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Mathematics: Life Sciences Emphasis (BA)

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Arts
Degree/Minor Description: 

Mathematics is a quantitative language that is used to describe processes within ecosystems, biological populations, and earth systems. The mathematical modeling and statistical analysis that is taught in the mathematics department at the UA throughout the coursework can be critical to analyzing and understanding environmental conditions. The Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics requires the same core mathematics coursework to be completed as the Bachelor of Science, but it requires 4th semester proficiency in a language and it does not require the student to take a lab science.  Students who pursue the Life Science emphasis are best prepared to pursue graduate studies in the life sciences. This emphasis provides an understanding for how mathematics can be used to understand life sciences, and students are required to minor in a biological science such as Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, or Environmental Sciences.

Research Opportunities: 

Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences: ACMS focuses on providing an environment for research and learning in the Mathematical Sciences. ACMS does research on modeling, understanding, and applicability of nonlinear processes in optics, fluids, neural networks and random distributed systems.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement