The challenges of the 21st century require students to think critically and use quantitative skills. As the field of biology evolves, these skills will become fundamental to the study of biology. John von Neumann, the Hungarian-born mathematician, once said, “If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.” From a science–math point of view, people do not realize how complicated life is. If one is going to study science and/or engineering, they are going to need to develop skills in mathematics because it is at the core of all science and engineering. As we study biology, and start digging deeper and peel back layer...

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