Problems from the life sciences and the mathematical methods for solving them are presented. The underlying biological and mathematical principles and the interrelationships are emphasized.
The biology and mathematics in this course have equal emphasis. No prior study of biology is necessary for this course, and only the concepts of first year calculus are required. The mathematics proceeds from simple concepts to more complex ones; the biology proceeds from the population level down to the molecular level. The course uses computer models to connect the mathematics and the biology. Topics discussed are population models, diffusion models, pharmacokinetics, neurophysiology, viruses, the immune system, the biochemistry of cells and genetics. Which models are emphasized depends on the interests of the class.