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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 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

Neal R. Amundson (Cullen Distinguished Professor Emeritus), J. F. Giles Auchmuty, Robert Azencott, David P. Blecher, Dennison Brown (Emeritus), Richard Byrd (Emeritus), Suncica Canic, Howard Cook (Emeritus), Henry P. Decell, Jr., Garret J. Etgen, Siemion Fajtlowicz, Michael J. Field, William E. Fitzgibbon, III, Marc Garbey, Roland Glowinski, Jutta Hausen (Emeritus), Jiwen He, Ronald Hoppe, Shanyu Ji, Gordon Johnson, Johnny A. Johnson, Klaus Kaiser, Edward Kao, Yuri Kuznetsov, Andrew Lelek (Emeritus), Jeffrey Morgan, Matthew Nicol, Matthew Joseph O’Malley, Tsorng-Whay Pan, Vern Paulsen, Min Ru, James Stepp (Emeritus), Clifton T. Whyburn (Emeritus), James Younglove (Emeritus)

Associate Professors:
Edward J. Dean, John T. Hardy, Kresimir Josic, Demetrio Labate, Emmanouil Papadakis, Charles Peters, Richard Sanders, Ilya Timofeyev, Andrei S. Török, Charles T. Tucker, David H. Wagner, Philip William Walker

Assistant Professors:
Bernhard Bodmann, Alexandre Caboussat, Cleopatra Christoforou, Yuliya Gorb, Giovanna Guidoboni, Gordon Heier, William Ott, Mikhail Perepelitsa, Mark Tomforde


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.

Mathematics majors will not be allowed to receive credit for MATH 1313  or MATH 1314 .

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.