# Undergraduate Degree Requirements

### The Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Biology

#### Core Requirements

The Mathematical Biology major will require the completion of 43 credits in mathematics. Each of these courses must be taken for a letter grade, and a grade of C or better must be earned in each.

**Three Calculus courses (12 credits)**

MATH 0220 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1

MATH 0230 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2

MATH 0240 or 0245 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3

**Two introductory theoretical courses (7 credits)**

MATH 0413 Introduction to Theoretical Mathematics*

MATH 0420 Introduction to Theory 1 – Variable Calculus*

*Note: Qualified students may substitute MATH 0450 Honors Analysis for MATH 0413 and MATH 0420.

**Two Upper-level required courses (6 credits)**

MATH 1180 Linear Algebra 1

MATH 1270 or 1275 Ordinary Differential Equations 1

**Two mathematical biology courses (6 credits)**

MATH 1370 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

MATH 1380 Mathematical Biology

**Two numerical mathematics courses (6 credits)**

MATH 1070 Numerical Mathematical Analysis

MATH 1080 Numerical Linear Algebra

**Two applied analysis courses from the following list (6 credits)**

MATH 1280 Ordinary Differential Equations 2

MATH 1470 Partial Differential Equations 1

MATH 1530 Advanced Calculus 1

MATH 1550 Vector Analysis and Applications

MATH 1560 Complex Variables and Applications

**Additional Requirements (15 credits)**

**Two Biology courses**

BIOSC 0150 Foundations of Biology 1

BIOSC 0160 Foundations of Biology 2

**Two of the following; at least one must be at the 1000 level**

BIOSC 0350 or BIOSC 0355 Genetics

BIOSC 0370 Ecology

BIOSC 1000 Introductory Biochemistry

BIOSC 1070 Human Physiology *or *BIOSC 1250 Human Physiology *or* BIOSC 1870 Animal Physiology

BIOSC 1130 Evolution

BIOSC 1320 Population Biology

BIOSC 1470 Biophysical Chemistry

BIOSC 1500 Cell Biology

BIOSC 1520 Developmental Biology

BIOSC 1540 Computational Biology

BIOSC 1760 Immunology

NROSCI 1000 *or* NROSCI 1003 Introduction to Neuroscience

NROSCI 1011 Functional Neuroanatomy

NROSCI 1012 Neurophysiology

NROSCI 1017 Synaptic Transmission

NROSCI 1034 Neural Basis of Cognition

**One probability or statistics course**

MATH 1510 Mathematical Probability

STAT 1000 Applied Statistics

STAT 1100 Statistics and Probability for Business Management

All Required courses much be completed wth a grade of C or better

Students pursuing the Mathematical Biology major are encouraged to take CHEM 0110 General Chemistry 1 and CHEM 0120 General Chemistry 2, as these courses will satisfy the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences breadth requirement in natural science and will expand their biology and neuroscience course options. Several of the BIOSC courses that fulfill requirements for this major have prerequisites, but some do not have prerequisites. PHYS 0174 Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 1 and PHYS 0175 Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 2 also carry a high degree of relevance for Mathematical Biology majors.

Mathematical Biology students who plan to continue in graduate studies are advised to take advanced calculus, MATH 1530 Advance Calculus 1 and MATH 1540 Advanced Calculus 2. MATH 1370 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience and MATH 1380 Mathematical Biology introduce students to techniques for independent research; students in these courses are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in Mathematical Biology that are available locally and nationally.

### Departmental Honors in Mathematical Biology

The Department also offers an opportunity for students to graduate with departmental honors in mathematical biology. To qualify for departmental honors in mathematical biology, a student must:

- Fulfill all requirements for a degree in mathematical biology.
- Complete the following courses with a grade of A or A-

a. MATH 1370 Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

b. MATH 1380 Mathematical Biology - Complete the following courses with a grade of at least B

a. MATH 1530 Advanced Calculus 1

b. One 2000 level mathematics course (in lieu of an upper level elective) - Complete one of the following:

a. An honors thesis under the direction of a mathematics faculty member (for students seeking a BPhil degree from the Honors College, this requirement could be satisfied by the Honors College Thesis, and course credit for thesis work will normally be awarded as MATH 1902 Directed Study)

b. A 2000 level mathematics course with a grade of at least B, in addition to the course used for requirement 3

Although not required, it is highly recommended that honors degree candidates take the intermediate honors courses Math 1185 and 0450 during the freshman or sophomore year.

Students interested in the departmental honors program should consult with the undergraduate director or department chairperson as early as possible, preferably during the freshman or sophomore year, even if they have not yet declared a major.

The department's Undergraduate Committee is responsible for certifying students who graduate with departmental honors in mathematical biology. The Undergraduate Committee is empowered to make minor changes in requirements based on individual circumstances.

Notes

1. Qualified students may substitute MATH 0450 (Introduction to Analysis) for MATH 0413 and MATH 0420.

2. MATH 1185 requires instructor approval.

### Sample Plan 1

**Year 1, Fall **

MATH 0220 (4 cr)

BIOSC 0150

CHEM 0110

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 1, Spring**

MATH 0230 (4 cr)

BIOSC 0160

CHEM 0120

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 2, Fall**

MATH 0240 (4 cr)

MATH 0413 (W, 4 cr)

BIOSC 0350

PHYSICS 0174

3 Gen Ed credits

**Year 2, Spring**

MATH 1370

MATH 0420

MATH 1180

PHYSICS 0175

3 Gen Ed credits

**Year 3, Fall**

MATH 1270

MATH 1070

STAT 1000

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 3, Spring**

MATH 1380

MATH 1080

BIOSC 1000‐LEVEL

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 4, Fall**

MATH 1470

MATH 1530

additional BIOSC course

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 4, Spring**

MATH 1540

MATH 1560

additional elective

6 Gen Ed credits

### Sample Plan 2

**Year 1, Fall**

MATH 0220 (4 cr)

BIOSC 0150

CHEM 0110

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 1, Spring**

MATH 0230 (4 cr)

BIOSC 0160

CHEM 0120

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 2, Fall**

MATH 0240 (4 cr)

MATH 0413 (W, 4 cr)

BIOSC 0350

PHYSICS 0174

3 Gen Ed credits

**Year 2, Spring**

STAT 1000

MATH 0420

MATH 1180

PHYSICS 0175

3 Gen Ed credits

**Year 3, Fall**

MATH 1270

MATH 1070

BIOSC 1000‐level

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 3, Spring**

MATH 1370

MATH 1080

CHEM 0310/0730

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 4, Fall**

MATH 1470

MATH 1530

additional BIOSC course

6 Gen Ed credits

**Year 4, Spring**

Math 1380

Math 1540

Math 1560

6 Gen Ed credits

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