Biology: Mathematical Biology, BA

Computational and Mathematical Biology are important new areas in the biological sciences. Many areas in genetics, ecology, and evolution depend on sophisticated quantitative analyses. For example, the advent of data from the human genome project (and similar data from other species) has shown the need for computer, statistical and mathematical methods to store, retrieve and analyze massive data sets. Recognizing the growing importance of these quantitative techniques and skills, we have developed undergraduate concentrations in both Computational and Mathematical Biology. These Concentrations are designed to prepare students for the world of data-driven science.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

With permission of the Undergraduate Chair, two course units away or LPS courses may count toward the Biology major. This limit does not apply to Study Abroad.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives18.5
Major Requirements
Introductory Biology
Select one of the following tracks:2
Track 1:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
Track 2:
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
Intermediate Biology
BIOL 221Molecular Biology and Genetics1
BIOL 230Evolutionary Biology1
Introductory Chemistry or Physics
Select one of the following:1.5
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Introductory Math & Statistics
MATH 104Calculus, Part I1
Select one of the following:1
Statistics for Biologists
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Statistical Inference
Mathematics Requirement
MATH 114Calculus, Part II1
MATH 240Calculus, Part III1
MATH 320Computer Methods in Mathematical Science I1
Capstone Courses
BIOL 437Introduction to Computational Biology & Biological Modeling1
BIOL 399Independent Study1
Additional Biology Major Courses
Select 2 course units of Additional Biology Major courses2
Mathematical Biology-Related Courses
Select 3 course units of Computational Biology-Related courses3
Total Course Units36


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major and the thesis must be approved by the departmental honors committee.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.