Biomathematics is not contained explicity in the curriculum for the teacher training programme. However, simple models, for instance from population dynamics, ecology or epidemiology, are perfectly suited for illustrating interesting mathematical applications, for example recurrence relations or differential equations. This area is also wonderful for learning mathematical modelling. In principle bachelor and master's theses can be assigned, but you should get in touch with your prospective supervisor in time about the necessary prior knowledge.
There are no compulsory courses on biomathematics in the bachelor programme but there is an elective module, which is typically offered every second summer semester:
For students choosing this elective module there is an abundance of interesting topics for possible bachelor theses; for other students the possibilities are restricted but do exist, in particular with a good knowledge of differential equations and probability theory. Students intending to choose the specialization biomathematics in the master programme should choose the elective module biomathematics and game theory even though it is not a requirement for the master programme. Further particularly recommendable elective modules in view of the master programme in biomathematics are applied statistics or mathematical modelling.
In the master programme "biomathematics" in one of 7 areas of specialization. The basic courses in the specialization biomathematics consists of the following 5 compulsory modules:
The module stochastic processes is offered every winter semester, whereas the modules mathematical population genetics, mathematical ecology, and game theory are offered in a three semester cycle (ecology in WS2015, game theory in SS2016, population genetics in WS2016 etc.).
The offer of advanced courses for the master programme is closely linked to the research interests of the faculty members working in this area. Usually advanced courses are offered following one of the compulsory basic courses but also other topics from biomathematics, such as systems biology or pattern formation, are taught.
The master's thesis should be connected to one of the advanced courses but other topics can be assigned as master's theses as well. Students should get in touch with possible supervisors as soon as possible, preferably at the end of the first semester.
In principle all advanced courses for the master programme can be chosen as courses for the doctoral programme privided that they have not been credited for the master programme. The recognition of courses for the doctotal programme will be specified individually in an agreement ("Dissertationsvereinbarung").
Topics for a doctoral thesis are usually assigned from the areas of research of the supervisors. Students who are interested in writing a doctoral thesis should get in touch with a possible supervisor as soon as possible, i.e., before completing the master programme.