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 0080 Brain and Behavior
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

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.

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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