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.

Students may review the requirements and sample schedule for the Math Biology Track on the Math Biology Track Requirements and Sample Schedule [pdf] handout.

Biology Math 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.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Math 1295 Introductory Math Major Seminar (1 cr.)
  • Math 1151 Calculus I (5 cr.)
  • Math 1152 Calculus II (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:

  • Math 2153 Calculus III (4 cr.)
  • Math 3345 Foundations of Higher Mathematics (3 cr.)
  • Math 2568 Linear Algebra (3 cr.)
  • Math 4530 Probability(3 cr.)  or Stat 4201 Introduction to Math Statistics I (4 cr.)
  • Stat 4202 Introduction to Math Statistics II (4 cr.)
  • Math 2255 Differential Equations and Their Applications (3 cr.)
  • Math 3350 Introduction to Mathematical Biology (3cr.)
  • Choose one:
    • Bio 3401 Integrated Biology (4 cr.)
    • MolGen 4500 General Genetics (3 cr.)
  • Applied Math Courses: choose 2 of the 3:
    • Math 3607 Beginning Scientific Computing (3 cr.)
    • Math 4556 Dynamical Systems (3 cr.)
    • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • Applied Math Electives (6 credit hour minimum):
    • Math 4350 Quantitative Neuroscience (3 cr.)
    • Math 4551 Vector Analysis (3 cr.)
    • Math 4552 Complex Analysis (3 cr.)
    • Math 5101 Linear Math in Finite Dimensions (3 cr.)
    • Math 5102 Linear Math in Infinite Dimensions (3 cr.)
    • Math 4547 Introductory Analysis I (3 cr.)
    • Math 4580 Abstract Algebra I (3 cr.)
    • Math 5421 Mathematics of Infectious Disease Dynamics
    • Math 5540H Honors Differential Geometry (5 cr.)
    • Also the following if not used toward Applied Math Courses
      • Math 3607 Beginning Scientific Computing (3 cr.)
      • Math 4556 Dynamical Systems (3 cr.)
      • Math 4557 Partial Differential Equations (3 cr.)
    • Biochem 4511 Into to Biological Chemistry (4 cr.)
    • EEOB 3310 Evolution (4 cr.)
    • EEOB 3420 Behavioral Ecology (4 cr.)
    • EEOB 4520 Comparative Physiology (3 cr.)
    • Chem 2510 Organic Chemistry (4 cr.)
    • MolGen 5601 Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics Lab (4 cr.)

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Sample 4 Year Schedule


Additional hours may be necessary depending on course selection.

Year 1


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 1151 5 Math 1152 5
Chem 1210 5 Math 1295 1
ARTSSCI 1100.01 1 Biology 1113 4
GE 3 English 1110 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 17 Total Hours 16

Year 2


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 2153 4 Math 3345 3
Biology 1114 4 Math 2255 3
GE 3 Math 2568 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 12

Year 3


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Math 4530 or Stat 4201 3-4 Stat 4202 4
Biol 3401, Math 5660 or MolGen 5660 4-5 Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5
GE 3 Math 3350 3
Total Hours 10-12 Total Hours 10-12

Year 4


Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Applied Math Course or Elective 3-5 Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5
Applied Math Course or Elective  3-5 GE 3
GE 3 GE 3
Total Hours 9-12 Total Hours 9-11

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