Jun 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mathematical Sciences: Biology Concentration, BS


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Program Description


The Mathematical Sciences curriculum is designed to be versatile. Students gain a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts and methods that are applicable in sciences, engineering, business, industry, and other professions requiring a strong mathematical background. In addition to the basic courses that provide necessary mathematical skills, the curriculum allows students to select an emphasis area or concentration, providing an introduction to a specific area where mathematics is used. These are Actuarial Science/Financial Mathematics, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research/Management Science, and Statistics.

In addition to the overall goal of preparing students to cope with a variety of mathematical problems, the curriculum seeks to provide an adequate background for students who plan to pursue graduate study or positions in business, industry, or government. Students electing the Biology Concentration will have the necessary preparation for entering medical school. More information about the degree program can be found at http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/mathematical-sciences/.

All mathematical sciences majors are required to complete a capstone experience that provides an opportunity to pursue research, independent study, or an approved internship under the direction of a faculty member, or the opportunity to study mathematical models in some area of the mathematical sciences. The capstone experience requires a written report (thesis, computer code, project description, intern experience, etc.) and an oral or poster presentation by each student.

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan

Under this plan, students may reduce the time necessary to earn both degrees by applying up to 12 graduate credits to both undergraduate and graduate program requirements. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements for pursuing the combined degree from the Department of Mathematical Sciences http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/mathematical-sciences/. as early as possible in their undergraduate program. Enrollment guidelines and procedures can be found under Academic Regulations  in this catalog.

Program Requirements


Freshman Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Junior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 16

Senior Year


First Semester


Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester


Credit Hours: 13

Total Credits: 121


Footnotes


1 Up to eight credits in computer science satisfied by one of the following combinations

Students selecting an option that does not add up to eight credits must make up the remaining 1-2 credits by taking an elective.

2 See General Education Requirements . ECON 2000  or ECON 2110  is recommended.

3 See General Education Requirements . Six of these credit hours must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and Science and Technology in Society Requirements.

4 PHYS 1220  and PHYS 1240 ; or PHYS 2070  and PHYS 2090  

5 PHYS 2080  and PHYS 2100 ; or PHYS 2210  and PHYS 2230  

6 Select from ENGL 3040 , ENGL 3120 , ENGL 3140  or ENGL 3150 ; or the cluster of courses AS 3090 , AS 3100 , AS 4090  and AS 4100 ; or the cluster of courses ML 3010 , ML 3020 , ML 4010 , and ML 4020 .

7 Any 4000-level MATH or STAT course approved by advisor.

8 See General Education Requirements .

9 BIOL 3020 , BIOL 3030  or BIOL 3040  

10 May be satisfied by (1) completion of six credits of MATH 4820 ; (2) completion of six credits of MATH 4910  or an approved substitution; or (3) completion of three credits of MATH 4500  and three credits of an additional course approved by advisor selected from MATH 4030 , MATH 4060 , MATH 4070 , MATH 4080 , MATH 4100 , MATH 4190 , MATH 4310 , MATH 4340 , MATH 4350 , MATH 4410 , MATH 4420 , MATH 4600 , MATH 4820 , MATH 4910  

11 BCHM 3050 , GEN 3020 , MICR 3050 , or any 3000-4000-level BIOL course

Notes:

  1. For graduation, a candidate for the BS degree in Mathematical Sciences will be required to have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average in all required MATH courses.
  2. Students who change majors to Mathematical Sciences must have achieved the Minimum Cumulative Grade-Point Average (MCGPA) by Total Credit Hour Level as defined in the Academic Regulations  section of this catalog and must have received a grade of C or better in all MATH courses taken.

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