Ian Besse, PhD

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Price Hall 208 (Forest Grove)

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Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then.

MATH 125 | Precalculus

MATH 207 | General Elementary Statistics

MATH 227 | Calculus II

MATH 301 | Mathematical Modeling

MATH 306 | Linear Algebra

MATH 326 | Introduction to Analysis

MATH 405 | Real Analysis

MATH 490 | Senior Capstone I

MATH 492 | Senior Capstone II


PhD Applied Mathematical and Computational Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2010

MS, Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 2006.

BA, Mathematics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 2000


I. Besse, and N. Rhee. A Numerical Method for Calculating Minimum Distance to Near Earth Objects. Applied Mathematics and Computation, 2014; 237: 274-281.

I. Besse, C. Mitchell, T. Hund, and E. Shibata. A computational investigation of cardiac caveolae as a source of persistent sodium current, Frontiers in Physiology, 2011; 2:87.

I. Besse, M. Madsen, D. Bushnell, M. Juweid. Modeling Combined Radiopharmaceutical Therapy: a linear optimization framework, Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment, 2009; 8(1): 51-60.

M. Madsen, D. Bushnell, M. Juweid, Y. Menda, M.S. O'Dorisio, T. O'Dorisio, and I. Besse. Potential Increased Tumor-Dose Delivery with Combined 131I-MIBG and 90YDOTATOC Treatment in Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Theoretic Model, Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 2006; 47:660-667.

Senior Projects Supervised

Jack McCorkel: Mathematical Modeling of Voter Turnout and Preference (2012 – 2013)

Matthew Morse: Modeling the One-Dimensional Propagation of the Caveolae-Inclusive Cardiac action Potential. (2013-2014)

Eva Forrester: Mathematics of Decision Making (2013-2014)

Biomathematics Workshop

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