Requirements for the Certificate

The Five College Certificate in Biomathematical Sciences is currently available to students enrolled at Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges.

A minimum of six courses are required:

  • One gateway course: Frontiers in Biomathematics (IDP 170)
  • 4 courses in the life sciences (Biology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry) or 4 courses in the quantitative sciences (Math, Statistics, Computer Science)
  • A capstone course in biomathematical or biostatistical methods or an honors thesis in a biomathematical sciences topic
  • A research experience of one summer (or equivalent) with a team of life and mathematical science mentors.

The four courses are expected to complement the student's major. For example, life sciences majors would take four courses on the Math/Stats/Computer science side and alternatively, quantitative science majors would take four courses on the life sciences side. At least two of the complementary courses should be upper level courses. Hybrid courses, e.g., computational biology, bioinformatics, biostatistics, would count toward either life sciences or quantitative sciences. Frontiers in Biomathematics (offered Spring only) is the only course that is exclusive to the certificate.

To explore the certificate program, contact your campus certificate advisor of Denise Lello at dlello at Smith dot edu.

Currently, the certificate is available for students at Smith, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire College. Interested students at these colleges may apply for the program certificate by filling out the application form.