Mathematics is the fundamental language of all science-related majors as it is needed as a tool to help describe various scientific phenomena that occur. Many biological and medical phenomena can be studied mathematically or have substantial quantitative components. Mathematical areas such as combinatorics, graph theory, and statistics are being applied to the problem of genetic mapping. Further, differential geometry and topology are currently being used to study the basic physical and chemical properties of DNA. Mathematical modeling of the heart enabled researchers to discover why a phenomenon called ventricular fibrillation occurs. The unique mixture of a mathematics minor and a life science education will enhance many career opportunities.
This minor requires a total of 20 credits, six courses after MA 102, four required and two elective. A minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum. Up to 6 credits of coursework, with an earned grade of “C” or better, taken at another accredited institution may be applied to the course requirements of the minor upon prior approval of the department chair.
Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.