Shelby Center for Science and Technology at UAH in Huntsville, Alabama

UAH’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is dedicated to education, scholarship, and service in the mathematical sciences. We offer programs of study leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and to the doctor of philosophy degree in applied mathematics.

“Mathematics…is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.”

Mathematical Sciences (MA) Catalog Materials

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Joint Program Examination for the Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics



LOCATION:         Shelby Center Room 258A       

TIME:                  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

DATES:               May 8, 2018           Real Analysis        

                           May 10, 2018         Linear Algebra

A student wishing to take this examination on the above dates must register by May 1, 2018 in Shelby Center Room 258A.

Everyone who is considering taking this examination should meet as soon as possible with our departmental graduate program director, Dr. Boris Kunin, in Shelby Center Room 258L for helpful advice and information.


Being offered this Summer 2018:

MA 690 - Introduction to Bayesian Analysis

 MA 690-01  Monday & Wednesday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., SST 216     

MA 690-02  Tuesday & Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., SST 216


In June 2009, Air France 447 disappeared during its flight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Paris, France. Several search efforts were undertaken to find the plane including: 

  1. An initial weeklong search taken immediately after receiving notification of the crash performed by aircraft and surface ships near the flight’s last known position.
  2. A search for the plane’s underwater location beacons which were designed to transmit an acoustic signal upon coming in contact with water
  3. Three active sonar searches to find wreckage of the ship on the ocean floor

Ultimately, the only things found as a result of these searches were a couple of bodies and a portion of the plane’s galley. In July 2010, a group of researchers from Metron Inc. and the University of Cape Town were tasked by the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses to find the missing plane. After the publication of their report “Search Analysis for the Location of AF447” in January 2011, another search effort was undertaken based upon their research on April 3, 2011, nearly two years after the plane had gone missing. On April 8, 2011, it was reported that the plane had been found.            

The basis of this report was a mathematical tool called Bayesian Inference. As evidenced by the search based upon the report, Bayesian Inference can be extremely powerful. Furthermore, this tool has applications in various fields including Radar Engineering, Actuarial Sciences, Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, and Economics.  The intent of this course is to give students an overview and understanding of some of the techniques and theory of Bayesian Analysis. This course is designed for and open to any student who possesses a good work ethic and sufficient mathematical maturity. In particular, we will start the course with a survey of the most basic probabilistic concepts and build our way up to a discussion of the particle filter, which was the major tool detailed in the report which found Air France 447. When relevant and applicable, we will discuss non-Bayesian techniques in order to better understand Bayesian techniques. 

This course will feature the use of MATLAB to help process data and implement algorithms. A limited overview of the MATLAB language will provided in the lectures, but the primary focus of the course will be the theoretical aspects of Bayesian Analysis. 


Coming this Fall 2018:

MA 490-01   Category Theory

Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.


(Note: Skip this paragraph if you're not a math geek; skip to the last paragraph if you're in a hurry) Is there a set (denote it I) such that, for any other set (say, S), there exists a unique (total) function f : I → S? (Yes! One!) Is there a set (denote it T) such that, for any other set S, there exists a unique function f : S →! T? (Infinitely many!) What if, instead of sets and functions, the previous questions were about groups and homomorphisms? Would the answers to the first two questions change? (Spoiler: Yep, there's one group (and only one (up to isomorphism)) that satisfies these properties, and it satisfies both!)

Category Theory is the study of math from a bird's-eye view; that is, instead of focusing on the details of specific structures (sets/functions, sets with algebraic structures/homomorphisms, sets with a notion of nearness/continuous functions, any given group, etc.), in Category Theory one is interested in these concepts more generally, focusing on the common algebraic structure and patterns that arise in these structures, the mappings between these structures, the mappings between those mappings, and so on.

However, despite Category Theory having its origins in pure math (and being about as abstract as one can get), today many researchers outside of pure math are interested in the subject, as it has found applications in computer science, biology, physics, systems science, and more.  In this course, we will focus on the math side of things (full disclosure: students will write proofs and construct examples/counterexamples) and take some excursions into the computer science applications (functional programming, automata, and maybe databases if time allows). More specifically, in this course we will cover universal properties, categories, categorical constructs, abstract structures, duality, functors, natural transformations, adjoints, and monads, with the applications sprinkled in and additional topics as time allows. If that doesn't look like a fun set of topics, then I don't know what does.

