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With a degree from University of Houston-Clear Lake's Physical & Applied Sciences Department, students will have the ability to pursue careers required by all industries, including those in corporate, government, education, and research. Areas of study include physics, chemistry, industrial hygiene, and safety.

The Chemistry program offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and a Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry. The curriculums were designed to meet the needs of students preparing for opportunities in interdisciplinary areas as well as advanced studies to meet the needs of future professional or graduate training. Students enrolled in one of the chemistry degree plans may choose from high quality content courses in all of the traditional areas as well as in specialization areas such as biochemistry, chemical and biological technology, forensic chemistry, petrochemical & process chemistry, and medicinal chemistry for pre-health profession students. Students are encouraged to further enhance their studies by undertaking research with one of the chemistry plan's faculty in any of these areas.

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree is recommended for students preparing for careers in interdisciplinary areas such as medicine, secondary school teaching, patent law and environmental science.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree is designed to meet the needs of students planning careers as professional chemists and is recommended as preparation for graduate training or for a career in the chemical industry.

Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Science in Chemistry degree plan may choose from high quality content courses in all of the traditional areas of organic, analytical, physical and inorganic chemistry, as well as in the closely related fields of biochemistry and environmental chemistry.

The Chemistry Program has completed evaluation and assessment and re-accreditation by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2009 and is on the ACS's list of approved chemistry programs nationwide. Therefore students may now obtain ACS-certified BS degrees in chemistry if they complete the appropriate curriculum.

Programs in Safety or Industrial Hygiene prepare students in the recognition, evaluation, and control of workplace hazards. The curriculum provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on health and safety applications. The programs at the bachelor and masters level are designated by the Institute for Safety & Health Management (ISHM) and therefore graduates of these programs can now apply and become Associate Safety & Health Managers (ASHM). Our graduates can take the CSHM exam two years after graduation, which leads to a savings of three years.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Industrial Hygiene provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on health and safety applications.  This program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.  As a result, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) officially recognizes the B.S. Degree in Environment Science – Industrial Hygiene, and the B.S. Degree in Environment Science – Industrial Hygiene as meeting the standards for participation in the Graduate Safety Practitioner Qualified Academic Program.  Also, the Institute for Safety and Health Management Officially Recognizes the B.S. Degree in Industrial Hygiene as meeting the requirements for ASHM Designation.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Industrial Hygiene further enhances the undergraduate curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector.  Also, the Institute for Safety and Health Management officially recognizes the M.S. Degree in Industrial Hygiene as meeting the requirements for ASHM Designation.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Safety provides students with the skills and knowledge to recognize and control workplace safety hazards. This includes training using tested techniques while going beyond complying with applicable State, National, and Federal standards. The curriculum provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on safety applications.  This program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.  As a result, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) officially recognizes the B.S. Degree in Environment Science – Safety as meeting the standards for participation in the Graduate Safety Practitioner Qualified Academic Program.  Also, the Institute for Safety and Health Management Officially Recognizes the B.S. Degree in Safety as meeting the requirements for ASHM Designation.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science with specialization in Safety further enhances the undergraduate curriculum through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in government and the private sector.  Also, the Institute for Safety and Health Management officially recognizes the M.S. Degree in Safety as meeting the requirements for ASHM Designation.

The Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health Online degree option is designed for students with undergraduate training in the areas of engineering, chemical, biological, physical, medical, animal, or technological sciences, who have an interest in occupational and environmental health or safety. This program caters to professionals in the field who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and career, but cannot commit to coming to class. Graduates of the program have successfully pursued careers and obtained professional certifications in the fields of occupational health and safety, such as CSP, CIH, and CSHM.

The Physics program offers degree options designed to prepare students for opportunities in geophysics, biophysics, space physics, computational physics, mathematical physics, materials science, physics education, pre-medical, or pre-law. Students gain a deeper understanding of the essential science used in many of the engineering disciplines and in the space industry.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Physics degree provides students the ability to explore topics such as engineering design and project management, digital and linear circuits, mechanics of materials, and fluids and heat transfer.

The Master of Science (MS) in Physics degree willprepare students for PhD level work and advanced research in Physics and Astronomy. This program also serves to expand the knowledge base of practicing engineers. Alternatively, a MS sub-plan in Technical Management is offered to help prepare students for careers in managing technical projects and resources.

The Collaborative UHCL/UH 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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Last updated: 11/10/2016 UTC
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