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New Students

Information Technology program at a glance

Recommended classes to be taken in the first semester

You should not register for any other classes in the IT program without talking to your faculty advisor first

  • Forensics Fundamentals
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Technical Writing / Written Business Communications
  • Management Theory & Practice
  • Information Systems Theory & Practice

CyberSecurity Minor

An interdisciplinary minor in Cyber Security is available to students and will cover all the critical topics in current security domain, including but not limited to: risk management, cloud computing, mobile security, and application development security. This interdisciplinary minor will not only serve students who are interested in a career in information security field but also will be beneficial for students who are interested in pursuing careers in system administration, management information systems, network administration, forensics, database development, or software development.

Search for Classes

Searching for classes has never been easier for UHCL students. With the option to search by location, academic career, subject, catalog number, instructor and even time and day.


There are two types of advisors available to all students

  1. Academic Advisors
    Academic advisors help students with information about different programs available to students, help with developing an individual degree plan and help with advising questions among other things. These advisors are very conversant in all the degree plans that are offered in the College of Science and Engineering and can help students understand the requirements of each program.

    Academic advisors can help students who have questions about things such as transferring classes from other institutions and graduation requirements.

  2. Faculty Advisors
    Each student is assigned a faculty member who belongs to the program that the student chooses to be in. The faculty advisor is conversant in the program.

    Questions about what classes to take, what classes might be offered the next semesters and what are my job prospects are some questions that the faculty advisor can answer.

What to do in the first semester

  1. Set up a meeting with your academic advisors and draw up your Candidate Plan of Studies (CPS)
  2. Meet with the designated faculty advisor and get the CPS signed

For Seniors

Internship Process

Eligibility: Students are eligible to register for ITEC 4739 – Internship only if they meet all the following guidelines specified below:

  • Acceptance into the IT program in the College of Science and Engineering
  • Completion of an approved candidate plan of study (CPS)
  • Completion of all lower level requirements.
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester hours at UHCL with a minimum GPA of 3.00

Finding an Internship

If the above mentioned criteria, students are eligible to apply for internships. Students enrolled in the IT program will receive e-mails whenever the program learns of any opportunities. Students are also encouraged to look for internship opportunities on their own. 

Employment Duration

Usually an internship lasts a minimum of 3 months, and the student usually works 16 to 40 hours per week, as determined by the employer. A minimum of 240 hours is required for a 3-hour credit internship.

Employment Duties

The duties performed must directly relate to the student's major.


Once an internship is offered to a student, the student should contact academic advising for further instructions.


Once a student has been academically approved, has an internship job approved by the faculty sponsor, and has submitted all paperwork to the school's Office of Academic Advising, the student enrolls in the internship during registration by submitting the enrollment form (Undergraduate Internship Enrollment) form to the Student Enrollment Center.

Senior Project Course

The Senior Project course (ITEC 4838) is the capstone course for undergraduate Information Technology students and is more demanding that the average ITEC course. Students work in teams on real-world projects that demand information technology knowledge, techniques gathered from other academic subjects, and competence in software team development. External companies may sponsor projects or faculty members may serve as internal mentors for projects.

Directs students in a practical experience of solving a real-world problem and implementing its solution from requirements to testing and maintenance.

  • Trains students to develop and use proper design methodologies and existing tools
  • Helps students examine professional ethics and globalization as they relate specifically to computing-related professions
  • Strengthens students' skills in verbal and written communication, formal and informal presentations, listening, problem solving, and teamwork
  • Gives students a foundation in project management

How to Apply for Senior Project

To enroll in the course, you must be within six hours of graduation. The course is controlled, so you need to get permission from the department to participate in the project. Contact Kim Edwards (281-283-3860, Delta 161, or e-mail to fill out the form necessary to register for the class.

Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs (CLASP)

The Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs (CLASP) provides lifelong learning opportunities through free programs open to the public. Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs is an outreach initiative of the University of Houston-Clear Lake and was developed to provide education and intellectual challenge to our community. We offer a daytime speaker series in partnership with Freeman Branch Library and the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and an evening speaker series that is held at UHCL. Community friends of all ages are invited to enjoy the challenge of learning about new and varied subjects. 

How to Apply Online for Graduation

  1. Log on to your E-Services account
  2. Go to: Degree Progress/Graduation
  3. Apply for Graduation
  4. Select your current Academic Program
  5. Select your Expected Graduation Term and click Continue. (Students will not be able to select a future term)
  6. Verify your Diploma Name
  7. Answer all questions completely
  8. Please note: If you have current enrollment at another institution, you will be required to include your course information
  9. When you have completely filled out the form, click Continue.
  10. Verify submitted information. You may return to change a term or your program. Submit Application
  11. Click OK to accept $65 fee ($80 fee for Professional Accounting)
  12. Late applications will be assessed a $20 late fee
  13. You will receive a submission and may Go to Payment

Graduate students: If you have two programs for which you are graduating, repeat this process for the other program. An application fee will be assessed for each program.

Computer Labs and Servers

Computer Information Systems, Computer Sciences and Information Technology programs manages many servers for CIS, CS and IT students. Students administer these servers under the supervision of Krishani Abeysekera, Senior Lecturer and IT Program Chair.

The CSE web server hosts web resources for current students and alumni. Administrators constantly upgrade server space; CIS alumni can keep their accounts indefinitely after their graduation. The server supports a potpourri of server-side technologies, such as ASP.NET, PHP, and CGI-Perl. It also supports databases such as MySQL and MSSQL and runs the Windows operating system.

  • The DCM server is where students host their course files, projects, and assignments for classes which require the use of a web hosting service. Web accounts are provided to students by their professors and are subject to deletion at the end of the semester.
  • Capstone Virtual Machine Information: Each group is assigned a Windows 7 Enterprise x86 virtual machine (VM) which is hosted on the VMH1 server using Microsoft Hyper-V. Before you are given access to your VM you must sign and return the Capstone VM Acceptable Use Policy. Group members are given administrative rights on the virtual machine. You may install only software you require to complete your capstone project, and you must always adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy.
  • Windows Lab: The machines in the windows lab are now equipped with MSI Crystal desktop's running an Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz and 2 GB of RAM with 17" Screen. Machines also run new Windows 7 Enterprise delivering you better performance.
  • Administration Lab: The Administration Lab is located in room 119, next to the Windows Lab. The computers in the Administration lab do not have hard drives, an operating system, or internet access. They allow students to use their own external hard drives to run an operating system on. This allows students to perform administrative tasks that they cannot usually do on lab computers.
  • Capstone Lab: The Capstone Project lab is situated in Delta 150. The lab has been designed with the needs of Capstone students in mind. The lab is equipped with dual monitor computers, meeting area, and SMART Boards.
  • Unix Lab: The Unix lab is situated in Delta 158. It is set up so that at any given time, it could be partitioned to hold a class of up to 32 workstations. The lab has been upgraded with latest and faster processing machines with dual boot options, i.e Ubuntu and Solaris 10 OS. The students are free to choose between these operating systems as per their requirement. Not only that, the lab has eight Intel-based iMac computers. 

With the exception of the computer security laboratory, students requesting support should contact Krishani Abeysekera. Direct technical questions to Krishani or to her Research Assistants (RA). Direct questions for the computer security laboratory to Dr. Andrew Yang. UHCL maintains university level servers through the Office of Information Technology (OIT). These servers allow students to use OIT laboratories and access email.

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