Biomathematics (BS)

Biomathematics (BS)

Do you have an interest in both math and biological sciences? Are you ready to explore some of the most innovative career opportunities of our time? If so, check out what Scranton’s biomathematics program has to offer.

About

Biomathematics uses advanced mathematics to solve medical and biological problems. This unique interdisciplinary field prepares graduates to tackle challenges in fields such as epidemiology, molecular biology, physiology and population biology. Professionals serve as bridges among biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and others. 

Why Biomathematics is in Demand:

  • Employment of mathematicians is expected to grow much faster than average in the coming years. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Mathematics is one of the ten highest paying majors according to the National Bureau for Economic Research.
  • The career options for trained mathematicians are extensive. Graduates are well-qualified to use their skills in research, business or other professional environments.
  • Interdisciplinary study in math and biology qualifies graduates for a broad range of jobs.

Is it for me?

Are you:

  • Intrigued by both mathematics and science?
  • Innovative?
  • Someone who loves to make connections and solve problems with sophisticated methods?

Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Biomathematics (BS)

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Leadership and innovation.   Scranton’s biomathematics major, pioneered in 1999, demonstrates the forward thinking of the University’s mathematics department. The program remains in an elite group even as biomathematics fields continue to expand. The program has produced two Goldwater Scholars: Han Li (2004) and Melissa Wasilewski (2009).
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Dedicated faculty.   Award-winning professors teach in the department, including experts in biomathematics. These scholars are also friendly, supportive and generously accessible to students.
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State-of-the-art facilities.    The exceptional Loyola Science Center brings the mathematics department and all of Scranton’s science departments together, fostering the collaboration that is so essential in an interdisciplinary degree.
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Jesuit education.   The Jesuit approach challenges students to open their minds and pursue excellence. Focus on the unique talents of the individual is paramount.
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Strong community.    The supportive community of students, faculty and staff provides an excellent environment for academic and personal growth.
  • Preparing You For Personal & Professional Successplus or minus

    You'll learn how to:

    • Utilize sophisticated mathematical techniques to solve problems related to biology.
    • Work effectively in both math-focused and science-focused environments.
    • Identify and formulate areas for study and research.
    • Think critically as well as creatively.

    A degree in Biomathematics gives you the breadth of knowledge for greater flexibility in your career.

    - Thomas Shimkus, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

  • What You'll Learnplus or minus

    Curriculum

    Biomathematics students at The University of Scranton choose between the Pre-Health track and the Research track.


    Each student takes a sequence of math courses, which include calculus, differential equations, linear algebra and probability and statistics. Students also take sequences of biology, chemistry and physics classes. The Pre-Health track contains three biology electives and biochemistry. The Research track contains two biology electives and partial differential equations and applied combinatorics.

    Click here to see the curriculum.

    Internships

    Students are encouraged to check out the American Mathematical Society website for a list of internships and co-ops.

  • Pursue Your Passion and Make a Differenceplus or minus

    Biomathematicians address some of the most pressing challenges in society, ranging from public health to medical advances to environmental science. Students learn to approach these challenges with sophisticated mathematical techniques. The capacity for making a difference in the world is exciting and gratifying.

    Biomathematics students can begin to make a difference as undergraduates, participating in faculty-sponsored research, collaborating with other students and completing internships and honors projects.

Careers

Where will biomathematics take me?

Biomathematics graduates are well prepared to enter exciting careers or to pursue advanced study. Students find jobs in the areas of public health, environmental engineering, research and academics. Many pursue medical school or graduate degrees and/or Ph.D.’s in pharmacology, biochemistry, biostatistics and other fields. 

The solid educational background and passion for their field of interest prepares Scranton biomathematics graduates for rewarding futures.

Top Graduate Schools

Recent biomathematics graduates have attended programs including:

  • University of Arizona, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
  • Virginia Tech, Ph.D., Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, M.D., Medicine
  • Texas A&M, Ph.D., Cardiovascular Lymphatic Biology
  • Texas A&M Biostatistics MPH
  • Temple University School of Medicine, M.D., Medicine
  • Cornell University, Ph.D., Biochemistry
  • Georgetown University, M.S., Biostatistics
  • Jefferson Medical College, M.D., Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.S., Biostatistics
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, D.O., Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • University of Scranton, D.P.T., Physical Therapy

Employment Opportunities

Just a few of the prestigious positions that University of Scranton biomathematics majors have held:

  • Albert Einstein School of Medicine, research coordinator and biostatistician
  • Polk State College, professor
  • Princeton University, associate research specialist
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, postdoctoral fellow
  • Cardiovascular Research Foundation, biostatistician
  • University of Vermont, research fellow
  • Florida State University, research fellow

How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge

Competitive Edge

The Biomathematics program at Scranton is nationally known and respected. It is a unique program not offered at many universities. The interdisciplinary approach not only gives graduates an exceptional range of skills, but also opens their minds to broad areas of science. They are practiced in the kind of collaboration that is essential for success in today’s world.

Take the Next Step

For More Information

Office of Admissions
The Estate
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Fax: 570-941-7572
admissions@scranton.edu

Department of Mathematics
Jennifer Vasquez, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Mathematics
(570) 941- 6113
jennifer.vasquez@scranton.edu