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Alexei Rybkin, a  professor of mathematics, runs a summer program where undergraduates travel to Anchorage and use mathematics to study bore tides and their behavior on different terrain.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Mathematics and statistics are not only useful on their own, but they are also the language of science and engineering. They are the foundation upon which our understanding of the world is built.

The Mathematics and Statistics Department has 15 research faculty (20 including instructors). Research interests range from Einstein’s theory of relativity to using partial differential equations to help model glaciers and their boundaries.

Students in our program can focus on mathematics, statistics, or learning math so that they can teach at a middle or high school level. Some undergraduate students from other programs such as engineering and biology minor or double major in mathematics while graduate students from other disciplines can get a 12-credit graduate certificate in statistics.

Why study mathematics with us?

  • You’ll get to know your professors and fellow students in small classes.
    Undergraduate students focusing on statistics often have an easy time obtaining employment in Alaska.
  • Students who love nature can apply biostatistics, or biometry, to a wide range of topics in biology. Some may even want to become biometricians for federal agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Undergraduates who are advanced in their studies can explore graduate courses
  • There are opportunities for funding your own research project at the undergraduate level.
  • A double major or even a minor in mathematics and statistics can make students in other disciplines like biology or geosciences more marketable.

Our classes allow you to explore

  • Combinatorics
  • Complex Analysis
  • Discrete geometry
  • Discrete mathematics
  • Differential equations
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Mathematical Proofs
  • Number theory
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Probability
  • Scientific sampling
  • Real analysis
  • Statistics
  • Topology
  • And more…

 Professors have wide-ranging expertise in areas including:

Algebraic statistics
Computational algebra
Control theory
Geometric analysis
Graph theory

Inverse problems
Mathematical biology
Mathematical physics
Mathematics education
Numerical analysis
Partial differential equations

Sampling design
Spatial statistics
Density estimation
Quality control
Design of experiments

Some of the questions researchers are asking 

  • What do certain slices of spacetime, including ones involving wormholes, look like in General Relativity
  • How can partial differential equations be used in determining glacier velocities and stresses
  • How can mathematics be used in constructing evolutionary trees

Institutes, programs and labs that foster our student and faculty research

CNSM Division of Research
Geophysical Institute

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