MATH 4309 - Mathematical Biology - University of Houston
Skip to main content

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). 

Assignments due:

  • Exams: 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: Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Project: The course will include a research project.

Grading: Please consult your instructor's syllabus regarding any and all grading guidelines.

-Syllabus Information provided by Dr. Ricardo Azevedo


Justin Dart Jr. Center Accommodations:

Academic Adjustments/Auxiliary Aids: The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students who have a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, University of Houston strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an academic adjustments/auxiliary aid, please visit Justin Dart Jr. Student Accessibility Center website at for more information.


Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help students who are having difficulties managing stress, adjusting to college, or feeling sad and hopeless. You can reach (CAPS) by calling 713-743-5454 during and after business hours for routine appointments or if you or someone you know is in crisis. No appointment is necessary for the "Let's Talk" program, a drop-in consultation service at convenient locations and hours around campus.