MAT 281 - Models for Biological Structures
Over the last 15 years, modern biology has been transformed by the use of new mathematical methods. Many problems from gene regulatory networks, genomics, RNA folding, infectious disease modeling, phylogenetics, ecological networks, and food webs naturally lend themselves to discrete and algebraic models. In some cases, these models have even spawned new research areas. We will sample a variety of problems and modeling techniques throughout the class with a focus more on breadth than depth. The course will include the necessary biological foundation and cover the relevant mathematical theory.
Satisfies the Mathematical and Quantitative Thought requirement.
Prerequisites & Notes
MAT 113 or MAT 140 or permission of instructor
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