Welcome to the 2015 Frontiers Course webpage. This course is a gateway to the Four College Biomath Consortium Fellowship program and also the Smith College Biomathematics Concentration. All students are welcome. There are no prerequisites. We expect all students to have an interest in exploring biological questions using tools from the life sciences together with modeling and analytical tools from the mathematical and statistical sciences.
The course has two parts: BMX 101 and BMX 100. BMX 101 is the optional laboratory section that meets Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15 in Ford 240 on the Smith College Campus, for four weeks beginning September 9. The eight laboratory sessions will involve introduction and practice with Matlab scriptwriting focused on biological data.
The eight sessions of BMX 101 will be followed by 9 weeks of Monday only classes beginning October 19 (BMX 100) that will be divided into two modules with an intervening week of biomath student fellows presentations. BMX 100 can be taken alone for two credits. BMX 101 can only be taken concurrently with BMX 100, in which case students will receive four credits for BMX 100 and 101. In addition to the course meetings, students are required to attend two biomath seminars during the semester. The first is at Smith College September 24 and the second is at Amherst College October 21.
BMX 100 will present 2 different biomath research questions for students to investigate. Each of the two modules will engage students in data collection and or modeling and analysis of existing data. Students will work in groups to explore ways of thinking about biological questions and approaches to collecting and finding meaning in data.