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Integrating Mathematics and Biology
The BioMath Connection (BMC) & Integrating Mathematics and Biology (IMB) Projects

What is the BioMath Connection (BMC) Project?

BMC was a pioneering project linking biology and mathematics in the high schools. It provided an opportunity for high school teachers, writers, researchers, and others to get in on the ground floor of developing innovative classroom materials. The materials consist of 15 modules that can be flexibly adapted for use in a variety of courses at a variety of grade levels in both biology and mathematics. The project was run by DIMACS at Rutgers University in collaboration with the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) and Colorado State University (CSU).

What is Integrating Mathematics and Biology (IMB)?

IMB follows up the BMC project by developing the BMC modules into a textbook that will be the cornerstone of a new biomathematics course for high school seniors. The BMC modules are being expanded into units, each with several lessons. Five new units are also being developed to augment the existing BMC units. Each unit can be covered in a week with extensions to the second week depending on student and teacher interest. The units are being written by teams of writers with the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP) once again taking the lead in managing the writing.

IMB Project Activities:
  • Developing, testing, and implementing an innovative mix of fifteen biomath instructional modules for grades 9-12.

  • Developing, testing and implementing a new biomath course for high school seniors.

  • Expanding the fifteen BMC modules into textbook units, developing and testing five additional units to be combined with the previous fifteen units into a textbook for the course.

  • Hosting workshops to assist authors in writing the modules/units and teachers in teaching them.

  • Widely disseminating the materials we create.

IMB Project Goals:
  • Broadening understanding of the new intersection between mathematics and biology,

  • Producing materials that that take advantage of unique opportunities for interactive learning,

  • Making biomathematics relevant to students by offering examples that show its use woven throughout daily life.

  • Widely disseminating IMB materials.

Download  BMC-IMB Flyer

Download  Biology Teacher Journal article about the BMC-IMB project

This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number NSF DRL-1020166. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.