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Choose Florida Tech for Bachelor of Science Biomathematics
Florida Tech is one of just a handful of biomathematics colleges in the nation, a program offered through collaboration between the mathematics and biology departments. As a biomathematics college, our focus for the program is to use mathematical, statistical and computational methods to solve complex biological problems.
Students and Professors Work Closely Together with Low Student-to-Faculty Ratios
Students learn from world-renowned faculty who enjoy working closely with students. We pride ourselves on a low student-to-faculty ratio of just 5:1, a sought-after learning environment. As a private biomathematics college we give our students the type of specialized training they need to design and control biological experiments.
For curriculum and career planning, professors are always available for student advising, something you may not always find at a larger, less personal biomathematics college. The strong working relationship between students and professors gives us the edge over another biomathematics college. With this level of mentorship, our students are also accomplished scientific writers and presenters of their research.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Our professors are internationally renowned experts with a wide range of expertise who are involved in meaningful research. As a biomathematics college, we get students involved in faculty-run interdisciplinary research during their first year.
The program is hands-on, modeling-based, and includes lab and field experiments as part of the program. Some of the research may involve applied statistics, mathematical programming, combinatorial optimization, operations research and queuing theory.
Access Sophisticated State-Of-The-Art Mathematical and Biological Facilities
In terms of student-resources, Florida Tech is comparable to nearly every biomathematics college in the country. Students have access to the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Building -- a 70,000-square-foot teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and the offices and research labs of several of the biology faculty. It houses the Chemistry Department, state-of-the-art instrumentation and rooms for NMR spectrometers, photochemistry, glassblowing and computational chemistry.
The 29,000-square-foot Harris Center for Science and Engineering serves the research needs of our biology programs and includes teaching and research labs, a 16-workstation computer facility and an electron microscope suite.
In addition to the labs in the Department of Biological Sciences, two computer labs in the math department have sophisticated mathematical and statistical software packages such as MATLAB, Mathematics, and SAS.
Choose an Award Winning Program
For the last three years (ever since the program started), students from our biomathematics college received "Best in Show" and "President's" awards in the Florida Tech Student Design SHOWCASE competition. In addition, two of our students were among only nine students nationally who were chosen to present their research at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. (May 2010).
A Great Florida Location
If location is playing a big role in your search for a biomathematics college, you're going to have a tough time finding a better place than Melbourne, Florida. Situated within the Florida High Tech Corridor and on the Space Coast, the Florida Tech campus is located in an area with thousands of high-tech companies and the fifth largest high-tech workforce in the U.S. Many companies are engaged with the university to provide internships and employment for our students.
The area also provides a wealth of field research opportunities with 72 miles of beautiful beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, Sebastian Inlet and Indian River Lagoon. Very close by are Orlando attractions, the NASA Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, making Florida Tech the most attractive biomathematics college option you'll find.