Modeling Biological Systems

Spring 2019
Olympia
Olympia
Day
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

biology, biochemistry
Richard Weiss
mathematics, computer science

This program focuses on patterns in biology, bringing together biology and quantitative reasoning. Biological systems can be modeled on many different levels, from the molecular to diverse populations of interdependent organisms. We will find and model patterns in nature, predict model behavior, and test how well our models explain biological data.

Students will learn and write about the ways in which modeling is done to answer practical questions, such as how many fish a body of water can support or the number of fish that can be taken without disrupting the population. In the process of modeling, students will survey several biological systems, such as how proteins are synthesized, how viruses and bacteria function, and how ecological systems achieve stability. The program will approach modeling from an elementary mathematical perspective, assuming only a basic understanding of high school algebra. Students will learn about simple functions and ways to approximate them.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

biology and computer science.

16

Credits per quarter

Prerequisites:

High School Algebra II

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Upper division science credit:

Students who have appropriate preparatory science background may have the opportunity to earn upper division science credits.

Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen

Scheduled for: Day

Located in: Olympia