I'm in the second year of my studies of molecular biology and in the first year of my mathematics degree (in most german universities the concept of a "double major" does not really exist, so you need to "enroll" a second time in order to be granted two degrees at once).(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I'd certainly like to combine those two majors, in the sense that I'd like to eventually be able to apply the math I learn to solve biological questions. I've figured out that the best way to do this (beyond real analysis/multivariable calculus and linear algebra) is to get a decent treatment of Statistics, Probabilities, ODEs and PDEs, possibly graph theory.

Nevertheless to fullfill my requirements of the mathematics major, I have to choose two from the following list of topics:

Algebra I

Algebra II

Complex Analysis I

Complex Analysis II

Algebraic Topology I

Algebraic Topology II

Introductory Geometry

Mathematical logic

I am fairly certain that I'd enjoy algebra (the linear algebra courses so far have been rigorous - right now we study modules and their properties and since I've enjoyed them, I guess this is a good indicator that I will also like the algebra courses). Then again, I'm not sure how useful algebra is going to be. Also, I am not sure if it would be preferable to pick the first and second part of a course in order to get a deeper understanding or to just pick two different introductory courses in order to get a greater coverage of mathematical topics, which might eventually be of use.

What would you suggest?

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# Choosing suitable math subjects for a Molecular Biology/Math double major

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