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Department of Natural Sciences


The mission of the Department of Natural Sciences is to:

  • Offer high-quality instruction in the natural sciences;
  • Prepare students for careers in science-related fields and graduate studies;
  • Improve science education at the pre-college level; and
  • Engage in educational activities that foster greater appreciation and understanding of science in the greater Houston community.

Students are educated using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and have opportunities to participate in independent research in laboratories at UHD and neighboring research institutions. Areas of research specialization within the Department include environmental sciences, geosciences, polymer chemistry, molecular genetics, and biochemistry. Members of the Department faculty have active collaborations with regional Texas industries and research institutions, as well as colleges in the Departments of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Technology at UHD.

The Department views appropriate field experiences or independent research experiences as an integral part of science education at the baccalaureate level. Students will be encouraged and recruited to participate in these invaluable learning experiences; which are actually required in the Chemistry and Biotechnology degree plans but can be incorporated into all of the other degree plans. Students wishing to get the most of their education in the Natural Sciences should familiarize themselves with the Program Learning Outcomes for baccalaureate degrees in the Natural Sciences (found under the Program Assessment tab).

The Department is also engaged in international exchange of students with several institutions in Poland, which provide summer-long research opportunities for UHD students. The Department also participates in the Texas Joint Admissions Medical Program and the NIH-sponsored Minority Access to Research Careers Program.

The Department also supports key community activities such as the Houston Urban Network for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HUNSTEM).


Department of Natural Sciences
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Room 813-N
Houston, TX 77002, USA

Phone: (713) 221-8015
Fax: (713) 223-7476

Department Chair: Dr. Lisa Morano
Business Administrator: Ms. Andrea Guillory

Page maintained by Monica Villarreal

Last updated or reviewed on 8/6/14

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