NEXUS is part of an increasingly active national conversation about how best to teach undergraduate science. The project brings together four universities with an ambitious goal: create and share effective models for teaching interdisciplinary science. Working together, the universities will create new courses, course modules and ways of assessing how well they work, as part of a four-year, $1.8 million commitment from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is one of four universities working toward this goal. UMBC is incorporating mathematical modeling into their introductory biology courses, including quantitative reasoning skills and mathematical approaches, to help students understand biological processes and living systems.