chemistry, math, or physics. At least one of these must be a directed research course that reflects the theme of this program, for example:2
Independent Study
Directed Research/Independent Study
Directed Research/Independent Study
Four biology courses agreed upon by the student and advisor, for example:4
Areas of Emphasis and Suggested Courses:
A breadth of courses in multiple areas is suggested. For students with particular interests, the following areas of emphasis can be considered.
Introductory Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry
Chemical Biology
Advanced Biochemistry
Cells, Tissues, and Organs
Principles of Physiology
Cell Physiology and Biophysics
Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
and/or appropriate bioengineering courses, such as:
Polymer Science for Biomaterials
Tissue Engineering
Stem Cell Engineering
Any Neurosciences courses (NEUR)
Mathematical Methods in the Brain Sciences
Population Biology and Ecology
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Ecology
The Evolution of Plant Diversity
Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Genetics
Experimental Design in Ecology
Computational Theory of Molecular Evolution and Population Genetics
Other courses with permission.
Evolutionary Genetics
Total Credits17

It is recommended that some concentrators take organic chemistry or biochemistry.