2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog
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BIOL 320 - Biomathematics


CR: 4
Prerequisites: BIOL 112 , MATH 123  ; and MATH 205  or PSYC 219  This course is an introduction to the use of mathematical models in biology and in the life sciences. Mathematics facilitates progress in biology in a myriad of ways: it is used to predict the spread of infectious diseases, map the genome, reconstruct phylogeny, unveil signaling networks, detect and treat medical disorders, classify RNA and protein folding, understand ecological networks and food webs, and demonstrate emergent behaviors of biological systems. Three or four topics will be selected from the list above each year. Data, algorithms, computing applications, and specialized software will be used throughout. Skills developed include the ability to examine an unfamiliar problem, analyze it to determine th type of data necessary to address the problem, select the appropriate mathematical tools to be applied to the data, and evaluate the adequacy of the results. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and MATH 320  or MATH 321 . V.8a



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