UHCL announces new degree program
December 22, 2016 | UHCL Staff
Effective fall 2017, University of Houston-Clear Lake students seeking a degree with
a strong information technology focus through the university’s College of Science
and Engineering have a new option with the addition of a Bachelor of Science in Information
To date, students majoring in IT have been working toward a Bachelor of Applied Science
degree, which will continue to be offered.
“The main difference between the two degree programs is that every student currently
on the Bachelor of Applied Science track is a transfer student, while the Bachelor
of Science in IT will be open to freshmen,” said Krishani Abeysekera, program chair
of Information Technology and senior lecturer of Computer Science and Computer Information
Systems. “The Bachelor of Science in IT delivers the tools students need to meet the
rising demand in networking, systems administration, application programming, web
development, and cybersecurity across public, private, non-profit and government entities
The new Bachelor of Science degree will be open to freshmen and is considered a non-terminal
degree, meaning that students with the new degree may wish to move on to a doctoral
program or other advanced study.
“Students will be able to transfer some credits to the university to be accepted into
the degree program, but not as many as with the Bachelor of Applied Science,” she
Abeysekera said that a number of Bachelor of Applied Science students are already
expressing interest in moving to the new degree program in the fall.
“We see many of them are willing to take the additional classes to get the Bachelor
of Science,” said Abeysekera.
The new Bachelor of Science requires a senior-year internship, which Abeysekera said
is facilitated through the university’s Department of Computing Sciences.
“We have already established very good working relationships with a number of area
companies, including American National Insurance, Colombia-Brazoria Independent School
District, Perry Homes, Oiltanking North America, Associated Credit Union of Texas,
and Spire Realty Houston,” she said. “Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to gain entry
into the internship program, and we have had very good outcomes thus far with our
To find out more about the new degree program, contact the College of Science and
Engineering Advising Office by calling 281-283-3711 or emailing email@example.com.