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The University of Houston-Clear Lake is an upper-level educational institution with a distinct identity, whose primary role is to provide fair and equitable learning opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students. The university serves a diverse student population from the state, the nation and abroad, particularly from the Houston-Galveston metropolitan area, by offering programs on and off campus.

UHCL offers a variety of programs in human sciences and humanities, education, business and science and computer engineering. The university emphasizes high standards for teaching and learning in its bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as in its professional plans and collaboration in doctoral plans. All offerings are designed to develop creative, quantitative, communication and critical thinking skills of students.

The university's faculty, staff and administrators are committed to providing a humane, responsive and intellectually stimulating environment for productive learning and working. UHCL emphasizes (a) learning through teaching, research, scholarship and professional and community service; (b) the advancement of knowledge; (c) delivery of educational opportunities through new instructional technologies and through distance learning; (d) a commitment to high academic standards; (e) sensitivity to the needs of the students and communities served by the institution; and (f) above all, integrity in all institutional functions.

A Metropolitan University (back to top)

Located adjacent to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Johnson Space Center, UHCL is situated in the heart of Clear Lake's high-technology community. The campus is located between downtown Houston and Galveston Island. Its neighbors to the east are Armand Bayou Nature Center and Bayport Industrial Complex. As one of the leading multidisciplinary bachelor's and master's degree-granting institutions serving the Texas upper Gulf Coast, UHCL is a vital component of the surrounding region. The university is committed to enhancing the educational, economic, cultural, scientific, business and professional environment of the region. Because a strong university is essential to the success of the area's industries, UHCL is dedicated to developing and strengthening plans supporting the region's various commercial, engineering, human services and trade sectors, especially in the computing, medical, petrochemical and space industries.

Academic theories are applied and research is conducted through UHCL's centers, institutes, clinics and laboratories. These entities include:

Looking Back (back to top)

The establishment of the university was authorized by the 62nd Texas Legislature in 1971. The measure was the result of a 1968 report by the Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System (now the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) calling for a second University of Houston campus to provide upper-level and graduate programs. In 1973, the Texas Senate authorized construction of a permanent campus at Clear Lake.

Construction began early in 1974 with the first phase of the Bayou Building, the largest of the university's five principal buildings. September 1974 marked the beginning of regularly scheduled classes on the UHCL campus under the leadership of UHCL's founding chancellor, Alfred R. Neumann. Opening day enrollment totaled 1,069 students and 60 professors comprised the charter faculty. Today, the university has approximately 7,500students and more than600 full-time and adjunct faculty.

Accreditations (back to top)

UHCL is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as listed in the General Program Requirements section of this catalog.The commission is located at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. The phone number is 404-679-4501.

The university also has individual accredited programs. The School of Business maintains accreditation on its graduate and undergraduate business and accounting programs by AACSB International,Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and on its graduate healthcare administration programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone 202-466-7496. This accreditation covers all of the institution's initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation programs, including the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. The School of Education is also accredited by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification. The School of Human Sciences and Humanities holds accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and the National Association of School Psychologists. In addition, the Humanities program is a full member of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, the Clinical Psychology program is a member of the Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology, the Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and the Psychology program's Applied Behavior Analysis sub-plan is approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification BoardInc. The School of Science and Computer Engineering's undergraduate degree plan in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)Inc. The undergraduate degree plans in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems are accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of the ABET. The program in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society,ACS. The Office of Career and Counseling Services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

UHCL Governance (back to top)

UHCL is one of four institutions with distinct identities and missions that make up the University of Houston System. The universities are governed by the UHS Board of Regents and Chancellor RenuKhator. Administrative responsibility for UHCL is vested in its president, William A. Staples. UHCL's shared governance process includes the Faculty Senate, Professional and Administrative Staff Association, Support Staff Association and Student Government Association, working with the university's administration through various committees and councils including University Council, which is chaired by the university's president. Members of the UHCL Development and Advisory Council serve as business, education, government and non-profit organization adviserson current issues impacting the advancement of the university and as volunteers in helping UHCL acquire private resources.

The Campus (back to top)

The university's buildings, which comprise more than a half-million square feet of space, are surrounded by a 524-acre natural environment. The campus features picturesque park-like settings with Horsepen Bayou winding through heavily wooded areas abundant with wildlife.

The Arbor Building houses painting, ceramics, weaving and photography studios, as well as educational centers and laboratories.

The Bayou Building houses the majority of the classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, the library, alumni relations, bookstore, cafeteria, computing services and laboratories, copy services, mail room, university police and the theater.

The Central Services Building is headquarters for building maintenance, grounds and custodial services, scheduling and space planning, vehicle maintenance, printing and graphic servicesand the animal care facility.

