Models in Biology

Fall 2017
Winter 2018
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 25
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

ecology, plant biology

Models allow us to test our understanding of particular systems and, if the models are good, to make predictions. Types of models include conceptual, graphical, mathematical, and systems simulation models. In biology, processes that can be modeled range from Michaelis-Menten analysis of enzyme kinetics, to diffusion of carbon dioxide and water into and out of a leaf, to population dynamics of plant and animal species, to global climate models. This program will look at a range of approaches to modeling different levels of biological processes. After an introduction to modeling concepts and techniques, students will work in groups to construct models of biological processes of their own choosing. A high level of engagement and initiative is expected in this program; upper-division credit is possible. Students willing to share their expertise in some area of mathematics or computing are encouraged to participate.


Credits per quarter

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:

Upper division credit is possible by arrangement with the faculty.  Students will need to define what will make their work 'upper division', and to communicate with the faculty throughout the quarter to ensure that they are meeting expectations.

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 25

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule:

6-9:45p Wed, 9a-4:45p Sat

Located in: Olympia