University of Houston - Clear Lake

2012-2013 Graduate Catalog


School of Science and Computer Engineering

The School of Science and Computer Engineering (SCE) offers high quality academic degrees consistent with the role of a regional public university. Plans within the school prepare graduates to enter fields in natural sciences, mathematics, computing and computer and software engineering. Individuals in the school’s plans are expected to develop skills in problem solving, independent study and critical thinking, and to be able to adapt knowledge to new situations and to the benefit of society. Students in these plans attain a sense of professional values and ethics as well as knowledge and skills relevant to their specific subject area. This sense of professional responsibility is essential if society is to benefit from the interfaces with advanced technology and science.

The school supports research and development directed toward producing new knowledge and identifying additional applications of existing knowledge. Dissemination of scientific knowledge through publications and presentations is encouraged, as well as professional service to local, regional, national and international communities.

SCE has three divisions:

  • the Division of Computing and Mathematics
  • the Division of Engineering
  • the Division of Natural Sciences

The faculty of each division aspires to a professional model that includes balance among the components of the SCE mission which are teaching, research and service.

The Division Chair of Computing and Mathematics coordinates the plans in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematical Science and Statistics. The Division Chair of Engineering coordinates the plans in Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. Support areas include telecommunications, robotics, control systems, industrial modeling, mathematical modeling and petrochemical processes.

The Division Chair of Natural Sciences coordinates the plans in Biological Science, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics. Sub-plans or specialization areas include physiology/pre-health, cell/molecular, ecology/microbiology, biotechnology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, environmental biology, industrial hygiene, safety and technical management. The Chemistry Program has complete accreditation from the American Chemical Society (ACS).