TL;DR Version: Have you ever thought, "I wish math was more abstract"?  Then this is the class for you! If you've never thought that, but are fine with abstract things, then this might be the class for you, but you'll never know unless you take it. If, instead, you've thought, "This math instructor keeps doing proofs and teaching theory! What a jerk!" then... I'm surprised you're still reading this, but I applaud your dedication to reading, and will stop typing words now so that you can get back to whatever it was you were doing.

Prerequisites: MA 244 and one of MA 330 or MA 442

If you have any questions, please send them to


 Professor and Chair of Mathematical Sciences Vacancy

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeks an energetic leader to serve as Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.   The successful candidate must be qualified for tenure at the rank of Professor and must hold a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences or a related field.  He/she is expected to have a strong record of leadership, excellence in research, teaching, and a proven track record of external funding.  Applicants must also show a clear ability to move the department forward with innovative leadership, engage in leading the faculty in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, recruit students and seek funding for the Ph.D. program. The new Chair will also encourage collaboration and support a broad range of research, educational, and interdisciplinary efforts in the Department and across the university. The Department currently offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematical Sciences and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics.

The UAH campus is located in Huntsville, Alabama, which is nestled in the Tennessee Valley and is a vibrant southern metropolis that is home to a robust economy. Among the region’s largest employers are the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and the nation’s second largest research park, Cummings Research Park (CRP). More than 285 high-tech and research companies and 25,000 employees are located in CRP, with UAH as the park’s anchor tenant. Downtown, small businesses and startups thrive thanks to ample support offered by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and the UAH Small Business Development Center. As a result, Huntsville has been listed among the nation’s top ten strongest economies and was recently named as one of the best cities to start a career, while Alabama has been noted as one of the top states for doing business. The metropolitan area’s 350,000+ residents are also considered some of the country’s most educated with one of the highest per-capita incomes.

Applicants are requested to submit by email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a description of research, teaching, and administrative experience, a statement of goals and vision, and the names and contact information of at least three references to Dean Christopher  Information about the department can be found at or by contacting Dr. Christopher.  Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/ minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.

Please refer to log number: 17/18-526


Hiring Part-Time Lecturers for Mathematics

Application Deadline: Hired on a course-by-course basis

The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for part-time, non-tenure-track instructors of introductory courses in Mathematical Sciences.   

Requirements: Applicants must possess a graduate degree in mathematics, business, engineering or a closely related field; completed a minimum of 18 graduate-level credit hours in mathematics, analytics, statistics, or other quantitative field; previous teaching experience desirable but not required. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate introductory courses in Mathematics.  Must be available to teach during the day (classes may be offered between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).  Reappointment is dependent on need and a satisfactory review.  Review of completed applications is ongoing. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Application Procedure: Applications for this position should include: (1) letter of interest, (2) current résumé, (3) official transcripts, and (4) three letters of reference, including contact name, address, phone number, and email address. Applications and inquiries should be directed to:


Attn:  Ms. Tami Lang
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive, SST 258A
Huntsville, AL 35899


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/minorities/females/veterans/disabled.   


Math Fun  

Q: Why do mathematicians like parks?

A: Because of all the natural logs.

Q: What do you call a number that can't keep still?

A: A roamin' numeral.


UAH Math Club News

Did you know that you do not have to be a mathematics major or minor to join the Math Club?  Anyone can join!!  The Math Club seeks to spread knowledge of and interest in mathematics through projects and community outreach.  Their goal is to gain understanding of different mathematical applications through guest lectures and mathematical conferences.  With this knowledge, the Club wishes to spark interest in mathematics and STEM careers in local schools by visiting and describing different uses of math in STEM and by hosting a high school mathematics tournament.

The Math Club raised enough money last year to support a child this year for the Secret Meals For Hungry Children Program sponsored by the Alabama Credit Union. The Math Club is looking forward to an exciting 2017-2018 academic year and again will be diligent with their fund raising efforts for group this year.    The Secret Meals feeds well over 1,100 disadvantaged schoolchildren. 100% of each donation goes entirely to the purchase of Secret Meals food packs, so every dollar of support makes a difference.  A donation of $140 will feed one child weekly for an entire school year.

For more information, please contact the Math Department at (256) 824-6470.


Contact Us

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Shelby Center for Science and Technology, Room 258A
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899