This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2023-24.
Frey (Chair of the Department of Biology)
Schult (Chair of the Department of Mathematics)
Mathematical systems biology describes a field of inquiry in which mathematical and computational methods are used to examine complex, large-scale interactions between components of biological systems and to predict how these interactions influence the properties of those systems. The systems examined may range in scale from molecular through cellular and tissue levels to the scale of organisms and entire ecosystems. The unifying feature of this field is quantitative description of interactions between components of biological systems.
The interface between mathematics and biology is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of research in the sciences. The technological development of methods for generating large amounts of biological data — including genome sequence information, total protein analysis, metabolic information, etc. — demands the development of mathematical and computational methods for analyzing these data and for developing predictive models that use such large data sets. The multidisciplinary field of systems biology requires an understanding of both mathematical and biological concepts, insights into interesting questions in biology, and comprehension of the mathematical methods that can be used to address many of those questions. The mathematical systems biology minor provides students with the coursework in mathematics and biology required to begin to gain insights and experience in this important new field.
Course requirements are described below (six courses)
Both of the Following
One of the Following
- BIOL 181 - Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity and BIOL 181L
- BIOL 182 - Molecules, Cells, and Genes and BIOL 182L
One of the Following
One additional biology course from the following:
- BIOL 181 - Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity
- BIOL 182 - Molecules, Cells, and Genes
- Any 200-, 300-, or 400-level BIOL elective course
One additional mathematics course from the following:
- MATH 240 - Computational Statistics
- MATH 260 - Computational Mathematics
- MATH 302/BIOL 302 - Systems Biology
- MATH 308 - Differential Equations
- MATH 310 - Combinatorial Problem Solving
- MATH 312 - Math Modeling: Social Sciences
- MATH 313 - Functions of a Complex Variable
- MATH 315 - Mathematical Biology
- MATH 316 - Probability
- MATH 354 - Data Analysis I - Generalized Linear Models
- MATH 360 - Graph Theory
- MATH 376 - Numerical Analysis
- MATH 408 - Partial Differential Equations
- MATH 416 - Mathematical Statistics
- MATH 417 - Brownian Motion & Stochastic Calculus
- MATH 448/PHYS 448 - Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos
- MATH 454 - Data Analysis II - Nonlinear Model Inference
- MATH 481/BIOL 481 - Investigations in Computational Biology
- MATH 482 - Research Seminar: Applied Mathematics
Students declaring a minor in mathematical systems biology select an adviser from either the mathematics department or biology department. Those students minoring in mathematical systems biology who have declared a major in either biology or mathematics are required to choose a minor adviser from the department in which they are not majoring. The chair of the minor adviser's department approves and signs the mathematical systems biology minor declaration form. As with any minor at Colgate, no more than two of the courses applied to the minor may also be used for a major.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Biology department catalog page.
For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Mathematics department catalog page.