Biologists are increasingly using mathematical models to help understand the world around us. In this new course you will learn about the most widely used type of model: differential equation models. Using real-world examples drawn from many areas of biology (such as ecology, evolution, epidemiology and virology) you will learn the mathematical techniques that are used to explore and understand this type of model. Our exploration of models will involve hands-on computer activities, starting with web-based apps and moving on to learning how to write your own code. In our journey through this course you will see how models are put together and analyzed, as well as learning some new biology along the way.

Where and when?: Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:45pm, SAS Hall, room 4201.

Prerequisites: Two semesters of calculus, e.g. MA 131 and MA 231. NO previous computing experience is required.

Want to know more? Contact the instructor, Alun L. Lloyd (Department of Mathematics and Biomathematics Graduate Program).

Undergraduate Biomathematics at NC State

This course is part of a new undergraduate biomathematics (UBM) initiative at NC State. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the UBM program offers you the chance to carry out cutting-edge research at the interface of mathematics and biology. Eight students a year, four from the mathematical sciences and four from the biological sciences, will receive summer support as part of a year-long research experience. MA 493 (Fall semester) and its sister course MA 493 (Spring semester) are designed to prepare biology students for the research component of the UBM program.