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Department of Physical and Applied Sciences

Turn Science into Action and a Career

It's important to study scientific theories in a classroom. But to really bring science to life, you need to explore those theories in the physical world to help them become principles with concrete purpose for everyday life. We recommend you choose a degree program from the Department of Physical and Applied Sciences in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. You will explore theories and then create practical applications and technology with key techniques from physics, chemistry, industrial hygiene or safety.

Give Your Education the Attention It Deserves

Throughout your coursework in the Department of Physical and Applied Sciences, you’ll enjoy small class sizes taught by faculty who are dedicated to your success. They will help you address real-world challenges with tangible solutions that come from experiments rooted in the scientific method. You will also receive critical guidance for your career, whether you choose a job in industry, research, education or consulting – or you seek your own educational path toward graduate school.

Programs and Degrees


Degrees Offered

Learn More About the Physics Program


Dr. Paul Withey, Program Chair
Phone: 281-283-3799

Occupational Safety and Health

Degrees Offered

Learn More About the Occupational Safety and Health Program


Dr. Robert N. Phalen, Program Chair
Phone: 281-283-3753




    Department of Physical and Applied Sciences

    Dr. Magdy Akladios
    Department Chair
    Phone: 281-283-3744

    Maria Rodriguez
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 281-283-3738

    Theresa Maginnis
    Science Lab Technician
    Phone: 281-283-3739

    Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522

    SSCB 1.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.