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Physics Program
Physics Bachelors of Science
A Bachelor of Science in physics from the University of Houston-Clear Lake represents a smart move. It offers a solid foundation in physics that can be  applied to a wide spectrum of career paths, professional and academic. Successful futures in aerospace, energy and teaching that require strong technical and practical skills, or the pursuit of graduate study can all start right here at UHCL.

The plan in Physics leads to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the undergraduate level. Our location and the connections our faculty have with NASA and allied aerospace industry allow UHCL to offer students unique research opportunities. In addition to our Physics BS, 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 physics bachelors 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 Master of Science

Physics Master of Science The graduate plan in Physics leads to the Master of Science (MS). This program prepares students for doctoral work and advanced research in Physics, Astronomy, Space Science, and related fields. This program also expands the knowledge base of practicing engineers. Students in this program gain better problem-solving abilities and increase their knowledge of Astronomy, Orbital Mechanics, Relativity, or Plasma Physics. The physics program gives students a deeper understanding of the essential science used in many engineering disciplines including the space industry. Any student potentially interested in completing a PhD in Physics should apply to both UHCL and UH before beginning graduate level coursework.

The goal of this program is to prepare students for PhD 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. All students potentially interested in completing a PhD in Physics should apply to both UHCL and UH before beginning graduate level coursework.

Collaborative Physics PhD
Collaborative Physics PhD The Collaborative Physics PhD program establishes a collaboration between the Physics Departments at UH and UHCL for the mutual benefit of both universities, their students, and the Clear Lake Community. This joint effort unites the Master's program at UHCL with the PhD program at UH. UH will award the PhD; UHCL supports the effort with its courses and research opportunities. Select faculty at UH and UHCL hold joint appointments. This allows them to ensure their students a smooth transition into the PhD program. All UHCL Physics students are encouraged to apply to the UH Physics program before beginning graduate level coursework in order to take advantage of this program.


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