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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Biology and Mathematics

Programme code:BS-BLGY&MATHUCAS code:CG11
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr. Grant Lythe Contact address:G.D.Lythe@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB from three A-levels including Biology and A in Mathematics.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Mathematics

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Mathematics

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will aim to:
- introduce students to the major branches of mathematics and biology;
- meet the needs of students with varied mathematical and scientific backgrounds and with different aspirations;
- enable students to appreciate the coherence and logical structure of mathematics, and its applicability in biological sciences;
- impart an awareness of the values of research and scholarship and in mathematics and biological sciences;
- prepare students to work in fields where specific and broadly based advanced mathematical knowledge is required;
- enable students to embark on research in some area of mathematical biology, bioinformatics and genetics, quantitative biology and medicine.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must enrol on exactly 120 or 125 credits in each year of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BLGY1115Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1128Living Planet20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
MATH1050Calculus and Mathematical Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
MATH1055Numbers and Vectors10 creditsSemester 1
MATH1060Introductory Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 2
MATH1400Modelling with Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2
MATH1710Probability and Statistics I10 creditsSemester 1
MATH1712Probability and Statistics II10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students must enrol on exactly one of the following modules.

BLGY1234Practical Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1236Practical Applied Biology10 creditsSemester 2


Students must choose 10 or 15 credits from the list below. Please note that students who enrol on BLGY1236 must also enrol on BLGY1211.

BIOL1214Multicellular Systems10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY1005Tutorials (Joint Honours)5 creditsSemester 1
BLGY1211Applied Biology and Agriculture10 creditsSemester 2
BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology10 creditsSemester 2
MATH1510Financial Mathematics 115 creditsSemester 2
MICR1201Introduction to Microbiology10 creditsSemester 2
MICR1220Introduction to Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

In all cases the choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Head of the School of Mathematics.

Discovery modules:


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must enrol on exactly 120 or 125 credits in each year of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following modules:

BLGY2163How Plants Work10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2223Organismal Evolution10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2365Vector Calculus15 creditsSemester 1
MATH2375Linear Differential Equations and Transforms15 creditsSemester 2
MATH2391Nonlinear Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Students are required to take at least one of the modules from the following:
List A

MATH2715Statistical Methods10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2735Statistical Modelling10 creditsSemester 1

Students are required to take at least 20 credits from the following optional modules:
List B

BLGY2137Parasitology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2144Population and Community Ecology20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2296Human Genetics10 creditsSemester 2

Depending on the choices above, students need to take further modules from the following list to ensure that they are enrolled on at least 50 credits of Maths modules and at least 50 credits of Biology modules (MICR2221 counts as a Biology module).
List C:

BLGY2175Human Populations10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY2201Introduction to Bioinformatics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2222Animal Behaviour10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY2293Animal Physiology: from Ants to Whales10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2620Fluid Dynamics 110 creditsSemester 2
MATH2740Environmental Statistics10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2750Introduction to Markov Processes10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2775Survival Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2800Mathematics into Schools10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MATH2900Maths at Work10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MATH2920Computational Mathematics10 creditsSemester 1
MICR2221Medical Immunology10 creditsSemester 2

!! IMPORTANT !! When choosing options, students must take into account which modules they intend to take in Year 3 to make sure that they have the necessary prerequisites. Please refer to the information from the Programme Meetings.

Discovery modules:

Discovery modules:
Up to 20 credits of Discovery modules at level 1 or 2 may be chosen.
Module choices are subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator, and are subject to timetable constraints.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Students must enrol on exactly 120 or 125 credits, including at least 100 credits at level 3, with at least 40 credits of level 3 Mathematics, and at least 40 credits of level 3 Biology modules. EPIB3036 and EDUC3060 count as Mathematics modules for this purpose.

Compulsory modules:

Please note that the Compulsory modules may change from year to year. Please consult with the Programme Manager if you require more information.

Students are required to study the following compulsory module:

MATH3565Mathematical Biology15 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Students must choose at least 85 credits from lists A, B and C.

20 or 40 credits from list A must be chosen.
Students who enrol on BLGY3345 must choose at least a further 20 credits of Biology options.

LIST A

BLGY3021Research Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
BLGY3345Biology Integrated Research Projects40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MATH3001Project in Mathematics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

At least one module from list B must be chosen.

LIST B

MATH3567Evolutionary Modelling15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3880Introduction to Statistics and DNA10 creditsSemester 2

Further options must be chosen from list C.

LIST C

BLGY3110Applied Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3122Social Insect Biology10 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3133Advanced Topics in Ecology20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3135Advanced Topics in Behaviour: from sex to death20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3152Advanced Topics in Human Genetics20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3173Plant Growth, Resources and Food Security20 creditsSemester 1
BLGY3232Epigenetics20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3245Advanced Topics in Evolution20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3246Evolution and Population Genetics10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3247Advanced Topics in Conservation Science20 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3251Animal Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3252Plant Developmental Biology10 creditsSemester 2
BLGY3291Comparative Genomics10 creditsSemester 2
EDUC3060Mathematics Education10 creditsSemester 1
EPIB3036Introduction to Clinical Trials15 creditsSemester 2
MATH2017Real Analysis15 creditsSemester 2
MATH2040Mathematical Logic 110 creditsSemester 1
MATH2051Geometry of Curves and Surfaces10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2230Discrete Mathematics10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2231Discrete Mathematics with Computation15 creditsSemester 2
MATH2410Special Relativity10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2600Numerical Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2601Numerical Analysis with Computation15 creditsSemester 2
MATH2620Fluid Dynamics 110 creditsSemester 2
MATH2650Calculus of Variations10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2715Statistical Methods10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2735Statistical Modelling10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2740Environmental Statistics10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2750Introduction to Markov Processes10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2775Survival Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2920Computational Mathematics10 creditsSemester 1
MATH3015History of Mathematics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3113Differential Geometry15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3143Combinatorics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3355Hamiltonian Systems15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3365Mathematical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3374Linear and Non-Linear Waves15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3375Hydrodynamic Stability15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3385Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3396Dynamical Systems15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3397Nonlinear Dynamics15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3414Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3424Introduction to Entropy in the Physical World15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3458Geophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3459Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3491Discrete Systems and Integrability15 creditsNot running in 201718
MATH3531Cosmology10 creditsSemester 2
MATH3620Fluid Dynamics 215 creditsSemester 1
MATH3714Linear Regression and Robustness15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3723Statistical Theory15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3733Stochastic Financial Modelling15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3772Multivariate Analysis10 creditsSemester 1
MATH3802Time Series10 creditsSemester 1
MATH3820Bayesian Statistics10 creditsSemester 1
MATH3823Generalised Linear Models10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Up to 20 credits of Discovery modules at level 2 or 3, or from level 1 Skills Discovery modules may be chosen.

Module choices are subject to approval by the Programme Coordinator, and are subject to timetable constraints.

Last updated: 12/06/2017

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