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The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, hosted its annual STEM Challenge on April 9th, 2016 in the Student Services Building at UHCL. 21 teams made up of 70 students participated in the competition at two levels: beginner and advanced. Winners and participants won prizes including scholarships, internships, quadcopters and various other gifts.

STEM Challenge 2016 was sponsored by Flow-Cal Inc., Esyntaxis and AtLink Communications Inc. Breakfast was generously donated by Panera Bread. Lunch was provided at a concession rate by Freebirds Inc. Additional support was provided by various other companies and restaurants in the community. Faculty members from community colleges, high schools and UHCL participated actively and served as judges, mentors and in various other capacities. Industry representatives from Flow-Cal, AtLink and SAIC also served as judges.

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Find out more about The Bridges To STEM Careers(BSC) Program

Environmental Science (MS) Online Option
UH-Clear Lake Online Environmental Science Program Nationally Ranked

Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked University of Houston-Clear Lake seventh in affordability among 35 online environmental science master’s degree programs nationwide.

Beyond affordability and flexibility, UHCL’s online Master of Science in Environmental Science degree program also offers a multi-disciplinary approach taught by dedicated faculty members, said Program Chair and Professor of Environmental Science Chunlong (Carl) Zhang. While students in the online program focus on either a general track or an occupational safety and health track, they have access to courses in environmental biology, chemistry, geology and industrial hygiene for a well-rounded view of the discipline.

“Our program provides a good opportunity for students to have a diversity of courses to choose from,” Zhang said. “They choose based on their interests and backgrounds.”

Shanta Goswami Varma, executive director of UHCL’s Office of Online Programs, said this level of choice and flexibility is key to successful online programs. Another important facet, which UHCL’s environmental science program also exemplifies, is a focus on providing instruction that students find relevant and meaningful to their careers and goals.

“Students are working to enhance their skill sets. If we are able to provide the right things, we will have satisfied students,” she said, noting that students benefit when their coursework reflects the needs of their professional fields and local communities. “What does our community need? That is important.”

Environmental scientists need experience handling research, Zhang said, and UHCL’s environmental science program requires research projects from both face-to-face and online students. In completing the projects, students develop and propose their research focus, collect and analyze data and present their findings to colleagues.

Environmental science involves the study of air, water, soil, wildlife, humans and how all of these factors interact. A multidisciplinary approach to environmental science is key because environmental scientists are called upon to have a wide breadth of knowledge, Zhang said, noting that program faculty are actively expanding online course offerings.

A varied education also helps prepare students for careers in fields as diverse as petroleum, medicine, consulting, government and industry, where they will tackle problems from ozone depletion and water contamination to air pollution and workplace hazards.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the United States Department of Labor, published findings in the Occupational Outlook Handbook predicting that job openings for environmental scientists and specialists will grow by 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, citing increased environmental awareness and population growth as primary causes. The report also noted that, among U.S. states, Texas has the second highest number of job opportunities for environmental scientists.

Students pursue environmental science for a number of reasons, but Zhang points to job security and satisfaction as primary influences.

“Environmental science is truly an ideal profession for one to make a living while make a difference,” he said.

Nonprofit Colleges Online provides information for students seeking to continue their education online. As the organization’s website states, the publication highlights online university programs that are “putting students before profits and education before the bottom line.”

For more information about the UHCL Environmental Science Program, email or visit

Bayou Science and Mathematics Colloquium & Delta Computing and Engineering Colloquium for Spring 2016

Hosted by the School of Science & Computer Engineering

Upcoming SCE Colloquium Series in Spring 2016 Click here for more 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.

Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP)

The Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (H-LSAMP) is an academic program designed for undergraduate students interested in pursuing degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. H-LSAMP is an alliance comprised of top area institutions, including: Texas Southern University, University of Houston, Houston Community College, San Jacinto College, University of Houston-Downtown, and most recently, University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, H-LSAMP was created to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields each year. As a nondiscriminatory organization, H-LSAMP accepts all qualified individuals as resources allow.

If you want to develop skills and experience that will position you for life-long success, become an H-LSAMP scholar. Apply today!

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.

Course Announcement: Spring 2015 Semester
Subject Course Title Course Description Instructor
BIOL 4391-02 Selected Topics in Biological Sciences
Coastal Avian Biology
Learn about the biology and conservation of coastal birds!
Weekend Field Trips to Local Areas.
Dr. Felipe Chavez-Ramirez

For more information contact: Instructor: Dr. Felipe Chavez-Ramirez Director, Conservation Programs Gulf Coast Bird Observatory | Coastal Avian Biology (flyer)

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