BMX 100/101 has been renumbered IDP 170 for Fall 2016. Check back this summer for updates about faculty and modules scheduled for Fall 2016
Welcome to the 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 meets Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:15 in Ford 240 on the Smith College Campus, for four weeks beginning Monday September 12. The eight laboratory sessions will involve introduction and practice with Matlab scriptwriting focused on biological data.
This will be followed by 9 weeks of Monday only classes beginning October 17 that will be divided into two modules with an intervening week of biomath student fellows presentations. In addition to the course meetings, students are required to attend two biomath seminars during the semester. The first is at Smith College in September and the second is in October.
The module portion of the course includes 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.