BIOINF 463 - Mathematical Modeling in Biology
Section: 002
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BIOINF)
Department: MED Bioinformatics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
MATH 214, 217, 417, or 419; and MATH 216, 256, 286, or 316.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Background and Goals: It is widely anticipated that Biology and Biomedical science will be the premier sciences of the 21st century. The complexity of the biological sciences makes interdisciplinary involvement essential and the increasing use of mathematics in biology is inevitable as biology becomes more quantitative. Mathematical biology is a fast growing and exciting modern application of mathematics which has gained worldwide recognition. In this course, mathematics models that suggest possible mechanisms which may underlie specific biological processes are developed and analyzed. Another major emphasis of the course is illustrating how these models can be used to predict what may follow under currently untested conditions. The course moves from classical to contemporary models at the population, organ, cellular, and molecular levels.

Content: This course provides an introduction to the use of continuous and discrete differential equations in the biological sciences. Biological topics may include single species and interacting population dynamics, modeling infectious and dynamic diseases, regulation of cell function, molecular interactions and receptor-ligand binding, biological oscillators, and an introduction to biological pattern formation. Mathematical tools such as phase portraits, bifurcation diagrams, perturbation theory, and parameter estimation techniques which are necessary to analyze and interpret biological models will also be covered.

BIOINF 463 - Mathematical Modeling in Biology
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001 (LEC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (LEC)
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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