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Sample Course Plans

These are Models; Check with your advisor and the coordinator about your individual plan

Undergraduate students majoring in mathematical and biological sciences and engineering at Smith have many tracks available within their disciplines. The purpose of the Biomathematical Sciences Concentration is to guide students in the biological sciences toward mathematics and computer science classes that would complement their specialization, and to encourage students of mathematics, engineering and computer science to acquire an understanding of biological processes. Because of the large number of possible variations, students pursuing the concentration in biomathematical sciences will work closely with two advisers (one in life and the other in mathematical sciences) to draw up a course plan.

Below are possible elective courses for math and biological science majors. All students should also take one of the gateway courses: BMX 100 Frontiers in Biomathematics or MTH/CSC 205 Modeling in the Sciences; and engage in a capstone experience. Sample course plans for other majors will evolve in time.

Math Majors

Biology/Neuroscience Majors

Computer Science Majors

Engineering Majors


This is a non-exhaustive list.

Fall 2013

BIO : 150 (Cell, Physiology & Dev.), 152 (Genetics, evolution, molecular sc.) or 154 (biodiversity, ecology, conservation) and many other courses in BIO, BCH, ENV.
CSC : 111 (CS I), 334 (Topics in Computational Biology)
MTH : 111, 112 or 114, 212 (Calculus I, II, III), 211 Linear Algebra, 241 & 245 (Statistics) , 246 (Probability), 290 (Research Design and Analysis)
NSC: 230 (Experimenal Methods in Neuroscience)
PHY: 210 (Math Methods)

In the 5 colleges
There are many courses in math, biology, computer science, etc that you can take. Here are some examples:

Amherst College: ECON 420 (Game Theory and Application), MATH 140 (Mathematical Modeling), MATH 211 (Multivariate Calculus), MATH 225 (Chaos and Fractals), MATH 320 (Wavelet and Fourier Analysis), MATH 330 (Multivariate Data Analysis), BCBP 400 (Molecular and Cellular Biophysics)
Hampshire College: CS 0335 (Mind, Brain, & Behavior), NS 0260 (Calculus in Context),
Mount Holyoke College: BIOL 223 (Ecology), MATH 339 (Topics in Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Models)
UMass: ECON 309 (Game Theory), MATH 233 (Multivariate Calculus), MATH 370 (Writing in Mathematics), MATH 551 (Intro Scientific Computing)

J-term 2014
BMX 120
(Biomath Bootcamp)

Spring 2014

BIO, BCH, NSC, ENV: Many courses..

BMX 100 (Frontiers in Biomathematics - one of two Gateway courses for the Concentration)
CSC: Programming with Data Structures (CSC 212), Algorithms (CSC 252).
MTH: 111, 112, 114, 211, 212, 245 also offered (see above) MTH/CSC 205 (Modeling in the Sciences - one of two Gateway courses for the Concentration),
MTH: 222 (Differential equations), 364 (Applied Partial Differential Equations)

Hampshire College: NS 0310 (Mathematical Biology)