Biomathematics Major

7078
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7078 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Mathematical biology (biomathematics) is a highly interdisciplinary program at the intersection of mathematics, biology and computer science. The biomathematics major is offered through collaboration between the mathematics and biology departments. Primarily during the freshman and sophomore years biomathematics majors complete core courses, then specialize during the junior and senior years. Specialization is based on interest in computer science, mathematics or biology, while retaining interdisciplinary training.

The interdisciplinary nature of the biomathematics major enables undergraduates who are interested in combining mathematics, computer science and biology to be more competitive for graduate programs and careers in bioinformatics, biostatistics, biomedical engineering, biomathematics or medicine.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Biomathematics must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • CSE 1400 Applied Discrete Mathematics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Topics include positional and modular number systems, relations and their graphs, discrete functions, set theory, propositional and predicate logic, sequences, summations, mathematical induction and proofs by contradiction.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing score on the Calculus Readiness Test, or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Sophomore Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CSE 1001 Fundamentals of Software Development 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces software development as it applies to small programs. Students learn to program in a higher-level language and to read, understand, write and evolve typical small higher-level programs.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing score on calculus placement test or prerequisite course
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
Spring (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2332 Primer for Biomath
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the separate languages of mathematics and biology such that students from the different disciplines can efficiently develop a biomath glossary to communicate with one another. Focuses on the current research projects in biology and ecology, and the relevant mathematical analysis.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 4990 Biology Forum
    Credit Hours: 1
    Critical analysis of primary literature and review articles in the biological sciences by oral presentation and small group discussion.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • HUM 2510 Logic
    Credit Hours: 3
    Deals mainly with deductive logic, although all the fallacies of reasoning are examined in both an informal and a formal context. Brings out the role of logic in science and law, as well as ways of making formal proofs of validity.
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    *
    Credit Hours: 3
    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.
  • MTH 3663 Mathematical Methods for Biology and Ecology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines biological processes and mathematically reformulates the biological information into linear and nonlinear systems, and differential equations, and studies these formulations via matrix algebra, numerical techniques, approximation theory, stability and bifurcation analysis.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • Restricted Elective (2xxx-4xxx BIO, CSE, MTH) Credit Hours: 3

*Biology students take BIO 2801 Biometry.

Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 4991 Undergraduate Research 1
    *
    Credit Hours: 3
    Research experience under the direction and supervision of a member of the biological sciences faculty.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval.
  • CSE 2050 Programming in a Second Language
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces a second programming language for computer science majors. Students learn to read and write programs in a second language. The language chosen is one with wide popularity and use. The current language is C++.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • Restricted Electives (2xxx-4xxx BIO, CSE, MTH) Credit Hours: 7
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

*Mathematics students take MTH 4990 Undergraduate Research.

Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 3701 Evolution
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes the processes resulting in evolutionary change and the factors affecting those processes. Discusses evolution at all levels, from cell and molecular evolution to local populations to major groups, and covers time frames drawing on knowledge of many biological fields.
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (2xxx-4xxx BIO, CSE, MTH) Credit Hours: 7
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CSE 4051 Advanced Java Concepts
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies core Java(tm) and its major class libraries. Includes exception handling, packages, threads, internationalization, building graphical user interfaces, applets, networking, RMI, introspection (Java beans), cryptography and database connectivity.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (2xxx-4xxx BIO, CSE, MTH) Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (Biology course with lab) Credit Hours: 4
Total Credits Required: 134

Elective Restrictions

Choices of restricted electives are subject to approval by the student's advisor. At least 30 elective credit hours must be at the 3000-level (or higher).