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An increasing number of problems in the biological sciences are being solved using sophisticated mathematical and computational tools. The biomathematics degree blends mathematics, biology, and computer science in preparation for continued graduate studies and for careers in the quantitative life sciences. The degree's mission is to provide a world class undergraduate education in applied mathematics used in support of the life sciences.

The degree's mission is supported and motivated by these facts:

  • Biological data is being generated with unprecedented precision and in unfathomable volumes.
  • Quantifying biological observations requires mathematical and statistical analysis.
  • The basic principles of complex biological systems support mathematical and computational modeling, which can lead to testable hypotheses and new discoveries.

The biomathematics degree will provide a broad based undergraduate experience that 1) prepares students with a rigorous education in applied mathematics, 2) educates students in the fundamental principles of biology, 3) trains students to work in a computational arena, 4) introduces students to several of the sister disciplines of computational biology, mathematical biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, and biostatistics, and 5) guides students through an advanced undergraduate research project. The degree will also liberally educate students through the study of the humanities and social sciences. Students of the program will be encouraged to participate in external and internal research programs and industrial internships and/or co-ops.

Graduates will be prepared for graduate study in any of the sister fields as well as for careers in the quantitative life sciences. Each graduate will complete a capstone research experience that will culminate in a written report and a public presentation.

 *Requirements: 3 Free Electives 12 hours, 3 MA Electives 12 hours, 5 Tech Electives 20 hours, 1 Domain Elective  4 hours

HSS       36 hours
CLSK   CLSK 100   1 hour
Math Core   MA 111, 112, 113, 200, 211, 212, 332, 371 or 373, 381, and 223 or 382   40 hours
Biomath Core   Four BMTH courses numbered 300 or above   16 hours
Basic Science   BIO 110, 130, 120 or 210, 220, and 230
CHEM 111, 113
PH 111, 112
one of CHEM 251 or PH 113
  40 hours
Computer Science   CSSE 120   4 hours
Capstone Experience   BMTH 496, 497, 498   8 hours
Domain Elective   Any of the following, with no course substitutions permitted.
BIO 330 Evolutionary Biology 4R-0L-4C W Prereq. BIO 130
CHEM 330 Biochemistry I 4R-0L-4C W Prereq. CHEM 252
CSSE 304 Programming Language Concepts 4R-0L-4C W Prereq. CSSE 230 and MA 275
MA 366 Functions of a Real Variable 4R-0L-4C W Prereq. MA 275 and MA 113
  4 hours
Math Electives   Any mathematics course numbered 300 or above, or MA 275   12 Hours
Technical Electives  

Courses numbered 200 or above in the physical sciences, life sciences, computer science, or engineering. Coursework in mathematics and biomathematics is not allowed.

  20 Hours
Free Electives       12 Hours
Total       193 hours


The second major in biomathematics is open to all majors with the following requirements and restrictions. Eligibility and limitations

  • The MA/BMTH double major must be seperated by at least 24 hours.
Math Core   MA 211. 332, 371 or 373, 381, and 223 or 382    20 hours
Biomath Core   any four BMTH courses numbered 300 or above   16 hours
Math Electives       12 hours
Biology   BIO 110 and three courses from different
categories described below
BIO 130
BIO 120 or 210
BIO 205 or 230
BIO 220
  16 hours
Senior Capstone Experience   BMTH 496, 497, 498    8 hours

A minor in biomathematics is open to all students.

Math Core   MA 111, 112, 113, 211, 212, and 223 or 382   27 hours
Biomath Core   any three BMTH courses numbered 300 or above   12 hours
Biology   BIO 110 and one of BIO 205, 210, 220, 230   8 hours

Notes and Definitions

  • The suggested four year plan is a guideline.
  • Close consultation with the advisor on electives is required, especially for electives after the freshman year, or if a double major or minor is planned.

Course Sequence

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3 Free Electives 12 hours
3 MA Electives 12 hours
5 Tech Electives 20 hours
1 Domain Elective   4 hours