College of Science and Engineering
The purpose of the Houston Baptist University College of Science and Engineering is to build engineers and scientists for tomorrow who employ biblical principles for solving problems, discover truth in the created world, and serve God and man.
The vision of the College of Science and Engineering at HBU is to be the best in the world at integrating fundamental principles of science, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with historic Christian values and standards to serve God and mankind (Faith). This uniquely positions HBU as a preparer of ethical and highly qualified talent for the workforce, the community and the world.
The mission of the College is to develop scientists and engineers who will utilize God-given resources and talents to serve humanity by solving scientific and technical challenges efficiently and effectively. The College will prepare students in a nurturing, Christian environment for careers and further education to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and humanity by making the world healthier, more productive and more secure. Graduates will be able to solve problems and communicate solutions effectively.
The College of Science and Engineering faculty members are deeply committed to undergraduate teaching and research. One-on-one interactions between faculty and students are the norm in this College, and research opportunities with faculty are available to undergraduates. Students are also encouraged to participate in summer internships and research programs at other universities and research institutions.
To support the progression of the purpose, vision, and mission of the College of Science and Engineering, a strategic plan was developed for implementation through years 2020-2025. Designed to Build Engineers and Scientists for Tomorrow, the COSE Strategic Plan employs five key priorities (student success, faith integration, meaningful growth, inspirational partnerships, and innovation). To view the entire plan, click here.
History of the College of Science and Engineering
In 1973, the Bachelor of Science degree first became available to students at Houston Baptist University. The College of Science and Health Professions was established to administer science-related degrees. The nursing and health programs were separated in 1991, creating the College of Science and Mathematics and the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
Houston Baptist University recognized the growing need for engineers and information specialists who understand how to incorporate complex, state-of-the-art technologies in the systems that they design, implement and secure. To meet the need for Houston’s energy, computing/software/information, maritime, manufacturing, healthcare, financial and aerospace industries, HBU established a College of Engineering in the fall of 2018 to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
To leverage synergies and collaboration between science and engineering programs, the College of Science and Engineering was established in 2019 from the merger of these two Colleges. The primary purpose of these changes has been to enhance the learning environment of our students and to position us to be on the leading edge of science and engineering education. We have created an environment in which there are strong interdisciplinary interactions between faculty in engineering, mathematics and the sciences. These faculty members work together seeking areas for enhancement in curricula, assessment, research, learning, advising, and the many other processes that impact the quality of the educational experience. With a new interdisciplinary organization, these interactions occur naturally, and collaborations are providing synergistic transformations. The administrative structure of the College of Science and Engineering is dynamic, breaking down traditional barriers to innovation and effective resource use. Its essential elements are multidisciplinary teams and interactions, rather than specific organizational lines and boxes.
Christian Principles and Foundation
The Christian mission of the HBU COSE is important to the faculty and administration, and to the students. It is also important to the healthcare industry, allied health professions, information security, and other executives who need professionals who are ethical, consistent and principled.
Curricular threads in engineering and computer science programs include Cloud Computing (storage, access, security), Cyber security, Mobility (wireless networks, mobile devices, Internet of Things), Data Analytics (Big Data, Machine Learning), and Project Management.
Pre-Professional Experience Office
In conjunction with Title V (2019-2024), the College offers specialized advising for students planning to continue their education by attending medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or graduate engineering school. The advising program is open to all HBU students interested in medical or health professions careers. Activities in the program include membership and participation in the appropriate pre-professional student organization, trips to medical and dental schools, and workshops offered by the Pre-Professional Experience Office.
Many industrial partners and individuals support the College by providing learning and work experiences (e.g. internships), assisting with lab development, sponsoring projects, providing guest and adjunct instructors, employing interns and graduates, and advising on curriculum design and improvement.
Engineering and computer science students learn to address cyber-related issues (e.g., security, Internet of things, embedded systems, software protection, network defense) from the beginning of the freshman year. The first-year curriculum utilizes a versatile hardware platform (mobile electronics and computing kit) to provide students with hands-on projects in an immersive learning environment.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Students in all programs are encouraged to work with faculty at HBU and with collaborators at regional medical schools and universities to design and conduct experiments leading to new discoveries and results.
Engineering-based Cyber Programs
The programs at HBU provide the only cyber-focused BS degrees in the Houston metro area.