MS and Ph.D. Curriculum

The core curriculum includes 4 courses to be satisfied by all students, and a weekly seminar. Remaining courses are chosen from a list of options, depending on the student's interest and faculty advice. PhD and Master's students in Biomathematics complete 36 hours of approved coursework (not including seminars), of which a maximum of 6 credits can be taken S/U (pass/fail). At least five 3-hour courses must be in the Department of Mathematics. Students completing this coursework are awarded a Master's degree.

Visit the course descriptions page to learn more about some of these courses.


Required courses:

(Any one of these may be replaced by an appropriate biomathematics topics course with the permission of the Director.)

Students must take the following core courses:

Interdisciplinary component:

Two courses from Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Computer Science, or Scientific Computing. Typical choices are listed below. Other choices can be approved by the director of the program. Courses in Biology and Chemistry can, and probably should, be taken as S/U (pass/fail).

Additional mathematics courses:

From the following, for a total of 36 hours of listed courses (not including seminars) of which at least 5 courses are in the Department of Mathematics.

(other graduate mathematics courses can be taken with approval of the Director)

Visit the course descriptions page to learn more about some of these courses.

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MS Degree.

This is a two-year program with 36 semester hours of courses and with seminars. Students develop skills in a number of areas for working on applications of mathematics to biology.

PhD Degree.

Students do research work in a variety of fields represented by the biomathematics faculty. PhD students should complete all requirements for a Master's degree and then pass the preliminary examinations. See the PhD degree requirements page for more details.