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Academic Program Guide


Biomathematics


College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: B.S. or B.A.
Limited Access: No

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Description of Major
Mathematics is a vital foundation for science, social science and technology. A student in mathematics can look forward professionally to employment in an industrial or financial firm, a governmental agency, or teaching in secondary, college or university institutions. Alternatively, a degree in the department can be regarded as the central component of a liberal education, either for its own sake or as preparation for professional study in another field. Biomathematics is designed to prepare the student for admission to medical school.


Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Courses: 23 hours

Students should complete the following prerequisites as possible during the first two years.
*COP XXXX (3) A scientific programming course designed for computer science majors (COP X014 preferred)
MAC X311 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
MAC X312 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
MAC X313 (4) Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5 credits @ FSU)
MAP X302 (4) Ordinary Differential Equations (3 credits @ FSU)
*XXX XXXX (4) One laboratory based science courses designed for science majors, prefix BSC, CHM, PHY, or GLY
(PHY X048C or X048 & X048L suggested as it is required for the major)

*See major requirements before selecting courses to meet these prerequisites.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .


Requirements
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirement for Progression to and Continuation in the Upper-Division Major
A grade of “C minus” or better is required in all courses to be counted toward these degrees. Upon formal admission to the major, a student must not accumulate more than 2 unsatisfactory grades (grades below a "C minus" or grades of "U") in courses required for the major, excluding State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1 - 4 Milestones, taken after enrolling in FSU.

For all math majors, collateral courses include COP3014 or ISC3313, PHY2048c and STA4321. For Biomathematics, it includes the collateral biology, chemistry and physics courses. Exceptions to this policy require a petition to the department.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 30 to 48 hours beyond prerequisites.
Courses at the 4000 level applied toward the degree must be taken at FSU unless specifically exempted by the Chair on written request. A grade of C minus or higher is required in all courses taken for the major.

The following courses are required of all mathematics majors: (11 to 18 hours).
MAS 3105 (4) Applied Linear Algebra
MGF 3301 (3) Introduction to Advanced Mathematics
STA 4321 (3) Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing. (Either will satisfy the computer skills competency requirement and may also be used to satisfy one of the prerequisite requirements).
PHY 2048C (5) General Physics with Laboratory. This may also apply as prerequisite science.

Mathematics majors must complete one of the following options: (15 to 33 hours)
A. Mathematics: 15 hours
All of the following (6 hours)
MAS 4302 (3) Introduction to Abstract Algebra I
MAA 4224 (3) Introduction to Analysis or MAA 4226 (3) Advanced Calculus I

Three additional courses (9 hours)
These are to be selected from a list of approved courses. At least two must be at the 4000 level and least one of the following sequences, or an approved substitution, must be completed: MAA 4226-4227 or MAD 3703-4704 or MAP 4341-4342 or MAS 4302-4303 or MTG 4302 and MAA 4402. Contact the department for a list of approved courses or consult the University Bulletin

B. Applied Mathematics: (15 hours)
All of the following (9 hours)
MAD 3703 (3) Numerical Analysis I
MAP 4103 (3) Mathematical Modeling
MAP 4341 (3) Elementary Partial Differential Equations I

Two additional courses (6 hours)
These are to be selected from a list of approved courses. Contact the department for the list of approved courses or consult the University Bulletin.

C. Biomathematics: (31 hours)
Required mathematics courses (3 hours)
MAP 4481 (3) Math modeling in Biology

All of the following collateral courses (19 hours)
BSC 2010 and 2010L (3, 1) Biological Science I and Lab
BSC 2011 and 2011L (3,1) Biological Science II and Lab
CHM 1045C (4) General Chemistry I and Lab
CHM 1046C (4) General Chemistry II and Lab
PCB 3063 (3) General Genetics

Additional coursework: (9 hours)
Choose from the following list:
MAA 4224 Intro to Analysis or MAA 4226 Advanced Calculus I (3)
MAA 4227 Advanced Calculus II (3)
MAA 4402 Complex Variables (3)
MAP 4108 Game Theory (3)
MAP 4153 Vector Calculus (3)
MAP 4202 Calculus of Variations (3)
MAP 4341 Partial Differential Equations I (3)
MAP 4342 Partial Differential Equations II (3)
MAS 4342 Linear Algebra II (3)
MTG 4302 Topology (3)
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3)
or other approved 4000-level math courses

Minor Coursework: (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Options):
12 hours in an approved minor department or 15 hours in an approved interdepartmental minor beyond General Education and the language requirement. Consult the department regarding acceptable minors. A minor is not required for Biomathematics.

Computer Skills Competency: 0-3 hours. COP 3014 (3) Programming I or ISC 3313 (3) Introduction to Scientific Computing.

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 24*
Major Coursework 30 to 48 beyond prerequisites
Minor Coursework 12-15 for Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; Biomedical Mathematics does not require a minor.
Computer Skills 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Competency 0-3
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*NOTE: Prerequisite courses may be used to fulfill the mathematics and science requirements for General Education .


Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.


Remarks
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.


Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Mathematician; teacher: high school, college, university; statistician, econometrist; operations research analyst; systems analyst; technical writer.

Representative Employers: Engineering and financial firms, high schools, governmental agencies, colleges and universities, research/development firms.


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