
06618973
j
2016e.00949
Larripa, Kamila R.
Mazzag, Borbala
A modular approach to teaching mathematical modeling in biotechnology in the undergraduate curriculum.
PRIMUS, Probl. Resour. Issues Math. Undergrad. Stud. 26, No. 5, 485504 (2016).
2016
Taylor \& Francis, Philadelphia, PA
EN
M65
D35
D45
mathematical modeling
biotechnology
interdisciplinary undergraduate education
STEM
modules
doi:10.1080/10511970.2015.1104524
Summary: Our paper describes a solution we found to a still existing need to develop mathematical modeling courses for undergraduate biology majors. Some challenges of such courses are: (i) relatively limited exposure of biology students to higherlevel mathematical and computational concepts; (ii) availability of texts that can give a flavor of how contemporary biological problems are approached with quantitative methods; (iii) expectations to cover specific mathematical (or biological) content rather than teach a problemsolving approach. We solved these challenges by designing a course where several modules were developed, each beginning with a presentation from a campus expert in a biological area of research and concluding with a seminarstyle studentled paper presentation of an article that addresses the biological problem using mathematical and computational tools. The aim of the course was to expose students to the vast possibilities and potential in quantitative biology, and to give them a vocabulary to collaborate with mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists.