Computer Information Systems Program

Program Overview/Mission

Welcome to the Computer Information Systems program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The College of Science and Engineering hosts the CIS program. We offer a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems.

The Bachelor of Science is accredited by the ABET under the Information System curriculum. The CIS program builds on a foundation of strong technical knowledge in computer science. The program emphasizes areas related to computer information systems such as database systems, Internet development, computer networking, Internet security, and software development. It also reinforces a broad understanding of other disciplines related to information systems, such as accounting, management, and communication.  The program balances theoretical computer science knowledge with practical skills in developing and administering information systems.

While students take core computing foundation courses such as data structures, they expose themselves to cutting-edge technologies in Information systems development, Internet and web applications, mobile computing, and network and systems administration. The CIS faculty gives students hands-on experiences. They gather the most up-to-date resources to create specialized laboratories. CIS students can use the Windows lab, the Solaris lab, the Systems Administration lab, the computer security lab, and the capstone project labs. CIS alumni blend their solid technical knowledge with practical, hands-on training. Their training qualifies them for work in various technical and management positions developing, operating, and maintaining computer information systems.

For more information about the CIS program, visit the About Us page. Please feel free to browse other CIS web pages to learn more about degree programs, courses, and other helpful information. For questions or comments about the website, please contact the Chair of Computer Information Systems Program Wei  Wei.

  Computer Information Systems B.S.
 

The plan in Computer Information Systems (CIS) leads to a bachelor of science B.S. degree. This plan prepares students to hold technical, administrative and management positions in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, operation and management of computer-based information systems. It is based on a broad general education and upper-level studies in computer science and other areas related to information systems, such as management, communication and accounting.   

The mission of the Computer Information Systems program is to prepare students for technical administrative and management careers in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, support, operation and management of computer information systems. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Computer Information Systems B.S. degree plan.   

The Computer Information Systems program at University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org
  Computer Information Systems M.S.
 

Graduate studies in Computer Information Systems  lead to a master of science M.S. degree. This plan is designed to prepare students for key technical, administration and management positions in the analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, operation and management of industrial and commercial computer information systems. Refer to the curriculum requirements on the Computer Information Systems MS. degree plan.

Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement

The mission of the undergraduate Computer Information Systems program is to prepare students for productive careers in computing by providing an excellent and diverse  environment for learning, research, and practice of computing theories, computer applications and software development.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the Computer Information Systems (CIS) program strike a balance between theory and practice of computer science and computer information systems. This balance satisfies both regional and national needs. Graduates of the CIS program are equipped with sound technical knowledge and skills, and an understanding of Information Systems environments. They are provided a broad education to attain productive employment, prepare them for success in further studies, and continue lifelong learning. Specifically, we want students engaged in:

  1.  Professional Practice
    Graduates will be highly proficient in computer information systems in various capacities, including, but not limited to, programmer, systems analyst, information technology consultant, information technology support specialist, and information systems manager.
  2. Professional Growth
    Graduates will demonstrate continuous career improvement, evidenced by increasing responsibility and leadership, participation in further studies, or transition into other technical or professional careers. Associated skills include initiative, innovation, creativity, effective communication, and teamwork.
  3. Professional Conduct
    Graduates will possess an awareness of the social and ethical implications of their work and their behavior.

The CIS program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org


Program Degrees

Accreditation Information

The Computer Information Systems B.S. and Computer Science B.S. programs at University of Houston-Clear Lake are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Admission Requirements

  • Computer Information Systems M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative)
    • GRE Essay of 3.5
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in a related field and background in Computer Information Systems; Will accept GMAT in lieu of GRE

Additional Admission Information

  Undergraduate Admission
 
  1. To apply to the Bachelor of Science program in CIS complete the UHCL application. Include the specific major code 153
  2. Direct any general questions about the CIS program to Said Bettayeb, the program chairperson
  3. Contact admissions regarding the status of your application
  4. To speed up your application processing, be sure you give all necessary documents to the University admission office

Note: An admission committee comprised of CIS faculty members reviews all admission applications using many criteria. Although we consider each applicant on an individual basis, the following three criteria are critical

  1. Preparation in computer science courses, especially credits and grades earned in C Pascal, Visual Basic and/or Ada
  2. Preparation in mathematics, especially Calculus I or Business Calculus
  3. Your GPA
  Graduate Admission
 
  1. To apply to the Master of Science program in CIS complete the UHCL application. Include the specific major code 153 
  2. Direct any general questions about the CIS program to Said Bettayeb, the program chairperson
  3. Contact Academic Advisors regarding the status of your application
  4. Students applying for admissions to graduate programs in the College of Science and Engineering are required to take either GRE (general test) or GMAT. The CIS program is currently the only program within the College of Science and Engineering that accepts GMAT in lieu of GRE
  5. To speed up your application processing, be sure you give all necessary documents to the University admission office

Notes: For applicants without a baccalaureate degree in a computer-related program, it is common for the CIS admission committee to recommend them to be admitted to the undergraduate CIS program to complete the foundation computer science courses. These students need not actually complete their undergraduate programs. Instead, after completing most of the foundation courses, they can reapply to be admitted to the CIS Master's program and thus transfer their status to graduate. A temporary period of undergraduate study has the advantages of allowing time for the students to learn more about their career interest in CIS and to pay the less expensive undergraduate tuition. In the past, many CIS students have successfully gone through this route.

