Frequently Asked Questions

Current Students

  Do undergraduate students participate in research?
 

Yes. Undergraduate students should contact faculty advisor for the participation of research project. Students typically must register by filling an electronic form "Registration Form and Record of Independent Study" which is available from faculty advisors. The type of projects vary, depending on the interests of each faculty advisor and student advisee, and include literature reviews, data analysis, lab work, field work, and any combination of these.

  How can I access my degree audit?
 

Students can view their official degree audit by clicking on "Degree Progress Report" through E-Services. For assistance, please contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) at 281-283-2SAC.

  How do I get permission to take more hours during the semester?
 

For the fall and spring semesters, the university limits course loads to a maximum of 15 hours for graduate students and 19 hours for undergraduates. For summer, the limits are 9 hours for graduate students and 13 hours for undergraduate students.

To request a registration overload, the student must make a written request to the Associate Dean, College of Science and Engineering. Submitting the request does not guarantee an overload will be granted. Each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact the College of Science and Engineering Advising office at (281) 283-3711 for more information..

  How do I apply for College of Science and Engineering scholarships? 
 

UHCL scholarship applications are available in February. Scholarship funds are awarded the following school year. For available scholarships and application guidelines, please visit www.uhcl.edu/scholarships. If additional funds are available, College of Science and Engineering will offer additional scholarship applications in the fall. Those applications, historically done in September, are only available from the College of Science and Engineering Office of Advising. Contact your advisor at the beginning of each fall semester for more information. 

  What do I do if a class is full?
 

 If it is a College of Science and Engineering course, complete a "Registration Override Request" form with the College of Science and Engineering Advising Office: email cseadvising@uhcl.edu or call us at 281-283-3711. Submitting the form does not guarantee that you will be placed in a course; each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For courses in other schools, please contact their respective advising offices. 

Future Graduate Students

  Who should I contact for application related questions?
 

For general application procedure and requirements, College of Science and Engineering academic advisors (cseadvising@uhcl.edu) should be the first point of contact. However for other career-related or program specific information, you are encouraged to contact Program Chair Dr. Carl Zhang (Tel: 281-283-3746, e-mail: zhang@uhcl.edu) or individual faculty advisor for details.

  Can I contact faculty or staff to project my acceptance?
 

No one, neither faculty nor staff, is empowered to project for you whether or not you might be accepted to the degree program of your choice before your file is reviewed by the faculty committee.

  How early should I submit my application materials?
 

Deadlines Applications for the given semester will be not accepted after the dates given below. Earlier completion of application, well before this deadline, is strongly recommended.
 

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall 2017

    New Degree Seeking - August 1
    Priority* - August 14
    Final* and Session Start - August 28

  • Spring 2018

    New Degree Seeking - December 1
    Priority* - September 1
    Final* and Session Start - January 16

*Former/Non-degree seeking/Certificate Graduate Students applicants who apply after the priority deadline can expect to go through late registration. $50 late registration fee will be assessed.

  What type of GRE is required and what is minimum score for GPA and GRE? 
   
  • Environmental Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher on the applicant's last 60 hours of college credit is preferred, but a somewhat lower GPA may be accepted by some faculty committees, if the other criteria are favorable.
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (150 Quantitative)
    • A personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a specialization under the Environmental Science degree plan. Two letters of recommendation are suggested, but not required. Students should submit a written statement to the CSE Academic Advising Office (cseadvising@uhcl.edu).
    • Additional Requirements – At least 34 undergraduate credit hours of natural science courses and 6 undergraduate credit hours of math courses prior to admission
  Can I request a waiver for GRE?
 

 The GRE is required for all applicants seeking admission into the M.S. degree program in Environmental Science. Waiver of the GRE test requirement may be granted to applicants with an earned doctoral degree (PhD, JD, MD, etc.) from an accredited university in the U.S. or an earned Master's degree in a closely related field from an accredited university in the U.S. If you meet the exemption criteria, please contact cseadvising@uhcl.edu for information on how to request a waiver. 

  What application materials should I prepare for graduate application?
 

For M.S. degree applicants, you should have official GRE, TOEFL (for international students), and all official transcripts submitted. The UHCL reporting code is 6916. There is no department code. Please allow at least three weeks for your score to be recorded in the UHCL system. We also require a personal statement outlining academic background, academic and career goals, and declaration of a sub-plan under the Environmental Science degree plan. We strongly recommend that you submit two recommendation letters.

The letters should be addressed to:
Dean's Office, College of Science and Engineering
University of Houston-Clear Lake,
2700 Bay Area Blvd,
Houston, TX 77058

  What if I lack some of the above courses?
 

The following must be completed prior to admission into the graduate plan: General Chemistry I and II with lab, General Physics I and II with labs, Calculus I. The following must be completed prior to or within the first year of study: Organic Chemistry I and Statistics. Students with a deficiency may be admitted on case-by-case evaluation. The deficiency course(s) may be taken within the first year of study. These basic requirement courses do not count toward the degree. 

  Prior to my official admission, can I take courses at UHCL and later transfer those credits into the graduate degree program?
 

You may take as many as courses here as a non-degree seeking student as you would like. However, you can transfer a maximum of 6 credit hours of the courses you took before admission, and in order for those credit hours to be used in an M.S. degree plan, you must get approval from a faculty advisor in your sub-plan. Courses at the 3xxx level cannot be used for graduate credit. 

  How do I register for courses at UHCL?
 

Upon acceptance to UHCL, you will be sent a log-in ID and password to access the UHCL registration system, E-Services. Students can register themselves for courses via the Internet. For assistance with E-Services, contact the Student Assistance Center (SAC) at 281-283-2SAC.

  When and where do I receive my degree plan/candidate plan of study (CPS)?
 

Students generally complete their degree plan during the first semester of coursework. Your academic advisor will draft your degree plan and notify you and your faculty advisor when it is ready. You should then schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor to finalize the course work in your CPS. 

  What courses can I take my first semester?
 

Call or make an appointment with your faculty advisor for best guidance.