University of Houston-Clear Lake    Search  Home  Login  
University of Houston-Clear Lake  
Welcome to School of Science and Computer Engineering
Division of Computing and Mathematics: Undergraduate Program Information  | Graduate Program Information  
Pre-Engineering Program

By enrolling in a pre-engineering program at UHCL, student will have the opportunity to explore five different engineering degree paths at an affordable cost. It's a great way to test the waters of an engineering degree, before fully committing to the major. Throughout the program, students will be immersed in the physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science instruction they need to be prepared for a future in engineering. While in Pre-Engineering, students will also enroll in typical university core curriculum and foundational curriculum courses. After completing the coursework, student may apply for admission to the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering upon satisfaction of UH transfer admission standards. These students may also retain the option to stay at UHCL, and obtain an Engineering degree from UHCL or transfer to any other university in the country.

However, because engineering may be an extremely challenging course of study to some students, these students may determine that it is not an appropriate choice. Therefore, advisors will assist these students in finding a course of study that is best suited to their unique talents and interests. The ultimate priority is for every student to graduate successfully from a best-fit major.

Find out more about The Bridges To STEM Careers(BSC) Program
The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, hosted its annual STEM Challenge on April 11th, 2015 in the Student Services Building at UHCL. 18 teams made up of 62 members participated in the competition at two levels. Winners and participants won prizes including scholarships, internships, robotics kits and various other gifts.

STEM Challenge 2015 was sponsored by Credexo Inc., Esyntaxis and AtLink. Additional support was provided by various other companies and restaurants in the community. Community college, High school and UHCL faculty members participated actively and served as judges, mentors and in various other capacities. Industrial representatives from Credexco, AtLink and SAIC also served as judges.

The challenge was open to all high school and undergraduate students. Over 8 different high schools and 6 different community colleges and universities were represented in the challenge. The challenge consisted of two levels of competition, with each team rotating through three stations: Game of Clues to challenge their math knowledge, Creative Inventors to showcase their imaginative skills and Robot Adventure to test their problem solving and programming skills. The event was limited to 18 teams, with a maximum of 4 members per team. 12 beginner teams and 6 advanced teams participated in the event.

During the challenge, each team spent 50 minutes at one of the three stations, trying to complete tasks that were progressively more challenging, before rotating to the second and third station. Each task was assigned a point value, and each task had to be completed and demonstrated before receiving instructions for the next task.

In the Beginner category, Team Dignitas comprising of students Sarah Cao, Justin Hill, Jack Baumann and Michael Peterson from UHCL and Clear Lake HS placed first, and each contestant went home with $400 scholarships to UHCL along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Robonauts comprising of 4 high school students from Clear Lake, Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Clear Horizons were a close second, and each received a $250 scholarships to UHCL along with a complete Arduino turtlebot robotics kit.

In the Advanced category, Team Oh My Gauss, comprising of students Andrew Hahn, James Harrington, Josh Schults and Kevin McEachern placed first, and each member received a $500 scholarship to UHCL, along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Overflow comprising of students Miguel Rasales, Thomas Garza, Daniel Velazco and Gregory Hemenway placed second, and each received $350 scholarships to UHCL, along with Logitech Bluetooth Keyboards.

Three teams were awarded Station Master Status, and these teams went home with either Bluetooth speakers, Amazon Fire TV sticks or Motorola Portable Battery Chargers. The first and second place winners of both categories were not eligible for this prize.

Thanks to several departments at UHCL and area restaurants and vendors, participants won many door prizes, such as 1TB solid state external hard drives, flash drives and gift cards.
The STEM challenge was organized by Bridges to STEM Careers program – A partnership with the University of Houston Clear-Lake and San Jacinto College and supported by the National Science Foundation.
Additional STEM Challenge 2015 Photos

Network Management and Security Training Programs
Are you interested in a career in Information Security or Networking? Have you ever thought of earning industry certifications to further your career? The Network Management and Security certificate is designed for you to achieve those goals.
The suite of four classes covers the fundamental technology, concepts and practices of modern Information Security operations, including access control, authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), network security protocols, policy construction and enforcement mechanisms, contingency planning and application security. Students have options of taking all four or individual classes.

UHCL footer   

  Accessibility  |   Best Viewed  |   Clery Act  |   Compact with Texans  |   Emergency Information  |   Maps & Directions  
  State Website Linking and Privacy Policy  |   Title IX (Sexual Misconduct)  |   UH System  |   Public Information  |   Fraud Reporting  |   MySafeCampus