## QUANTITATIVE CURRICULUM FOR LIFE SCIENCE STUDENTS

## Supported by the National Science Foundation's Undergraduate
Course and Curriculum Program through Grant #USE-9150354 to
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Despite the fact that quantitative methods and theoretical developments
have become central to modern biology, the quantitative training of
undergraduate life science students is generally considerably weaker than
that of students in the physical sciences. A well-supported reform movement to
introduce new methods for quantitative training of undergraduates,
particularly in the calculus, has recently begun to produce many new
educational models. I have carried out a variety of activities as part of
an NSF-supported project to produce a flexible curriculum of quantitative
courses for undergraduate life science students, able to be integrated with
the biological courses these students take and utilizing examples from recent
biological research. Two Workshops have been organized, the first of which
provided guidelines for key concepts and content for entry-level and
upper-division quantitative courses, and the second one focusing on
methods to incorporate more quantitative concepts directly within life
science courses.