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 The Engineering Department at University of Houston-Clear Lake strives to assist students in reaching their career goals. The engineering programs are designed to strengthen independent thought, critical thinking, and problem solving abilities. Groundwork is developed to encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning and innovative thought. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the principles and practices pertaining to disciplines such as computer engineering, engineering management, systems engineering, software engineering, and pre-engineering. Specialization options are also available to obtain specific expertise.

The Computer Engineering program provides a foundation in computer hardware and software, combined with engineering-level mathematics, preparing students for careers in computer-based industries. A BS in Computer Engineering and a MS in Computer Engineering option is available.

The bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering examines large and small computer systems for industrial, scientific, and business applications. Students prepare for jobs in computer-based industries as well as for admission into the graduate plan in Computer Engineering. The program also lays the groundwork for a graduate degree in Computer Engineering, with specializations including computer control systems, industrial automation and robotics, fault-tolerant computing, parallel processing, telecommunications and networking.

The master of Science in Computer Engineering degree prepares students to occupy leading roles in the development and use of computers and computer systems. The program addresses the evaluation, design, and implementation of computer systems for various applications. Current specializations within the computer engineering degree plan include computer control systems, industrial automation and robotics, fault-tolerant computing, parallel processing, telecommunications and networking.

The graduate program in Engineering Management (EMGT) leads to the master of science (MS) degree. The program offers the candidate an opportunity to earn an advanced degree in two years while maintaining full-time employment. The broad EMGT curriculum was designed to prepare students with technical backgrounds to become industry leaders. To achieve this objective, the curriculum is carefully designed by integrating courses from the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Business. The program focuses on multiple disciplines such as Business Management/Administration, Project Management, Systems Engineering, and Industrial Engineering among others.

The EMGT curriculum is composed of 36 hours of graduate course work of which 21 hours are core requirements and 15 hours are be electives with capstone or thesis option.

The EMGT MS program offers two different tracks – Traditional EMGT MS and Fully online EMGT MS. Students in the traditional track complete the program either face-to-face or partially online while students in the fully online track complete all courses online.

The Fully Online Engineering Management (EMGT) MS program is the right track if you are comfortable with online learning and if you are looking for a rigorous online program offered by highly qualified faculty members in their professional fields for your potential career enhancement. This track offers the candidate an opportunity to earn an advanced degree fully online in two years while maintaining full-time employment. All online courses within this track are offered in an asynchronous delivery mode using modern online course management techniques. Both this and the traditional EMGT MS tracks use the same academic standards.

The fully online track is a non-thesis degree program with total of 36 graduate credit hours (21 hours of core courses and 12 hours of elective courses, and 3 hours of capstone course). Review the degree plan for this track.

For students interested in building a foundation in engineering, the Pre-Engineering program provides the opportunity to explore different degree-related paths at an affordable cost. This unique opportunity to study in the areas of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, allows students the experience of an engineering degree curriculum first-hand, without fully committing to the major. Plans of study include chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

The Systems Engineering graduate program offers a Master of Science degree and certificate program option.

The Master of Science in Systems Engineering degree prepares students by analyzing engineering process, engineering analysis, and engineering management. Students will have the ability to analyze, integrate, and manage complex projects from diverse disciplines of science, engineering, and mathematics. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics such systems engineering economics, concurrent engineering, risk management, project management, decision analysis, management of technology, and safety engineering.

Students that already have a master's degree in a related field would benefit from a four course System Engineering Certificate program that examines the basics of systems engineering. The program is designed to advance students in their professional career and provides options such as risk management, decision analysis, concurrent engineering, human factors engineering, and safety.

The graduate plan in Software Engineering leads to the master of science M.S.degree. Students are best prepared for this program by having an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. Studies in this degree address the foundations, methodologies and tools used in the management, planning, design and engineering of software systems. By providing a careful balance between theory and practice, the plan prepares students for key software positions in industry, government and institutions where software engineering has become a key activity. Students choose extended course work and either the capstone option or thesis option. The plan requires core areas of software engineering to be mastered. Each of these areas is covered by a dedicated set of core and extended courses. Two programs are available, one for international and domestic students and one for domestic online students. The domestic online option is only available at this time for fully online domestic students. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Software Engineering MS degree plan.

Software Online Program for Domestic Students

The Software Engineering online domestic program has the same program requirements as the regular software engineering program. The only exception is that the elective course options will be limited to those courses that are offered 100% online. Students in the online program must be able to take 100% of their courses online. Such students may choose face to face course equivalents if they elect to drive to campus to attend class meetings.

Students are able to earn the SWEN Certificate online that currently already have a BS in Computer Science, or related field with an extensive background in computer science and computer programming.

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Last updated: 01/03/2017 UTC
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