# Mathematics Majors

Bioinformatics Option for Mathematics Majors

**Goal ** **Curriculum** **Sequence ** **Advisors**

## Purpose and Goals

There is a need at Hunter College to prepare and train a new generation of mathematicians and statisticians capable of using computational analysis to solve important engineering problems arising from the new frontiers of biology and medicine at the molecular level. The quantitative biology curriculum will give Mathematics students the necessary background in Biology and Computer Science that they need for a working understanding of the subject-matter, while putting a strong emphasis on a rigorous methodological training. These students will be well prepared for bioengineering careers in bioinformatics, the pharmaceutical industry, and the biotechnology industry. They will also be well prepared for graduate studies in the mathematics and statistics of bioinformatics.

Mathematics QuBi concentrators will be able to develop and implement numerical algorithms as well as define and apply stochastic and deterministic mathematical models for the study of biological processes.

The Department of Mathematics & Statistics also has an MA program in Statistics and Applied Mathematics with track III in Bioinformatics

## Curriculum

**Major Entry Requirements – 8 credits**

MATH 150 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4 cr.)

MATH 155 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 cr.)

**Major Core Curriculum – 27 credits **

MATH 250 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 cr.)

MATH 254 Ordinary Differential Equations (3 cr.)

MATH 255 Vector Analysis (3 cr.)

MATH 260 Linear Algebra (4 cr.)

MATH 311 Abstract Algebra I (3 cr.)

MATH 351 Mathematical Analysis I (3 cr.)

STAT 213 Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 cr.)

STAT 311 Probability Theory (3 cr.)

Symbolic Computation Proficiency Requirement

**–**As a requirement for graduation with a BA in mathematics, students must demonstrate entry level proficiency in symbolic computation. This requirement can be met in any of the following ways:

a) passing any one of MATH 126, MATH 151, MATH 154, MATH 385;

b) passing a departmental exam in a computer algebra system (currently we use MATHEMATICA or the equivalent)

In order to pursue the Bioinformatics concentration (option 5), students are required to complete the following sequences, in addition to the core courses listed above:**Statistics Component – 3 credits**

**Computing Component – 6 credits**

CSCI 132 Practical UNIX and Programming (3 cr.) (NEW)

CSCI 232 Relational Database and SQL (3 cr.) (NEW)

Students will also take the following natural science courses, which will fulfill the requirements for a major in Biology or in Chemistry:

**Chemistry Component – 12 credits **

CHEM 104 General Chemistry II (3 cr.)

CHEM 106 General Chemistry Lab (3 cr.)

CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry (3 cr.)

The GER/2/E block consists of at least 7 credits.

**Biology Component– 12 credits **

BIOL 203 Molecular Biology and Genetics (4.5 cr.)

BIOL 425 Computational Molecular Biology (3 cr.) (NEW)

**TOTAL CREDITS FOR THE MATHEMATICS/BIOINFORMATICS MAJOR: AT LEAST 68 CREDITS**

## Sample Course Sequence*

*Please see a **QuBi Advisor **for individualized course plans

Fall (Year 1) – 7 creditsGER/1/B: MATH 150 (4 cr.) GER/2/E: CHEM 102 (3 cr.) |
Spring (Year 1) – 10 creditsMATH 155 (4 cr.) GER/2/E: CHEM 104-106 (6 cr.) |

Fall (Year 2) – 9.5 credits MATH 156 (1 cr.) MATH 250 (4 cr.) BIOL 100 (4.5 cr.) |
Spring (Year 2) – 10 credits MATH 254 (3 cr.) MATH 260 (4 cr.) STAT 213 (3 cr.) |

Fall (Year 3) – 9 credits MATH 351 (3 cr.) STAT 311 (3 cr.) CSCI 132 (3 cr.) |
Spring (Year 3) – 9 credits MATH 311 (3 cr.) CHEM 222 (3 cr.) CSCI 232 (3 cr.) |

Fall (Year 4) – 10.5 credits MATH 255 (3 cr.) STAT 319 (3 cr.) BIOL 203 (4.5 cr.) |
Spring (Year 4) – 3 credits BIOL 425 (3 cr.) |

## Faculty Adviser

- Dr Dana Sylvan, 212-772-5748, dsylvan@hunter.cuny.edu

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