College of Science and Engineering

Undergraduate Programs
Pre-Professional Programs


The purpose of the Houston Baptist University College of Engineering and Science is building engineers and scientists for tomorrow, who employ biblical principles for solving problems, discovering truth in the created world, and serving God and Man.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Science in:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Scholastic Requirements

Students in the College of Science and Engineering must earn a grade of “C” or better in any course that serves as a prerequisite for another course, prior to taking courses for which it is a prerequisite.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academically qualified undergraduate students have an opportunity to gain experience by working as a member of a research team including faculty and students. Most programs offer opportunity for academic credit for such research experiences, but students may also participate as volunteers.

Distinctives

The programs in the College of Science Engineering are distinguished by the following major features, providing unique and significant advantages to students, graduates, and employers.

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 that are ethical, consistent, and principled.

Engineering-based Cyber Programs

The programs at HBU provide the only cyber-focused. B.S. degrees in any university in the Houston metro area.

Health Professions Advising

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 a 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 Health Professions Office.

Industry Engagement

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.

Project-based Learning

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 hand-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.

Department of Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology

Major in Biology

The Biology Department at Houston Baptist University emphasizes the biomedical/biotechnology area of biology. HBU Biology is especially strong in Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Animal Systems.  The program, taught by faculty with earned Doctorates (e.g., from Yale, UCLA, University of Houston, Texas A&M University(, prepares students for a wide variety of careers including health professions, graduate school, nursing, education, and industry.

Graduates of HBU Biology have become PhDs, physicians, dentists, bio technicians, researchers, teachers, and other interesting professions.  They work in the fields of allied health, quality control, ecology, animal and plant science, consulting, lab management, forensics, and related sales areas.

HBU Biology prepares students for their careers by offering biology courses with an academically rigorous, contemporary curriculum.  HBU Biology faculty serve as mentors to enable students to develop professional attitudes required for success and service.

HBU Biology provides mentoring and experiences that enable students to grow in a Christian environment that integrates the principles of biological sciences with their faith.

Departmental honors are available in Biology.

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Major in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology

The College of Science and Engineering provides the interdisciplinary training necessary to prepare students for success in careers in the biological and biochemical sciences.  HBU faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Math and Physics teach and mentor in this major.  The Biochemistry-Molecular Biology (BCMB) major incorporates the training needed for students to compete for spaces in medical school, dental school and graduate programs in the biological and biochemical sciences, in addition to entry-level employment in biomedical research at academic institutions and in the biotechnology industry. Departmental honors are available in BCMB.  The BCMB program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Department of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics

Major in Chemistry

The chemistry major includes courses in biochemistry as well as general, inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.  Calculus I and II and two courses in calculus-based physics are also required.  The curriculum provides laboratory experiences and includes a senior research project.  Internships and additional undergraduate research opportunities, outside of course requirements, are available to qualified chemistry majors.  Chemistry graduates commonly pursue graduate school, industrial employment, and further study in various health professions.

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Major in Mathematics

The mathematics major combines coursework in both pure and applied mathematics with computer applications. It is designed to prepare students for graduate study or for careers in business, government, and industry.  Mathematics courses are also offered to support other programs, including business, chemistry, education, engineering, the health professions, and physics.

Mathematics graduates often find employment with companies in technological fields such as computer science, engineering, statistics, and actuarial science, but are also highly-valued by employers in non-technological fields because of their proven problem-solving abilities. A mathematics degree also provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue further studies. Departmental honors are available in Mathematics.

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Major in Physics

The physics program at HBU provides a firm foundation in the theoretical and experimental aspects of physics. In addition, the physics program offers courses for non-science majors: Physics for the Liberal Arts Mind; Astronomy and the Universe; Physics of Sound. Currently, the faculty is involved in theoretical, experimental, and applied physics research. Areas of research include biophysics and quantum mechanics.

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Teacher Certification  (See College of Education and Behavioral Sciences)

The Colleges of Science and Engineering and Education and Behavioral Sciences cooperatively offer teacher certification in the following areas:

  • 4-8 Composite Science
  • 4-8 Math Studies
  • 7-12 Composite Science
  • 7-12 Life Science
  • 7-12 Math Studies
  • 7-12 Physical Science

Pre-Professional Programs

The College of Science and Engineering also offers (in addition to advising for HBU degree requirements) specialized advising for students planning to continue their education after obtaining a degree from HBU by attending medical, dental, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, or an engineering school. The requirements as listed below are frequently updated by maintaining close contact with all professional schools. However, professional schools are continually modifying their curriculum, so students should consult with the health professions director for the most current requirements for a post-baccalaureate program.

