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Which courses (undergrad level but also master's level) in mathematics and statistics should be taken by a student aiming for a PhD in mathematical biology?

The basics I imagine are: Calculus courses, linear algebra and probability.

But then I would guess other important courses would be: ODE, PDE, Complex analysis(?), Fourier analysis(?), Markov chains(?) (the ones with (?) I am unsure about).

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I think a student should consult with math and/or biology faculty at his/her university. If they don't know, they probably know someone who does. –  Gerry Myerson Feb 22 '12 at 23:11
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