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Undergraduate Degree in Mathematical Biology

The Texas Coordinating Board for Higher Education has approved a new Bachelor of Science Program in Mathematical Biology at the University of Houston. The program is jointly administrated by the Departments of Biolog & Biochemistry and Department of Mathematics.

In addition to general university requirements, this program requires 26 specified hours in Biology/Biochemistry, 27 hours in mathematics, 6 hours of interdisciplinary courses in mathematical biology and biostatistics, and 21 hours of chemistry and physics. By choosing electives appropriately, students in the program will meet requirements for admission to medical school.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Mathematics Program are the same as the university admission requirements. Applications can be downloaded from the UH Admissions Web Site.

Mathematics students must have overall GPAs of at least 2.0. Students whose GPAs in mathematics courses fall below 2.5 may be advised to consider changing majors.

Students who do not initially declare mathematics as their major must submit a petition to the Department of Mathematics if they decide later to change their major to mathematics.

Prerequisite Checking
The Mathematics Department is now strictly enforcing the prerequisites for its undergraduate courses. Students who do not have the prerequisites will be dropped by the course instructor. Please check the current catalogue for prerequisites before you attempt to enroll in an undergraduate mathematics course.

 

Degree Requirement

The general requirements, including university core curriculum and college requirements, shall apply. By virtue of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, students who complete the requirements for the B.S. degree in Mathematical Biology have satisfied the capstone requirement of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. Academic advising for students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Biology is provided by the Office of the Dean.

Students who choose to major in Mathematical Biology must complete the following requirements in addition to the special requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree:

College / Department Course abbreviation Credit
Biology
BIOL 1361, 1362, 1161, 1162, 3301, 3311, 3306, 3324, 4374 23 hrs
Biochemistry

BCHS 3304

3 hrs
Mathematics

MATH 1431, 1432, 2433, 2331, 3331, 3338, 3339
A minimum of 3 semester hours of 4000-level mathematics

27 hrs
Chemistry
CHEM 1331, 1332, 1111, 1112, 3331, 3221 13 hrs
Physics
PHYS 1321, 1121, 1322, 1122 8 hrs
Interdisciplinary courses
BIOL/MATH 4309 and 4310 6 hrs

 

Suggested Program

The proposed program is a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Biology requiring 59 combined hours in Mathematics and Biology/Biochemistry. These include 12 advanced hours in Mathematics, 18 advanced hours in Biology/Biochemistry, and an additional 6 hours of advanced interdisciplinary Math/Biology courses. The total number of hours for the degree is 120 credit hours. All university core requirements and state-mandated courses are included.

First Year

Fall Semester
Hours
MATH 1431
4
ENGL 1303
3
HIST 1376 or 1377
3
POLS 1336  
3
BIOL 1361
3
BIOL 1161
1
Total
17
Spring Semester
Hours
MATH 1432
4
ENGL 1304
3
HIST 1378 or 1379
3
POLS 1337  
3
BIOL 1362
3
BIOL 1162
1
Total
17

 

Second Year

Fall Semester
Hours
MATH 2433
4
MATH 2331
3
CHEM 1331
3
CHEM 1111  
1
PHYS 1321
3
PHYS 1121
1
Total
15
Spring Semester
Hours
MATH 3331
3
MATH 3338
3
CHEM 1332
3
CHEM 1112  
1
PHYS 1322
3
PHYS 1122
1
Total
14

 

Third Year

Fall Semester
Hours
MATH 3339
4
BIOL 3301
3
CHEM 3331
3
CHEM 3221  
1
BIOL 3321
3
Total
14
Spring Semester
Hours
BCHS 3304
3
BIOL 3306
3
MATH Elective (4000-level)
3
Elective*  
3
Humanities Core
3
Total
15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester
Hours
BIOL 3324
3
BIOL/MATH 4309
3
BIOL 4374
3
Social Science Core  
3
Visual & Performing Arts Core
3
Total
15
Spring Semester
Hours
BIOL/MATH 4310
3
Elective*  
10
Total
13

*Students who plan to apply for medical school should include CHEM 3332 and CHEM 3222 in their elective hours.