UAH Undergraduate Degrees
The reasons for getting your math degree from UAH are numerous. They include the quality of our nationally respected faculty; the department’s size, which permits considerable individual help; the faculty’s attitude, which puts teaching ahead of research in importance; flexible course options and a variety of specialties adaptable to career plans.
In addition to its academic standing in the scientific and technical communities, UAH also offers unique opportunities for undergraduate participation in research.
The UAH Mathematical Sciences Department offers both a B.A. and a B.S. degree in mathematics. Several options and areas of concentration are available. Whichever option is selected, its courses will prepare our graduates to enter the job market or to continue their studies at the graduate level at UAH or another of the nation’s best colleges or universities.
Because we are student-oriented, scheduling is flexible. Courses are offered days and evenings, giving students the opportunity to attend school while working.
What Do Mathematicians Do?
Mathematicians are employed in a wide range of careers in education, industry, and government.
A large number of mathematicians have teaching and research jobs in a variety of educational institutions.
In industry and government, mathematicians typically work with other scientists as part of a team, solving a variety of problems, such as translating mathematical problems into computational procedures, developing reasonable mathematical models to be used for predictions in economic and business situations, or designing mathematical models to predict the behavior of phenomena in a physical or a life science.
Mathematicians must be able to communicate effectively, so they can interpret problems and present technical results to people with limited mathematics training.
Career Opportunities In Math
Mathematicians continue to be in high demand in most areas of employment. In coming years that demand is expected to increase. There is a distinct need in government and industry for statisticians and applied mathematicians. Industry also has realized that the analytical training and logical mind of the mathematician are very beneficial in all areas of business life.
Aside form traditional opportunities in math, major scientific advances in the past few decades have opened to mathematicians many new areas in business and industry, including actuarial science, biomedical mathematics, computer science, cryptography, econometrics, and mathematical linguistics. Nationally, the job outlook is good. Huntsville has many technical industries, so local opportunities for mathematics majors are even broader and more varied than usual.
Special Programs For Math Students
Calculus Workshop. UAH’s calculus workshop provides academic assistance to students at any level of calculus. No fee is charged and no grade is given. The workshop encourages students to work in groups on problems presented by graduate teaching assistants. Workshop participants get away from standard homework problems and see how math is used in the real world. This promotes teamwork, a sense of belonging to a community of math peers, and developing friendships which extend beyond the workshop.
Mathematical Sciences Computer Lab. The Mathematics Computer Lab is located in Shelby Center Room 006 on the lower level. This lab has 24 Windows-based PCs that are connected to the campus network and provide Internet access. The lab has a network printer. It is a closed lab for use by students enrolled in mathematics courses at UAH.
Mathematics Tutoring Lab. The UAH Math Tutoring Center is here to provide academic tutoring for students enrolled in mathematics courses. The Math Tutoring Center is located in Shelby Center Room 008 (on the lower level) and provides help for the courses listed below. Our tutors are graduate assistants who are currently enrolled in either the M.S. or Ph.D. program in mathematics at UAH.
Math Club. The UAH Math Club is very active. It is run by students, for students. Any student interested in math is welcome. Once a moth, the club sponsors a 35-45 minute social luncheon, during which a talk is given on math or a related topic. The can help students choose math career specializations. Volunteers also proctor contests and provide other help for math students in local public schools.
Competitions. UAH also fields teams in national math competitions. A UAH team placed in the top 30 percent in the prestigious 1993 Putnam Competition, ranking UAH alongside Harvard, MIT and the University of California, Berkeley.
Mathematical Sciences Faculty
There are approximately 20 full-time faculty members in the department, all dedicated to excellence in teaching and research. Their research interests include areas such as numerical analysis, statistics, probability, mathematical modeling, combinatorics, differential equations, graph theory, matrix theory, functional analysis, mathematical biology, and fluid dynamics. The results of faculty research frequently appear in well-known journals, and several faculty members are reviewers and editors of books and journals.
Students find that the department is small enough to provide a friendly and informal atmosphere, with a great deal of personal contact between faculty members and students. This personal approach allows a large degree of flexibility in the program.