Founded in 1975, the Computer Science program is one of the original programs of the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). The program is part of the Department of Computing and Mathematics, which is in turn part of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE). College of Science and Engineering is one of four schools at UHCL.
The program offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. The BS has earned
certification from the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) since
2002. The program currently has more than 100 undergraduate students and above 200
Computer Science programs prepare their students to be life-long learners; they quickly become productive in their professional work. The curriculum and coursework balance core computer science theory with practical, leading-edge computer technology. The programs require strong traditional computer-science courses found in other leading universities (as required by the ABET accreditation).
The faculty members incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technology from industry into their classes. They integrated Java, J2EE, ASP, C#, .NET, XML, and CGI-Perl into the curriculum and courses as soon as those tools became available. A large collection of practical courses cover a wide range of computing fields, such as Web development, E-Commerce, network programming, .NET development, advanced Java development, design patterns, and systems administration.
In recent years, faculty members have earned three grants from the National Science Foundation to acquire computer resources to support coursework. With matching funding from the university, and other internal and external funding, the grants bring nearly $1 million to the department to furnish its many laboratories. The department offers its students the Windows lab, the Solaris lab, the Systems Administrations lab, the computer security lab, and the capstone project labs.
The Computer Science faculty is renowned for their teaching quality. Several faculty members are active in computer science education and have published technical papers. Many of them are active in regional and local teaching conferences, where they gather new teaching and techniques and philosophies from other disciplines. Two members have won the UHCL distinguished teaching award. One Computer Science faculty member is the UHCL Piper teaching award recipient. Many other faculty members are Piper award finalists.
Faculty members actively engage in research. They work in artificial intelligence,
pattern recognition, E-Commerce, data mining, real-time systems, semi-structured data,
algorithms, operating systems, numerical methods, and other areas of study. They incorporate
their research into their coursework, and have co-authored many papers with their
The UHCL campus is next to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Clear Lake City. The city boasts the highest density of astronauts and high-technology professionals in the United States. In fact, Clear Lake City was built to serve JSC in the 1960s. As a result, there are many high-tech companies surrounding the university. They sponsor research projects, mentor student projects, hire our students, and provide highly qualified professional scientists and engineers to serve as adjunct faculty members. UHCL is a thirty-minute drive from downtown Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States.