Applied Mathematics - Biology
The Applied Math - Biology concentration recognizes that mathematics is essential to address many modern biological problems in the post genomic era. 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.
Here's what concentrators from the class of 2012 reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.
- Business Analyst, McKinsey & Co.
- Lead Instructor, Mathnasium of North Beverly
- Staff Research Associate I, University of California San Francisco
- PhD, Biology
- University of California-Santa Barbara, PhD, Chemical Engineering
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, MD
- University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
- Winston Churchill Scholarship