physics labs

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is one of America’s premier doctoral-granting, research-intensive universities, situated in the heart of beautiful North Alabama.

Located adjacent to the Redstone Arsenal, an economic engine of over $100 billion per year, UAH faculty, staff, and students are able to conduct research side by side with world-class experts from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army, the Missile Defense Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and other important Department of Defense partners. UAH regularly ranks among the Top 20 Universities in research funded by NASA and by the Department of Defense, but UAH also performs cutting-edge research for the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health. As the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second-largest corporate research and technology park in the United States, UAH collaborates with over 285 high-technology companies serving the U.S. Aerospace and Defense sectors, as well as scientists and entrepreneurs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

UAH has achieved status in the High Research Activity category by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, placing UAH among a select group of public universities in America. UAH augments scholarly research in its colleges with its interdisciplinary research centers, ranging from Modeling & Simulation, to Information Assurance, to Aerospace and Systems Engineering. Our robust capabilities in Astrophysics, Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Optical Systems and Engineering, Reliability and Failure Analysis, Rotorcraft and Unmanned Systems, Severe Weather, Space Propulsion, and many others are nationally and internationally known. UAH’s colleges and research centers partner in many areas, working together to educate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders, discover new knowledge, and innovate solutions to address many of society’s toughest challenges.

These strengths in research translate to research assistantship and internship opportunities for students. More importantly, our faculty bring cutting-edge research to the classroom, providing students with a unique and competitive advantage. Our students regularly write peer-reviewed publications with faculty members and travel to national and international conferences to present their work. Research is interdisciplinary and discipline-specific in nature. Students within the College of Science conduct research in biology and chemistry labs; work in computer labs and research centers; engage in field research locally, nationally, and internationally; design and work with advanced instruments; and conduct individual and group projects that prepare them for the future.

Some of Our Departmental Research Areas 

Atmospheric and Earth Science

Severe Weather • Modeling/Data Assimilation • Satellite Remote Sensing and Climate • GIS and Remote Sensing

Biological Sciences

Genetics and Genomics • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry • Ecology • Microbiology • Biotechnology • Marine Biology


Biochemistry • Chemical Physics • Biophysics and Structural Biology • Polymers • Surface Chemistry • Natural Products

Computer Science

Cybersecurity • Modeling and Simulation • High-Performance Computing and Networking • Visualization and Graphics • Data Mining

Mathematical Sciences

Mathematical Modeling • Dynamical Systems • Differential Equations • Graph Theory • Stochastic Processes • Numerical Analysis

Physics and Astronomy

Astrophysics • Theoretical Physics • Optics • Engineering Physics • Biophysics • Applied Physics

Space Science

Space Physics • Solar Physics • Computational Physics • Plasma Physics • Gamma-Ray Physics • Physics of the Interstellar Medium