College of Science and Engineering
STEM With a Christian Foundation
The College of Science and Engineering, informally known across HCU’s campus as COSE, offers a robust curriculum across several disciplines. As a college, COSE strives to be the best in the world at integrating fundamental principles of science, engineering and mathematics with historic Christian values and to empower its students with the tools and skills they need to serve both God and mankind.
COSE’s offerings range from biology, chemistry and mathematics to electrical engineering, cyber engineering and computer science. Career opportunities based on these programs often outpace other professional fields. Our graduates are finding opportunities for influence in a dynamic variety of professions—from medical technicians and researchers, to teachers, engineers and business leaders both locally and abroad.
With the only BS degrees in engineering-based cyber programs in the Houston metro area, the College of Science and Engineering at HCU sets itself apart from other universities. Students encounter project-based learning opportunities in their classes and with our local industry partners through tailored research and internship opportunities.
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.
Students who are interested in combining their engineering degree with the university’s Honors College can find more information about this possibility on the Honors College website.
Christian Principles and Foundation
The Christian mission of the HCU 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 ethical, consistent and principled professionals.
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.
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, physician assistant, physician assistant, or graduate school. Our advising/mentoring is open to all HCU students interested in medical or health professions careers. Available resources include membership and participation in the appropriate pre-professional student organization and trips to pre-professional schools. Health professions workshops and professional development seminars are offered by the 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 HCU 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 HCU provide the only cyber-focused BS degrees in the Houston metro area.