Applied Mathematical Sciences - BS, Biological Science Emphasis

The curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematical Sciences with a Biological Sciences emphasis explores the application of analytical problem solving tools to problems in biology, medicine, and the environment. Students in the Biological Sciences emphasis investigate techniques in applied and pure mathematics and pursue electives in biology and other sciences that demonstrate how mathematics models phenomena in the life sciences.

A student completing this program is prepared for a career in applications of mathematics to the life sciences. Furthermore, with the appropriate electives chosen, the student is prepared to enter quantitatively oriented graduate school or medical school, including Ph.D. programs in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics. A minor in biology is well suited to students in this program. All advising for this degree option is done through the Undergraduate Program Office in the Department of Mathematics.

Biological Science Emphasis: Consult with departmental advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
ENGL 104
Composition and Rhetoric
or Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition
3
MATH 171 Calculus I 4
Select one of the following: 4
Programming I  
Introduction to Computer Science Concepts and Programming  
Introduction to Program Design and Concepts  
Structured Programming in C  
Directed Studies 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 172 Calculus II 4
Select one of the following: 4
Fundamentals of Chemistry I  
General Chemistry for Engineering Students
and General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory
 
University Core Curriculum 2 3
Directed Studies 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 213 Molecular Cell Biology 3
MATH 221 Several Variable Calculus 4
MATH 300 Foundations of Mathematics 3
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
Directed Studies 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
BIOL 214 Genes, Ecology and Evolution 3
CHEM 222
CHEM 242
Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry
and Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
MATH 308 Differential Equations 3
MATH 323 Linear Algebra 3
Directed Studies 1 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
MATH 409 Advanced Calculus I 3
MATH 469 Introduction to Mathematical Biology 3
Directed Studies 1 1
University Core Curriculum 2 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
MATH elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
MATH 417
Numerical Methods
or Principles of Numerical Analysis
4
MATH 442 Mathematical Modeling 3
STAT 212 Principles of Statistics II 3
Directed Studies 1 1
MATH elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall
MATH 410
Advanced Calculus II
or Principles of Analysis I
3
MATH 415
Modern Algebra I
or Applied Algebra
3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
University Core Curriculum 2 3
University Core Curriculum 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 202
Principles of Economics
or Principles of Economics
3
MATH elective 3 6
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Maximum of 3 hours of MATH 300 or CSCE 222/ECEN 222 may be used in this degree program.

Maximum of 3 hours of MATH 411 or STAT 414 may be used in this degree program.

Maximum of 4 hours of MATH 417, MATH 437 or CSCE 442 may be used in this degree program.

If a grade of D or F is earned in any of the following courses, MATH 151/MATH 171, MATH 152/MATH 172, MATH 221/MATH 251/MATH 253, MATH 300, MATH 323 or MATH 308, this course must be immediately retaken and a grade of C or better earned. The department will allow at most two D’s in upper-level (325-499) courses. If a third D is earned, one of the three courses in which a D was earned must be retaken and a grade of C or better earned.

Students desiring teacher certification should consult the requirements for certification before registering for electives.

Graduation requirements include a requirement for 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a general elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. See academic advisor.