Specifically, high throughput technologies have rendered vast new biological data sets that require novel analytical skills for the most basic analyses. These technologies are spawning a new "data-driven" paradigm in the biological sciences and the fields of bioinformatics and systems biology. The foundations of these new fields are inherently mathematical, with a focus on probability, statistical inference, and systems dynamics. These mathematical methods apply very broadly in many biological fields including some like population growth, spread of disease, that predate the genomics revolution. Nevertheless, the application of these methods in areas of biology from molecular genetics to evolutionary biology has grown very rapidly in with the availability of vast amounts of genomic sequence data.

Required coursework in this program aims at ensuring expertise in mathematical and statistical sciences, and their application in biology. The students will focus in particular areas of biology. The program culminates in a senior capstone experience that pairs student and faculty in creative research collaborations.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Become fluent in mathematical and statistical sciences, and their application in biology
  • Develop a foundation in physics, math, chemistry, and biology
  • Design a focus area around either biochemistry; neuroscience; physiology, population biology and ecology; or genetics
  • Collaborate with a faculty member on a senior capstone experience

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Arya Okten, Berke Turkay, Blaise Rebman

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 10  10 
2015 17  17  10 
2016 17  17 
2017 18  18 
2018 15  15
2019 18 18 4

Alumni Pathways

Applied Math-Biology concentrators are prepared for careers in medicine, public health, industry and academic research. Recent alumni have pursued careers as software engineers and global health researchers as well as graduate study in public health, and ecology and evolutionary biology.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies: Paul Dupuis