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Concentration in Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics

Why Study Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics?

Harnessing big data for the life sciences

In the last decade, new techniques — like next-generation DNA sequencing and computational approaches to collect valuable quantitative data — have revolutionized modern biology and impacted the practice of medicine. In response to the challenge of analyzing and interpreting this overwhelming amount of data, the fields of computer science, mathematics, and biology have come together to form the rapidly growing discipline of mathematical biology and bioinformatics (MBB).

As a student in the mathematical biology and bioinformatics concentration, you’ll be introduced to the key tools and developments in these fields. You’ll explore important research questions in cutting-edge biology using experimental techniques — as well as modeling and analytical tools from the mathematical, computational, and statistical sciences.

While you can combine this concentration with any major, it’s an especially good complement to majors in biochemistry and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; and mathematics.

Minimum number of courses to complete this concentration: 6

Requirements and Courses

Hands-On Learning

As a complement to this concentration, you can engage in a variety of related experiential learning opportunities, including internships, study abroad, and research.


A foundation in mathematical biology and bioinformatics is an asset to those seeking careers in biotechnology, engineering, pharmaceuticals, and software development.

Program Director

Professor David Hibbett     Phone: 1-508-793-7332