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CLIMB coursework


Classroom instruction in courses like BIS 132 supplement the CLIMB program.

We've designed the CLIMB program to introduce students to a range of biological problems and modeling techniques. Through the academic year, trainees will learn how to work as members of an interdisciplinary research team while gradually developing the independence needed to complete a summer collaborative project that uses mathematics and computation to answer a biological question.

As a trainee, you’ll participate in a year-long program that lays the foundations for doing research.

  • Fall: BIS 133 (3 units) introduces emerging research problems at the interface of biology and mathematics through faculty research presentations, problem sets, and readings.
  • Winter: trainees continue to take BIS 133 to work on a small-scale group project drawn from the research clusters and begin to formulate a problem for summer research
  • Spring: the student team develops their problem for summer collaborative research, with help from faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student mentors.
  • Summer: the team carries out its collaborative project

To enhance their modeling skills, CLIMB trainees also are expected to take one mathematical biology course that surveys mathematical modeling methods applied to a wide range of biological problems:

  • Fall Option: Introduction to Dynamical Models in Modern Biology, BIS 132 (prerequisites: calculus and one biology course)
    lecture MWF 9-9:50am, lab M 10:00-11:50
  • Spring Option: Mathematical Biology, MAT 124 (prerequisites: linear algebra and differential equations; offered only in spring of even numbered years).

CLIMB trainees will receive up to $8900, paid at the rate of $15 per hour.

calculations from the CLIMB core course

Calculations for a problem in biofluid dynamics from the fall 2006 core course.