The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) founded the Computer Information Systems
(CIS) program in 1978. The program is part of the Department of Computing and Mathematics
(DCM) inside the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), one of four schools at
UHCL. The CIS program offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. Beginning
in 2006, the Bachelor of Science plan earned accreditation from the Accreditation
Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) under its information systems (IS) curriculum
guidelines. ABET is the nationwide accreditation body which certifies computing, information
systems, and engineering programs in colleges and universities across the United States.
In December 2006, the UHCL CIS program was the only IS program in Texas accredited
by ABET. Currently, there are only twenty programs in the U.S. accredited by ABET
under its IS curriculum.
Both the undergraduate and the graduate CIS programs prepare their students to be much more than productive and efficient workers. They become life-long learners in their professional fields. CIS graduates succeed because the CIS curricula and the individual courses balance the core knowledge (theoretical background in computing and information systems) with practical, leading-edge computer technology.
The CIS instructors cultivate state-of-the-art and emerging technologies. They have
incorporated many of them, such as Java, J2EE, ASP, C#, .NET, XML, CGI-Perl, Web services,
and Cryptography into the curriculum. They also oversee a large collection of 'practical'
courses covering a wide range of computing fields, such as Web development, E-Commerce,
network programming, .NET development, advanced Java development, design patterns,
systems administration, Web security, and Network security.
In recent years, the National Science Foundation awarded CIS faculty three grants to purchase computer resources for the CIS program. Combined with matching funding from the university and other funding sources, the grants bring close to $1 million into the department to build several of its laboratories, including the Windows lab, the Solaris lab, the Systems Administration lab, the computer security lab, and the capstone project labs.
The CIS faculty maintains a reputation for high-quality teaching. Several faculty members excel in information systems and computer science education, publishing technical papers in several respected journals. Many CIS instructors take part in national and regional teaching conferences, bringing new teaching philosophy and techniques from other disciplines into the program. Some instructors have won the UHCL teaching awards, including the distinguished teaching award and the Piper teaching award. Many other faculty members are finalists for those honors.
Faculty members also distinguish themselves in scientific research. These areas include information systems, artificial intelligence, pattern recognition, E-Commerce, data mining, computer security, trust, and semi-structured data. They incorporate their research into their coursework. They have co-authored papers with students in a number of high-technology disciplines.
University of Houston-Clear Lake is a close neighbor of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Clear Lake, which boasts the highest density of astronauts and high-technology professionals in the United States. In fact, Clear Lake came into being in the 1960s to support JSC. Over the years, many high-tech companies have sprung up around the university campus. Some of these high-tech companies sponsor research projects, mentor student projects, and hire our students. Highly qualified professional scientists and engineers from some of these companies serve as adjunct faculty members in our programs.
University of Houston-Clear Lake is about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Houston
by freeway. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States. It is renowned
as a world capital of energy, aerospace, and medical research and development.