Pre-Medical / Pre-Dental Program

The pre-medical/pre-dental program is open to all HBU students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry.  The program is not a major, rather it is a series of classes and activities designed to prepare students for entry into these schools.  Activities in the program include membership and participation in the appropriate pre-professional student organization (Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-professional honor society and the Pre-Dental Society), trips to medical and dental schools, and workshops offered by the Health Professions Office.  Students should check the bulletin board on the second floor of the Cullen Science building for information about scheduled activities.  Students are also encouraged to seek shadowing opportunities with area health care professionals and to perform community service as individuals or in conjunction with AED and PDS.

Entry into a health professions school is a competitive process. Application to medical and dental schools may occur early in the summer after a student’s junior year if prerequisite courses are complete and a student has a competitive GPA and MCAT/DAT score. If these conditions are not met, it may be in the student’s best interest to delay application until they obtain a competitive GPA and admissions test score. Texas medical and dental schools require evaluation letters. They may be submitted in one of two forms. 1). A Composite Letter of Evaluation from their Health Professions Office 2.) Three individual letters of evaluation. The HBU Health Profession Office provides a Composite Letter of Evaluation for qualified students.

The Composite Letter of Evaluation Package is preferred by the professional schools.  This package contains comments by the science faculty, advisors, and evaluations performed by the Applicant Evaluation Committee.  In order to obtain this letter, an HBU student must:

  1. Complete 30 semester hours at HBU of which 16 hours are science courses.
  2. Complete 13 of the 16 pre-requisites courses (45 hrs is the total required) listed in the table below. If 13 classes have not been completed, the student will be referred to the Medical Professions Advisory Committee, for evaluation and comments to be included in the Evaluation Package.
  3. Register with the Health Professions Office (room S219) to indicate their intention to apply to medical/dental school. This registration should occur between January 15 and Mar 1 of the application year.
  4. Attend a 30 minute scheduled interview with the Applicant Evaluation Committee during the spring semester prior to application. In addition to these requirements, students are required to attend the series of three workshops designed to acquaint students with the on-line Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service, the format of a successful personal statement and the expectations of the medical school faculty at the interview.

Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University.  A current list of requirements for admission is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering.

Pre-Chiropractic Program, Texas Chiropractic College, and Parker Chiropractic College

A current list of requirements for admission these chiropractic colleges is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with Texas Chiropractic College for any updates as these requirements may change without notice to HBU. For other entrance requirements, students should contact Texas Chiropractic College.

Pre-Optometry Program

A current list of requirements for admission is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering. Pre-optometry prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional School for any updates.  Students are encouraged to participate in the activities of our HBU Pre-Optometry Professional Society (HBU POPS).

Pre-Pharmacy Program

Students who plan to enter the field of pharmacy may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a school of pharmacy. A current list of requirements for admission is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering.

Pre-Pharmacy prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

A current list of requirements for admission is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering. Pre-Physical Therapy prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional School for any updates.  Since programs vary in entrance requirements, students should confirm the specific admission requirements for each school.

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Students who plan to enter the field of Physician Assistant may complete the prerequisite courses at Houston Baptist University before applying for admission to a Physician Assistant program. A current list of requirements for admission is maintained in the Health Professions Office of the College of Science and Engineering. Pre-Physician Assistant prerequisite courses may change at any time without notice to Houston Baptist University. It is the student’s responsibility to check often with the professional school for any updates.

Department of Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering at Houston Baptist University offers B.S. degrees in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science.  These degrees produce graduates in high demand, in many of our nation’s critical infrastructure industries.  Please see the information available on these programs on the HBU website, or elsewhere in the catalog.

Learning by Doing

Engineering students learn to address cyber related issues (e.g., security, internet of things, embedded systems, software protection, network defense, programming, mobility, and cloud computing) from the beginning of the freshman year.   The first-year projects curriculum utilizes a unique mobile technology platform (electronics and computing kit) to provide students hand-on projects.  Students learn the intricacies of engineering and computing in an immersive learning environment. This curriculum cultivates problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students look at problems (typically in the cyberspace domain), design algorithms and propose them as solutions, and analyze the effectiveness of their implementation.

