Math 373: Introduction to Mathematical Biology
Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
NJIT Academic Integrity Code: All Students should be aware that the Department of Mathematical Sciences takes the University Code on Academic Integrity at NJIT very seriously and enforces it strictly. This means that there must not be any forms of plagiarism, i.e., copying of homework, class projects, or lab assignments, or any form of cheating in quizzes and exams. Under the University Code on Academic Integrity, students are obligated to report any such activities to the Instructor.
Course Information
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the use of mathematical techniques applied to problems in biology. Discrete and continuous models of biological phenomena will be discussed. Biological topics discussed range from the subcellular molecular systems and cellular behavior to physiological problems, population biology and developmental biology. Techniques of phase plane analysis for differential equations are introduced in the course. No prior background in biology is necessary. Effective From: Spring 2009.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Math 211 with a grade of C or better or 213 with a grade of C or better or 213H with a grade of C or better and Math 337 with a grade of C or better.
CourseSection and Instructors
CourseSection 
Instructor 
Math 373002 
Professor J. MacLaurin 
Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Spring 2019 Office Hours and Emails
Required Textbook:
Title 
A Primer on Mathematical Models in Biology 
Author 
Lee A. Segel and Leah EdelsteinKeshet 
Edition 
 
Publisher 
SIAM 
ISBN # 
9781611972498 
Universitywide Withdrawal Date: The last day to withdraw with a W is Monday, April 8, 2019. It will be strictly enforced.
Course Goals
Course Objectives
 Be able to solve, analyze, and interpret mathematical models of biological phenomena.
 Be able to develop an appropriate mathematical model given a description of a biological system.
Course Outcomes
 Students have improved geometrical thinking and qualitative problemsolving skills.
 Students have a greater understanding of mathematical modeling as a means of unifying related concepts.
 Students are prepared for further study in mathematics and biology.
Course Assessment: The assessment of objectives is achieved through homework, exams, and a final project.
Policies
DMS Course Policies: All DMS students must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. DMS takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:
Homework 
25% 
Midterm Exam I 
25% 
Midterm Exam II 
25% 
Final Project 
25% 
Your final letter grade will be based on the following tentative curve.
A 
90  100 
C 
70  74 
B+ 
85  89 
D 
60  69 
B 
80  84 
F 
0  59 
C+ 
75  79 


Attendance Policy: Attendance at all classes will be recorded and is mandatory. Please make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department’s Attendance Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Homework Policy: Homework is due in class one week after it is assigned. Late homework will either be penalized or not accepted.
Quiz Policy: There will be a 5 minute written quiz at the beginning of certain lectures on Thursdays.
Project: The final project will include an oral presentation made during the final exam period (May 10 – May 16).
Exams: There will be two midterm exams held in class during the semester. Exams are held on the following days:
Midterm Exam I 
March 13, 2019 
Midterm Exam II 
April 17, 2019 
The final exam will test your knowledge of all the course material taught in the entire course. Make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department's Examination Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Makeup Exam Policy: There will be No makeup QUIZZES OR EXAMS during the semester. In the event an exam is not taken under rare circumstances where the student has a legitimate reason for missing the exam, the student should contact the Dean of Students office and present written verifiable proof of the reason for missing the exam, e.g., a doctor’s note, police report, court notice, etc. clearly stating the date AND time of the mitigating problem. The student must also notify the Math Department Office/Instructor that the exam will be missed.
Software: XPP/XPPAUT is a computer simulation platform created and maintained by G. Bard Ermentrout. It is widely used by mathematical biologists and is freely available online. Students should download it to their computers from http://www.math.pitt.edu/~bard/xpp/xpp.html. MATLAB is a mathematical software program that is used throughout the science and engineering curricula. Students should download it to their computers from the IST software downloads page. For this class, you will be required to write code and simulate models using both XPP and MATLAB.
Cellular Phones: All cellular phones and other electronic devices must be switched off during all class times.
Additional Resources
Math Tutoring Center: Located in the Central King Building, Lower Level, Rm. G11 (See: Spring 2019 Hours)
Further Assistance: For further questions, students should contact their instructor. All instructors have regular office hours during the week. These office hours are listed on the Math Department's webpage for Instructor Office Hours and Emails.
All students must familiarize themselves with and adhere to the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. The Department of Mathematical Sciences takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Accommodation of Disabilities: Disability Support Services (DSS) offers long term and temporary accommodations for undergraduate, graduate and visiting students at NJIT.
If you are in need of accommodations due to a disability please contact Chantonette Lyles, Associate Director of Disability Support Services at 9735965417 or via email at lyles@njit.edu. The office is located in Fenster Hall Room 260. A Letter of Accommodation Eligibility from the Disability Support Services office authorizing your accommodations will be required.
For further information regarding self identification, the submission of medical documentation and additional support services provided please visit the Disability Support Services (DSS) website at:
Important Dates (See: Spring 2019 Academic Calendar, Registrar)
Date 
Day 
Event 
January 22, 2019 
T 
First Day of Classes 
February 1, 2019 
F 
Last Day to Add/Drop Classes 
March 17  24, 2019 
Su  Su 
Spring Recess  No Classes, NJIT Open 
April 8, 2019 
M 
Last Day to Withdraw 
April 19, 2019 
F 
Good Friday  No Classes, NJIT Closed 
May 7, 2019 
T 
Friday Classes Meet/ Last Day of Classes 
May 8 & 9, 2019 
W & R 
Reading Days 
May 10  16, 2019 
F  R 
Final Exam Period 