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Program Overview/Mission

Physics B.S.

The plan in Physics leads to the bachelor of science degree at the undergraduate level. Our location and the connections our faculty have with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and allied aerospace industry allow UHCL to offer students unique research opportunities. In addition to our Physics B.S., we also offer a sub-plan in Engineering Physics, specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. The Houston-Galveston area is a thriving center for many science-intensive industries, from aerospace to petrochemical; thus, the demand for professionals with knowledge of physics is high. Local industries in Houston provide a huge potential to employ individuals with a B.S. in Physics, in addition to the increasing demand for physics teachers in high schools.

This demand is also expected to grow dramatically over the next decade. An undergraduate degree in Physics would enable the students to progress into graduate programs in Physics, Astronomy or Engineering. Students may select electives in areas of particular interest. Physics is a very broad discipline, which can lead to a variety of career options. UHCL Physics program provides several areas where students can develop a degree plan to support their specific career goals. Some of these focus areas include: Geophysics, Biophysics, Space Physics, Computational Physics, Mathematical Physics, Materials Science, Physics Education, Premedical and Prelaw. Courses needed to support these focus areas are chosen in consultation with a physics advisor and faculty member from a different program

Physics M.S.

The graduate plan in Physics leads to the master of science degree at UHCL. The goal of this program is to prepare students for Ph.D. level work and advanced research in Physics and Astronomy. This program also serves to expand the knowledge base of practicing engineers. Students in this program gain better problem-solving abilities as well as increased knowledge of several aspects of Physics and Astronomy. The physics program provides students with a deeper understanding of the essential science used in many of the engineering disciplines and in the space industry.

Applicants for candidacy should have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering disciplines. Applicants with other degrees may also apply if they meet the requirements listed below. Equivalent courses or appropriate substitutions will be determined in consultation with a faculty adviser. If background deficiencies exist, students may be required to take courses that will not apply toward the graduate degree.

Physics Ph.D. Collaborative UHCL/UH Program

This program is a collaboration between the master's program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the Doctoral program at the University of Houston. UH will award the PhD and UHCL will support the effort through courses and research opportunities offered at its campus. Select faculty at UHCL hold joint appointments and can advise PhD Dissertation work. The result is a unique program that allows students to complete a PhD in Physics in the Clear Lake Area. All students are strongly encouraged to apply to both the UH and UHCL physics programs before beginning graduate level course-work. This gives students the most options for completing a graduate degree in physics. Additional information about the Physics Ph.D. Collaborative UHCL/UH Program.


Program Degrees



Admission Requirements

  • Physics M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • GRE Essay of 3.5
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Physical Sciences discipline, Mathematics and/or Engineering; Other degrees may apply if the coursework meets the preparation requirements in the catalog

Additional Admission Information

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Program Faculty

David Garrison
David Garrison

David Garrison

Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Science and Engineering, Associate Professor and Former Chair of Physics ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3796
Office: B3531-2

Faculty Bio

Ju H. Kim
Ju Kim

Ju H. Kim

Interim Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3717
Office: B3611

Faculty Bio

Samina S. Masood
Samina Masood

Samina S. Masood

Associate Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3781
Office: B3525-8

Faculty Bio

Van E. Mayes
Van Mayes

Van Eric Mayes

Assistant Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3764
Office: B3321

Faculty Bio

Paul A. Withey
Paul Withey

Paul Withey

Program Chair of Physics, Associate Professor of Physics,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3799
Office: B3531

Faculty Bio

Student Resources

Physics Lecture Series
Our distinguished Physics Lecture Series takes once per year during the spring semester. World Renowned Scientists speak on a variety of Physics and Space Science topics. These talks, aimed at a general audience, are appropriate for anyone from high-school students to practicing scientists. These talks are free and open to the public. Our spring seminar series exposes a general audience to ongoing research in Physics and Space Science. This seminar takes place every week during the spring semester, in conjunction with the Research Project and Seminar class (PHYS 6838) and the Modern Physics Research Seminar class (PHYS 4732). These talks are open to the public. Continuing education credits are available.
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