The internal functions and external interaction of living organisms are often repeatable and predictable. Mathematical modeling of these events is of considerable interest to subdisciplines in biology like cellular/molecular biology and environmental biology. Research groups in these areas may include people having both advanced training in mathematics and a general understanding of biology. This type of expertise is sometimes referred to as computational biology, and career opportunities exist in the academic, governmental, and industrial sectors. Work at the cellular/molecular level includes such valuable endeavors as the development of new drugs to treat disease; whereas, studies in environmental biology might require mathematical modeling of fluctuations in natural populations accompanying climate change. Students majoring in mathematics with a special interest area in biology thus are well studied to undertake this dynamic field of work
Students interested in a cellular/molecular biology emphasis should consider choosing BIOL 250, BIOL 335, and BIOL 370. Those interested in environmental biology should consider choosing BIOL 201, BIOL 212, BIOL 401, and at least one of BIOL 305, BIOL 306, BIOL 357, BIOL 360, BIOL 371, BIOL 405.
Note that with one additional upper level course, a student can earn a minor in biology.