The mission of the field of biomathematics is to develop analytical and predictive models of biological and medical systems. Traditional biology programs instill biological knowledge and techniques but teach little if any mathematics. The biomathematics program builds upon the fact that much of the research in the next few decades will require intimate knowledge that combines empirical data and methods, statistics, and theory. Rutgers' interdisciplinary program in biomathematics will allow you to fully explore mathematics and biology. You will learn how to complete mathematical computations that are essential to biology and research. Along with learning difficult mathematics you will also study areas such as genomics, molecular modeling, structural biology, ecology, systems biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, and physics. The field may also be referred to as mathematical biology and by some of its subfields (such as computational biology or systems biology). The biomathematics program is unique in that students are expected to have a strong background in both biology and applied mathematics.
The major in biomathematics requires 63-67 credits distributed as follows:
- Mathematics, 33 credits
- Biology and cognate fields, 30-34 credits
Related Programs and Degrees
Biomathematics may be appropriate for a pre-med major if you choose your electives to satisfy the requirements for medical school applications and the MCAT test. The advantages of being a biomathematics major are:
- Distinguish yourself from other pre-med majors
- Prepare for a professional career as either a medical doctor or as a medical researcher