Modeling Biological Systems

Spring 2019
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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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.

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Prerequisites

High School Algebra II

Spring 2019 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16): 30218
So - Sr (16): 30221

Academic details

Preparatory For

biology and computer science.

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
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.
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Upper Division Science Credit

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

Schedule

In Person or Remote
Remote
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Purce Hall 2 - Lecture
Location
Olympia