The field of mathematical biology is undergoing a major resurgence. The wealth of data afforded by new bioinformatics tools and modern molecular biology allow the formulation of precise models, which can then be subject to experimental validation. Opportunities abound for graduate studies, as well as research jobs in the pharmaceutical industry and government labs.
The Biomathematics Interdisciplinary Major at Rutgers was established in the mid-1970s, and underwent a major curricular revision in the year 2000. The Major is administered by the Mathematics Department.
For general questions regarding courses, degree requirements, and the like, please contact the Mathematics Department undergraduate advisor, in Hill Center Room 308, email: advisor@math.
The Director for the Biomath program is Professor of Mathematics Eduardo D. Sontag, and the Associate Director is Professor of Genetics David E. Axelrod. Please address general inquiries to this email address: biomath@math (if mailing from outside Rutgers, please add the suffix "rutgers.edu" to the email address; the complete address is not posted in order to avoid address-harvesting by spammers). Please do not use this email address for administrative questions (getting course credit, declaring major, and so on). Also, before emailing, please make sure to read carefully the information provided in *all* of the websites that are listed in the "links" website shown above. These websites will probably answer most of your questions!
The requirements for the Biomathematics major (curriculum code 122) at Rutgers are listed below.
This information is reproduced here only for the convenience of students, may not reflect current official Rutgers requirements, and is subject to change. Official information is available at the Mathematics Department Undergraduate office (Hill Center 303, Busch Campus) and from the university catalog.
The major in biomathematics requires 63-67 credits distributed as follows: mathematics, 33 credits; biology and cognate fields 30-34 credits. Students must earn a minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in courses credited toward the major. This major is administered by the mathematics department. The course requirements for this major are the following.
Core Biology and Chemistry required courses:
Mathematics required courses:
One of the following courses:
Required lab, one from the following list:
Note: 01:447:390 is a 4-credit elective (see below) and includes a lab that satisfies the requirement above.
Electives: Four courses from the following list. 01:447:380 is highly recommended. At most one course from 14:125 (Biomedical Engineering) can count as an elective.
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