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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


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.

A minor in biomathematics is open to all students.

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.

Plan of Study

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