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MA365A: Mathematical Biology

Calendar Description

An introduction to the use of differential equations and difference equations for the purpose of studying biological systems, with an emphasis on deterministic models. Material will include Leslie matrix models of population growth, Lotka-Volterra models of predation and competition, and compartmental models of disease spread. Attention will be devoted to both the construction and the analysis of the models. Mathematical analysis will include techniques from stability theory and bifurcation theory.


MA222, MA205; MA305 is recommended.


Professor Connell McCluskey (PhD)
Office: LH3035 (Lazaridis Hall)
E: cmccluskey@wlu.ca
T: x2847


Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. in 1C17 (Arts Building)


There is no required textbook for this course.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA365 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments: 50%
  • Final Exam (exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA365 and is provided for the convenience of students.