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Serious Games and Simulations Program

Program Overview/Mission

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Serious Games and Simulations program was designed to meet an increasing demand in school classrooms and across all industry for highly-trained game designers and developers. Created by faculty, this interdisciplinary program includes coursework from all four colleges, providing experience in all aspects of game and simulation development. You’ll learn valuable skills using the latest software and applications, including Unity, Unreal, Adobe, and Maya.

With a degree in serious games and simulations from UH-Clear Lake, you’ll be equipped to enter lead positions in design, marketing, project management and others, earning between $50-80K. The Greater Houston area has a rich environment of game development companies and substantial investment in serious game and simulations in industry, health care and government agencies. In addition, UHCL maintains partnerships with highly sought-after companies like Tietronix Software, Inc., which readily employs UHCL students and graduates.

Serious Games and Simulations Lab

In addition to a bachelor’s degree, UHCL offers a lab in which students develop serious games and simulations, leading to a final capstone experience, a multi-faceted academic and intellectual project. Students involved in this lab won a prestigious award in 2018, in partnership with Tietronix Software, for developing the multi-platform, interactive 3D educational game “Code of Aegis.” The game was created to encourage middle school students to problem-solve and think critically about science, technology, engineering and math topics.

With your Bachelor of Arts in Serious Games and Simulations from UHCL, you’ll have what you need to design your own game for a successful, lucrative career.


Program Degrees

Admission Requirements

Program Faculty

Ahmed Abukmail

Ahmed Abukmail

Program Chair of Computer Science and Associate Professor of Computer Science,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3888
Email: Abukmail@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 169

Ahmed Abukmail Faculty Bio

Pradeep Buddharaju

Pradeep Buddharaju

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3881
Email: Buddharaju@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 173

Office hours:
Tue 5:30-7:30pm, Wed 4:00-6:00pm

Pradeep Buddharaju Faculty Bio

Soma Datta
Soma Datta

Soma Datta

Program Chair of Pre-engineering and Assistant Professor of Software Engineering,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3838
Email: datta@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 106

Soma Datta Faculty Bio

Michelle Giles
Michelle Giles

Michelle Giles

Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator of Instructional Design and Technology,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3516
Email: giles@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1321

Michelle Giles Faculty Bio

Nicholas Kelling

Nicholas Kelling

Associate Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3443
Email: kelling@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.08

Nicholas Kelling Faculty Bio

Stuart Larson
Stuart Larson

Stuart Larson

Department Chair of Communication and Studio Arts and Associate Professor of Graphic Design ,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3362
Email: larsons@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.10

Stuart Larson Faculty Bio

Alfredo Perez-Davila
Alfredo Perez-Davila

Alfredo Perez-Davila

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3863
Email: perezd@uhcl.edu
Office: Delta 167

Alfredo Perez-Davila Faculty Bio

Rick Short
Rick Short

Rick J. Short

Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3300
Email: Short@UHCL.edu
Office: Bayou 1529.05

Rick J. Short Faculty Bio

Steven Sutherland
Steven Sutherland

Steven Sutherland

Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3474
Email: sutherland@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233.08

Steven Sutherland Faculty Bio

Jean Walker
Jean Walker

Jean Walker

Professor of Marketing,
Business

Contact number: 281-283-3194
Email: walker@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Building, Suite 3321

Jean Walker Faculty Bio

Jana Willis
Jana Willis

Jana Willis

Department Chair of Literacy, Library Science, and Learning Technologies, Professor of Instructional Design and Technology ,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3568
Email: willis@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Suite 1321

Jana Willis Faculty Bio