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Why Engineering?

A 7.3 % national job growth in engineering is projected through the year 2022. (Source: U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics).Starting salaries for engineering graduates with bachelor's degree are among the highest for college graduates.

Why Pre-Engineering at UHCL?

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.

Pre-Engineering Curriculum

Please check the Pre-Engineering curriculum for Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering offered at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Admission Requirements

For the 2016-2017 academic year, we will be accepting applications for Pre-Engineering from incoming freshmen (both first time in college and transfer with less than 30 hours), and current UHCL students with less than 30 hours of credit. Post-baccalaureate students interested in the Pre-Engineering program will be reviewed on an individual basis, and should contact Kialyn Yendell (CSE Academic Advising Coordinator) at Students who complete their first two years at UHCL will have guaranteed acceptance to Engineering programs at UH-Main if they meet the following admission criteria:

Transfer to University of Houston

  • Math GPA 3.0 or better (based on all calculus courses and math courses with calculus pre-requisites attempted)
  • Science GPA 3.0 or better (based on all college-level chemistry, biology, geology, and calculus-based physics courses that apply to UH Engineering degree plan attempted)
  • English GPA 2.5 or better (based on all college-level English courses attempted)
  • Cumulative GPA 3.25 or better (based on all college-level work attempted)
  • Engineering GPA 3.0 or better (based on all college-level engineering courses attempted)

Please note that UHCL GPA is calculated using grade replacement; the above GPA requirements utilize all attempted coursework. Please consult your academic advisor with additional questions on GPA requirements.

Students who will not transfer to UH-Main, will have an option to transfer to other universities or continue their education at UHCL.

Last updated: 08/01/2016 UTC
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