BIOL 420
Mathematical Biology Spring 2025
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed MATH 412

Class Details

This course will provide an introduction to the many ways in which mathematics can be used to understand, analyze, and predict biological dynamics. We will learn how to construct mathematical models that capture essential properties of biological processes while maintaining analytic tractability. Analytic techniques, such as stability and bifurcation analysis, will be introduced in the context of both continuous and discrete time models. Additionally, students will couple these analytic tools with numerical simulation to gain a more global picture of the biological dynamics. Possible biological applications may include, but are not limited to, single and multi-species population dynamics, neural and biological oscillators, tumor cell growth, and infectious disease dynamics.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3944
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, quizzes/exams, participation, final project and paper
Prerequisites: MATH 250 and MATH 309, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: preference for senior math/stats major and also based on an interest statement
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
MATH 412 Division III BIOL 420 Division III
QFR Notes: The course will introduce methods for developing and analyzing mathematical models.

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