The Department of Physics at the University of Houston is a department of the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics performing research traditional fields such as High Energy Physics and Condensed Matter Physics, Material Science, and Biological Physics, but also topics like Seismic and Medical Imaging. With its physics program, the UH physics department placed 60 (out of 160) in the 2010 United States National Research Council rankings. The Department works together closely with the Texas Center for Superconductivity.
The department offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in physics, possibly with a geophysics specialization, and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in physics. In near future there will also be a B.S. in computational physics.
Prof. Oomman Varghese and Maggie Paulose are listed on Thomson Reuters 2014 list of highly cited researchers in materials science, and also included on the list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds as the UH's president Renu Khator pointed out in her Fall Address 2014.
Prof. Kevin E Bassler was awarded the John and Rebecca Moores Professorship in 2014. Being hired in 1998 he became tenure-track assistant professor in 2000. His PhD thesis (1985-1990) was on statistical mechanics of commensurate-incommensurate phase transitions under the supervision of Robert Griffiths.
Prof. Simon Charles Moss joined the physics department in 1972 performin research on the full gamut of materials from hetero- structures and multilayers to quasi-crystals and decagonal crystals using x-ray and neutron scattering as probes of order in matter. He died of a heart attack on 14 March 2011.