Students enrolling in the undergraduate program with the intention of converting to the graduate program may get the permission to take the graduate leveling courses through their faculty advisors.

  Graduate Application Process
   

Follow these steps to apply for the graduate program in Computer Information Systems

Fill out the online application. The UHCL Office of Admissions will send you an acknowledgement letter, including an admission documentation checklist. You will also receive a student ID and password giving you access to UHCL E-Services. E-Services allow you to track your admission status and view an updated checklist to monitor your application's progress. 

Note: Send all transcripts of previously attended colleges and test scores to UHCL Office of Admissions. If you want to submit the optional "Letters of Intent," "Letters of Recommendation," or similar documents, send them directly to the Computer Information Systems Admission Committee for review. After you complete your application, the Office of Admissions will evaluate the transcripts. The Admissions staff will then forward the entire application package to the advising office of the College of Science and Engineering.

The Committee's address is:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Computer Science Admission Committee
College of Science and Engineering
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 3611
Houston, TX 77058-1098

The college advising office will further review your transcripts for transfer hours, GPA, and core curriculum and program foundation courses completed. Then they will prepare the application package for the admission review. The Computer Information Systems admission committee then reviews your application package. The admission committee considers many factors in a holistic manner to determine acceptance. Their criteria include GPA, GRE scores, grades earned in computer science and mathematics courses, undergraduate majors, recommendation letters, and your letter of intent.

 The evaluation and review takes approximately one month once you have completed your application file. Then you will receive a letter notifying you of your admission status. If you are accepted into the master's program, the letter will contain committee recommendations (if any) and specify your faculty advisors. Admission assigns faculty advisors during the review process; they will consider your request for specific faculty advisors.

You may track your application status via E-Services. You may also contact the UHCL Office of Admissions (call 281-283-2500 or uhcl_applicants@uhcl.edu). Since the Office of Admissions will not notify you when your application file is complete, it is your responsibility to verify that your application file is complete.

The advising and admission pages of College of Science and Engineering offer additional useful information. Prospective students may also visit the admissions website for general information about admission, including general admission requirements, admission procedures, and an online application.  

  Advising
 

Schedule a session with the academic advisor as soon as you arrive. You may want to read CPS Procedures.

The Office of Academic Advising unites current, prospective, and former students in the School of Science and Computer Engineering. The Academic Advising staff eases students' transition into upper-level coursework to help them realize their educational goals. This office provides information about degree programs explains decision processes and planning, resolves problems related to university policies, and ensures that students meet requirements for graduation.  

Academic Advisors:

  • Assist students to set up draft CPS (Candidate's Plan of Study)
  • Co-approve the CPS
  • Partially evaluate the academic records of the students
  • Advise undergraduates on all lower-level courses and upper-level courses
  • Process lower-level course waiver requests
  • Assign a faculty advisor

The Academic Advisor assigns Faculty Advisors to CIS Students. The Faculty Advisor:

  • Approves elective course selection
  • Determines foundation courses students need to take
  • Co-approves the CPS
  • Evaluates the academic records of the student, if needed
  • Helps students set up an individual study plan
  • Provides advice on course selection
  • Advises on requests to waiver courses

Before meeting with the Faculty Advisor, be sure you:

  • Select the elective courses you want to take
  • Contact the academic advisor to ensure that the faculty advisor has your file

Program Faculty

Faruk Arslan
Faruk Arslan

Faruk Arslan

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3886
Email: Arslan@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 228

Faculty Bio

Said Bettayeb
Said Bettayeb

Said Bettayeb

Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281.283.3717
Email: Bettayeb@uhcl.edu
Office: B3611.14

Faculty Bio

Sadegh Davari
Sadegh Davari

Sadegh Davari

Department Chair of Computing and Mathematics and Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3865
Email: davari@uhcl.edu
Office: D153

Faculty Bio

Radu Vlas
Radu Vlas

Radu Vlas

Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Information Technology,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3878
Email: Vlas@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 116

Faculty Bio

Wei Wei
Wei Wei

Wei Wei

Program Chair of Computer Information Systems and Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems ,
Science and Engineering

Contact number: 281-283-3732
Email: Wei@UHCL.edu
Office: Delta 175

Faculty Bio

Student Data and Outcomes

  Computer Information System - Enrollment by Term
 
PS_STRM Term COMPINFOBS CISBSPB Total
1890 Spring 2013 73 1 74
1900 Summer 2013 23 0 23
1910 Fall 2013 78 1 79
1920 Spring 2014 70 2 72
1930 Summer 2014 28 0 28
1940 Fall 2014 74 3 77
1950 Spring 2015 72 4 76
1960 Summer 2015 31 3 34
1970 Fall 2015 83 7 90
1980 Spring 2016 80 6 86
1990 Summer 2016 28 2 30
2000 Fall 2016 94 5 99
2010 Spring 2017 98 4 102

 

  Computer Information System - Degrees Awarded by Term
 
SEMESTER YEAR COMPINFOBS CISBSPB Total
Spring 2013 10 0 10
Summer 2013 1 0 1
Fall 2013 8 0 8
Spring 2014 4 0 4
Fall 2014 13 0 13
Spring 2015 3 0 3
Summer 2015 3 0 3
Fall 2015 3 0 3
Spring 2016 8 0 8
Summer 2016 1 0 1