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Mathematical Biology

Solutions for 21st-century challenges involve complex systems that no single discipline can fully address. Mathematical biology, a program in the field of applied mathematics, aims to represent biological processes using a variety of mathematical tools and techniques. Mathematical modelling has direct impact in areas such as disease prevention, the development of ecosystems and waste management. York offers Canada’s only degree in mathematical biology, and as a fourth-year student, you will have the opportunity to acquire real-life problem-solving skills in a required research project. Experience directly the intersection of math and the life sciences, as well as the role it plays in our everyday concerns.

Degrees Offered:
Specialized Honours Major (BSc)
Honours Major (BSc)
Honours Minor (BSc)

Professor Jane Heffernan and her students using robots to describe random walks in Math 4090 (Mathematical Modelling)

Outlook: As a program graduate, you will leave with the tools and knowledge allowing you to help solve the problems of modern life. Career paths include: biomathematician, disease-prevention specialist, pharmaceutical researcher, conservationist.

Courses:  An Honours program takes 4 years. The Specialized Honours degree requires more Math/Stats courses. A Major can be combined with another Major or Minor, but it doesn't have to be. A Minor must be combined with a Major degree. A Minor in mathematical biology must be combined with an Honours Major in biology, or kinesiology and health science. Students may choose an area of application in biology or health, or pursue general interests. Examples include: Biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, human biology/anatomy, genetics/molecular genetics, plant science, ecology, epidemiology, immunology, virology, biomechanics, etc. For details, see the undergraduate supplemental calendar. Courses in first year are the same for all Math/Stats programs, so you have time to decide! For course offerings this year, see the course listings.

Why choose us? We have great student clubs and undergraduate research opportunities and a wonderful community. Also, find out where our alumni end up!

How to apply: Convinced? For information on applying, click here. Information on admission requirements is available here.