The Delta Building houses student computer laboratories, computing faculty offices and the Research Institute for Computing and Information Systems.

The Student Services and Classroom Building accommodates five categories of functions including academic; enrollment; health, wellness and academic support; programming and general space. The one-stop Student Assistance Center provides enrollment, registration, fee payment, financial aid and scholarship services.

University Forest Apartments is a privately owned and managed apartment complex built in 1995 on the campus of the university. This 136-unit student housing facility is a two-story complex that includes a central courtyard with clubhouse, laundry facility, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sand volleyball court, barbecue grills and picnic and lounge areas.


Alfred R. Neumann Library (back to top)

UHCL's Alfred R. Neumann Library, named after the university's founding chancellor, provides students with online access to thousands of books, journals and scholarly resources. UHCL librarians offer personal research assistance to students by telephone or face-to-face at the library reference desk and tips on navigating search interfaces, retrieving information and evaluating information for use in scholarly research.

Visitors can receive help formulating effective search queries, becoming familiar with controlled vocabulary searching and identifying the best online resources out of a collection of more than 150subscription-only databases, most with full-text articles. Classes are available in research procedures tailored to particular courses. Students may also make appointments with librarians in order to explore more in-depth instruction on library research strategies in a comfortable one-on-one environment.

UHCL students, faculty and staff may also borrow books from UH and UH-Downtown quickly and easily through the shared catalog. The Texshare card, available upon request in Neumann Library, allows a UHCL student to go to any academic or public library in Texas and check out a book, which can then be returned to Neumann Library. The library's interlibrary loan service will borrow requested materials from any library in the country through a national interlibrary loan network. Neumann Library offers 35 fixed computer workstations for student use. The library classroom is equipped with wireless laptops so that students may participate in a hands-on learning environment.

The library occupies approximately 80,000 square feet in the Bayou Building and contains study space for more than 1,000 users. The library contains more than 506,000volumes, subscribes to more than 3000 print and electronic periodicals, and has approximately 1.8 million items in microform, as well as a collection of DVDs and audiobooks. A curriculum library for education students contains K-12 textbooks, classic children's literature and a review center for recent children's literature. Neumann Library also includes University Archives, which houses the NASA Johnson Space Center History Collection.

Computing and Telecommunications (back to top)

Computing and telecommunications resources available to students, faculty and administrative staff include:

Open academic computer labs for students, days and evenings, seven days per week. For current hours, please see the Website at

UCT Support Center serves as the first point of contact for all computing and telecommunications needs. The Support Center is available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Bayou Building, Room 2300, by phone at 281-283-2828 or by e-mail at

Information technology needs and services are available through the UCT Website at, including documentation, self-help guides, "Today's News," and policies

Web pages for the university, schools, programs, faculty and individual courses (

For more specifics, please tour our Web site at

Writing Center (back to top)

The Writing Center is an instructional facility where members of the university community (students, faculty and staff) can work with trained tutors on their writing projects. Tutors collaborate with writers as they sort through ideas, analyze assignments and audiences, revise documents by clarifying ideas and structure, and learn stylistic and editing strategies. The Writing Center also offers online tutoring for currently registered students. For more information, contact the Writing Center at 281-283-2910, visit our Web site or e-mail, or simply drop by SSCB 2105.

UHCL Alumni Association (back to top)

University of Houston-Clear Lake is committed to its alumni. The purpose of the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, and the alumni association as the volunteer leadership component, is to contact, engage, serve, empower and acknowledge alumni through programming, services, events and outreach.

All UHCL graduates and recipients of teacher's certificates are automatically members of the UHCL Alumni Association with no dues necessary. This means that UHCL graduates have access to the entire family of alumni, plus a host of great benefits. To learn more about the UHCL Alumni Association or to get involved, visit or contact the Office of Alumni and Community Relations, 281-283-2021 or

University Police (back to top)

The University Police Department is responsible for law enforcement, security and emergency response at UHCL. The UHCL police serve the university community and visitors alike through law enforcement, crime prevention, traffic control and public assistance programs. The department enforces all university regulations as well as local and state laws.

The departmentis located in the Bayou Building, Suite 1636 and is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained, professional police and communications officers staff the department. Services provided by the university police include: issuance of all parking permits, lock shop services including the issuance of codes and keys, vehicle unlocks, vehicle jumpstarts, airing deflated tires and safety escorts to your vehicle.

To report an on-campus crime or anyemergency, call the University Police Department at 281-283-2222 from off-campus telephones or 2222 from on-campus telephones. For special announcements, emergency closing and other information, call the UHCL Hotline at 281-283-2221. These numbers are listed on the front cover of the university telephone directory and on all of the department's printed publications and correspondence.For a complete overview of the University Police Department and its services, visit us on the Web at