Professional Learning Experiences

All students in the Engineering complete a year-long senior project, directed by faculty but sponsored by industrial partners.  In addition, all students complete at least one professional education experience (i.e. internship).  HBU staff assist students in identifying internship opportunities.  By interacting directly with engineers working in industry, students gain practical and real-world problem-solving experience to enhance their learning.

Major in Cyber Engineering

The Cyber Engineering Program (CYEN) is a four-year undergraduate degree best described as the intersection of Computer Science (CS) and Electrical Engineering (EE) applied to the cyberspace domain. Cyber engineers incorporate electrical engineering and computer science to understand cyberspace and use skills developed in digital forensics, security policy, and network defense to perform cybersecurity tasks, as well as work on engineering hardware and software.  Cyber engineers design secure systems at the interface of operational technology (sensors and things that move) and information technology (the digital world).

The CYEN program is designed to prepare students to embark on a variety of opportunities in cyber- related fields; its core consists of a series of cyber courses. These courses are designed to motivate the application of theoretical concepts learned in other courses and to promote discovery of the underpinnings of EE and CS. Combining intense coursework and open-ended problems, the projects-based cyber courses provide students with an immersion in Cyber Engineering.

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Major in Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering curriculum is a carefully planned program of study designed to meet the challenges of expanding professional opportunities. From foundations in the basic sciences of mathematics, physics and chemistry, the program progresses through the engineering sciences to emphasize the roles of mechanics and electrical theory in the analysis, synthesis, design, and operation of engineering devices and systems. A coordinated laboratory program and series of projects supplements classroom instruction, stimulate creativity, and further professional competence. Finally, a variety of courses selected to provide an adequate humanistic and cultural background is included to insure both the recognition and fulfillment of the engineer’s responsibilities as a citizen.

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Major in Computer Science

The computer science curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundational education in mathematics, science, and the humanities; an in-depth study of computing, including the practical and theoretical aspects of both hardware and software; and an opportunity for graduate study or a challenging position in industry. Because of the rapid pace of change in the field, the program places primary emphasis on fundamental computing concepts including multi-disciplinary applications.

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Accreditation

Engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by ABET.  ABET guidelines require that the initial application for accreditation include information from the first class of graduates, anticipated in Spring of 2022. As is common for new engineering programs, we will request that our accreditation be made retroactive so that is applies to the original, charter class. The College leadership has extensive experience in evaluating engineering programs for ABET accreditation, and in leading successful accreditation results.  The degree programs at HBU have been designed with ABET accreditation as a key feature.  Curriculum, courses, educational objectives, and student outcomes for these programs meet the definitions and criteria for accreditation.  Assessment processes have been designed to enable sufficient data for evaluation and continuous improvement.

Pre-Engineering Program

Program Description

For those students who wish to pursue a major in a field of engineering not offered by HBU, the pre-engineering program is designed to prepare students to complete an engineering degree after two years of full-time study at HBU followed by two to three years of full-time study at a university that offers alternate engineering programs. The exact time required will depend on the university and the field of engineering chosen. The pre-engineering program allows students to take many of their engineering, math and science courses and some of their general elective courses at HBU before transferring.

The Dean of the College will provide students with advice and assistance in selecting courses to prefer them to transfer.  The Dean will work with the student and the university that the student plans to attend after leaving HBU, to verify that the courses taken at HBU will satisfy that school’s requirements.

To be recommended for admission to an engineering school, students must complete all required courses with a grade of a “C” or higher, and maintain a cumulative Quality Point Average of at least 2.5.

Advantages and Opportunities of Pre-Engineering

For students who wish to begin their studies at HBU, and later transfer to an engineering college that offers alternate fields of engineering, HBU offers an excellent starting place.  While at HBU, students benefit from the University’s quality academic programs based on strong Christian values, small classes with easily accessible faculty, and many opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including student chapters of professional organizations, music, sports, student government, and fraternities and sororities.  The College provides many opportunities for all students, including first and second year students (and pre-engineering students) to interact with industry professionals, and work on realistic projects while learning fundamentals.