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  Dec 14, 2017
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of Mathematics

Colleges  > College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics  > Department of Mathematics


Who’s Who in the Department of Mathematics

Chair: Matthew Nicol

J. F. Giles Auchmuty, Robert Azencott, David P. Blecher, Dennison Brown (Emeritus), Suncica Canic, Henry P. Decell, Jr. (Emeritus), Garret J. Etgen, Siemion Fajtlowicz, Michael J. Field (Emeritus), William E. Fitzgibbon, III, Wenjiang Fu, Roland Glowinski, Jiwen He, Shanyu Ji, Gordon Johnson, Johnny A. Johnson (Emeritus), Kresimir Josic, Klaus Kaiser, Edward Kao, Yuri Kuznetsov, Andrew Lelek (Emeritus), Demetrio Labate, Jeffrey Morgan, Matthew Nicol, Matthew Joseph O’Malley, Maxim A. Olshanskii, Tsorng-Whay Pan, Emmanouil Papdakis, Vern Paulsen, Min Ru, James Stepp (Emeritus), Ilya Timofeyev, Andrei S. Török, Clifton T. Whyburn (Emeritus), James Younglove (Emeritus)

Associate Professors:
Bernhard Bodmann, Yuliya Gorb, John T. Hardy (Emeritus), Gordon Heier, William Ott, Mikhail Perepelitsa, Charles Peters, Jingmei Qiu, Richard Sanders, Mark Tomforde, Charles T. Tucker, David H. Wagner, Philip William Walker

Assistant Professors:
Vaughn Climenhaga, Mehrdad Kalantar, Zachary Kilpatrick, Alexander V Mamonov, Daniel Onofrei, Annalisa Quaini


Mathematics is the science dealing with data, measurement, and scientific observations; with inference, deduction and proof; and with the development of analytical models of biological, chemical, physical, and social systems.

Mathematics majors find employment in many different areas: biomedical research, financial institutions, actuarial firms, government agencies, and various groups related to the military. In industry, mathematicians are often important members of multidisciplinary teams working on complex projects and are part of operations and logistics groups.

Department research and teaching interests include applied mathematics, differential geometry, operator algebras and operator theory, nonlinear partial differential equations, partial differential equations, ordinary differential equations, dynamical systems, machine intelligence, scientific computation, bifurcation theory, symmetry, numerical analysis, complex analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and more.

The Department of Mathematics offers the Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Under the B.S. degree, the Department offers an Option in Mathematical Finance.

Jointly with other departments in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Biology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with an option in Environmental modeling.

Students in the B.A. and B.S. programs may obtain secondary certification to teach mathematics by applying to the TeachHouston program and completing its requirements in mathematics and science education.

Departmental Requirements

The department offers two degree programs in mathematics, the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree. The department offers an option in Mathematical Finance under the Bachelor of Science degree. The requirements for a major in mathematics are described below.


In addition to the state requirements for the B.A. and B.S. degree, teachHOUSTON students are required to take 20 hours of specified courses in Education. TeachHouston is designed to provide immediate classroom experience and takes a minimum of 5 semesters to complete; thus, students should apply to teachHOUSTON no later than their sophomore year.

Mathematics majors are expected to exhibit progress toward a degree. Students with less than a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in mathematics courses taken at the University of Houston will be advised to discontinue as mathematics majors.

An official degree plan should be completed during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Biology

The Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Biology is an interdisciplinary degree program jointly administered by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston. In addition to general university and college requirements, the degree calls for 26 hours of biology/biochemistry, 27 hours of mathematics, 21 hours of chemistry and physics, and 6 hours of interdisciplinary biology/mathematics courses. Detailed requirements of the program are given in the Mathematical Biology Major  section of this catalog.