Honors Math Biology Track


Complexity and diversity of mathematical models and quantitative data applied in life sciences has increased dramatically over the years.  This track prepares students for research-based careers and graduate studies in biological and medical fields such as (but not limited to) genomics, neuroscience, and molecular modeling.

Honors Math Biology Track Requirements

Anyone interested in majoring in biological mathematics will be required to complete the following coursework, with prerequisite work in both math and natural science subject areas. After completing the required courses, students pick elective hours that highlight the focus of their future career and research interests.  Many of the elective options students will take have been pre-selected by faculty in order to fully align this math major to the biological science careers of the future.  Students need 6 credit hours total from the elective options. Coursework must come from both the math and biological science areas.

Honors Math Biology Track Curriculum and Sample Schedule

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Math 1151 Calculus I  and  Math 1152 Calculus II (5 cr.) 
    - OR -
  • Math 1181H Honors Calculus I (5 cr.) 
  • Bio 1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development (4 cr.)
  • Bio 1114 Biological Sciences: Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology (4 cr.)
  • Chem 1210 General Chemistry I (5 cr.)

Biology Track Course Requirements:

Honors Core: At most 2 of the following Honors count toward the "5 Honors eligible courses:"

  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.) - OR - Math 2182H Honors Calculus II
  • Math 3345 or Math 3345H Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Math 2568 or Math 2568H  Linear Algebra (3 cr.)

    Math Biology Core Requirements:
  • Math 4530 Probability(3 cr.)  - OR - Stat 4201 Intro to Mathematical Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Intro to Mathematical Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • Math 3350 Introduction to Mathematical Biology (3 cr.)

    Choose 1 of the following:
  • Biology 3401 Integrated Biology (4 cr.)
  • MolGen 4500 General Genetics (3 cr.)

Applied Math Courses -- Choose ONE path:

Path A:

  • Math 4556 Dynamical Systems 
  • Math 5401 & 5402 Applied Differential Equations I and II
  • Math 5601 Essentials of Numerical Methods 

Path B:

  • Math 4556 Dynamical Systems 
  • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations
  • Math 5601 & 5602 Numerical Methods & Computational PDEs 
  • Math 5401 Applied Differential Equations I

Path C:

  • Math 4556 Dynamical Systems 
  • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations
  • Math 5401 Applied Differential Equations I
  • Math 5651 Math Modeling for Biological Processes
  • Math 5601 Essentials of Numerical Methods