MATH 4309 - Mathematical Biology - University of Houston
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MATH 4309 - Mathematical Biology

***This is a course guideline.  Students should contact instructor for the updated information on current course syllabus, textbooks, and course content***

Prerequisite: MATH 3331 or BIOL 3306

Course Description: Topics in mathematical biology, epidemiology, population models, models of genetics and evolution, network theory, pattern formation, and neuroscience.

Textbook A Biologist's Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution, 1st Edition. Sarah P. Otto, Troy Day. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0691123448

Instructor's Course Description: This course introduces mathematical modeling of biological systems at multiple levels of organization (e.g., molecules, cells, organisms, populations, communities, ecosystems) from multiple areas of biology (e.g., biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, physiology, neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary biology, epidemiology, ecology). Models illustrate concepts and techniques from multiple areas of mathematics (e.g., dynamical systems, network theory, stochastic processes, pattern formation, linear algebra, game theory). 

Exams: Exams will be given in class. Make-up exams will be offered only when a student has a legitimate, documented absence. Except under extraordinary circumstances, students must contact the instructor within 24 hours of the exam if they need to take a make-up.

Homework: There will be 10 homework assignments over the course of the semester, each worth 2.5 points. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Project: The course will include a research project. You may work alone or with one partner. The aim of the project will be to analyze a published mathematical model of a biological system. You may choose from a set of recommended papers or pick a paper yourself (subject to my approval). You will construct a Mathematica notebook along the lines of those in the Wolfram Demonstrations Project (see More details will be provided by the second week of classes.

Grading & Make-up Policy/Assignment & Exam Details: Please refer to your instructor's syllabus for this information.

-Syllabus Information provided by Dr. Ricardo Azevedo


CSD Accommodations:

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Additionally, if a student is requesting a (CSD approved) testing accommodation, then the student will also complete a Request for Individualized Testing Accommodations (RITA) paper form to arrange for tests to be administered at the CSD office. CSD suggests that the student meet with their instructor during office hours and/or make an appointment to complete the RITA form to ensure confidentiality.

*Note: RITA forms must be completed at least 48 hours in advance of the original test date. Please consult your counselor ahead of time to ensure that your tests are scheduled in a timely manner. Please keep in mind that if you run over the agreed upon time limit for your exam, you will be penalized in proportion to the amount of extra time taken.



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