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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

About the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

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Office of the Dean
(713) 743-2611
214 Science and Research 1 Building

Department of Biology and Biochemistry
(713) 743-2666
342 Science and Research 2 Building

Department of Chemistry
(713) 743-2701
112 Lamar J. Fleming, Jr. Building

Department of Computer Science
(713) 743-3350
501 Philip G. Hoffman Hall

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
(713) 743-3399
312 Science and Research 1 Building

Department of Mathematics
(713) 743-3500
651 Philip G. Hoffman Hall

Department of Physics
(713) 743-3550
617 Science and Research 1 Building


Dan Wells, Ph.D., Indiana University
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies:
Ian Evans, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies:
Anne Delcour, Ph.D., Cornell University
Associate Dean for Student Success:
Andrew Hamilton, Ph.D., University of California-San Diego
Associate Dean for Research:
T. Randall Lee, Ph.D., Harvard University
Program Director for Undergraduate Studies:
Tristan Sims, B.S., University of Houston
Program Director for Graduate Studies:
Melissa Lowrey, B.A., University of Houston - Clear Lake


General Information

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) research activities and graduate programs impact health, energy, industry, the environment, and space exploration, reaching far beyond our city and nation.                          

NSM offers numerous advantages for students pursuing an advanced degree:

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Six academic departments offering numerous programs, including interdisciplinary training
  • A strong national and international research agenda
  • State-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation
  • Collaborative relationships with the Texas Medical Center, NASA, other universities, national laboratories, the energy industry and international corporations

The College offers master’s degrees in ten disciplines and doctoral degrees in nine disciplines.  These degrees prepare graduates for a variety of in-demand careers, including working in industry, health care, or teaching and performing research in a college or university.


The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics leads the University in generating research grant funding.  Numerous cutting-edge research centers and facilities allow faculty and students to engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative research.  On campus, NSM research and teaching occurs in eight (8) facilities:  Science and Engineering Research Center, Science & Research Building 1, Science & Research Building 2, Lamar B. Fleming Building, Science Teaching Laboratory Building, Houston Science Center, Phillip G. Hoffman Hall, and the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building.