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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources and Services

Academic Resources


500 Main, Info. 713-221-8187• www.uhd.edu/library

The W.I. Dykes Library occupies the north portion of the fourth floor and the entire fifth floor of the One Main Street building and may be entered from the Main Street elevators or stairs. The library’s fourth floor computer lab provides 84 Windows computers with Internet access, research databases, and software applications. In addition to the computer lab, fourth floor study spaces include thirteen group study rooms, two presentation practice rooms, and a large reading room where students are able to study or relax between classes. The reading room and some study rooms are available for 24-hour access. Two library instruction classrooms and an event room are also located on the fourth floor. The recently renovated fifth floor houses the library’s physical collection and is furnished with comfortable seating and study carrels. The 40,000 Windows Café is located in the southeast corner of the fifth floor.

The library has holdings and access to more than 758,780 electronic and print books, subscriptions to more than 220 unique databases and access to more than 141,220 digital journals. The library also has a collection of over 4,470 physical multimedia items that are available for checkout or for listening and/or viewing in the library and access to more than 81,700 electronic media items. The Texas Education Collection is also housed in the library and includes teacher editions of select Texas state-adopted textbooks for K-12. This collection is supplemented by holdings of children’s literature. In order to enable convenient access for UHD’s commuter student body, preference is given toward purchase of full-text electronic materials.

The library website is frequently updated and is designed to serve as a gateway for navigating library resources. The library homepage offers multiple approaches for research queries, including LibSearch, a powerful Web-scale discovery service that allows easy searching across library holdings and beyond, the UHD online catalog, which lists books, journals, and other resources available through the W. I. Dykes Library, most University of Houston central campus libraries and the University of Houston-Clear Lake library, research guides created by subject librarians, the library’s electronic course reserves system, as well as information about library services and updates. Library news may be followed through the library’s blog (widykeslibrary.org/news), Facebook (www.facebook.com/UHDLibrary), and Twitter (twitter.com/uhdlibrary).

Students, faculty and staff can connect to electronic resources from any location with their e-services username and password. Access to the catalog and electronic resources from a home computer, wireless locations or from UHD computer labs supports research 24 hours a day. The full-text of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles in electronic form can be found by using the library’s databases, which include ABI/Inform Complete, Academic Search Complete, ACM Digital Library, Black Studies Center, Business Source Complete, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Databases , PsycINFO, SAGE Journals Online, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Westlaw Campus Research. Many additional electronic resources for finding citations or information about a topic can be accessed through the library’s website, including the databases Web of Science, Alexander Street Video, and Films on Demand. Search results from the library’s electronic holdings can be printed, downloaded to a flash drive or emailed. Print books from other UH system libraries may be requested electronically by clicking the Request button in the online library catalog. If the W. I. Dykes Library does not own a book or journal article needed by a student, faculty, or staff member, then an interlibrary loan request may be submitted online through the library’s My Interlibrary Loan system and the library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department will make every effort to borrow the material from another library within the nation-wide ILL network. ILL is primarily a free service. If there will be a charge, permission will be requested beforehand. The ILL Department also provides services for UHD off-campus and online students and faculty who would like to have materials from the W. I. Dykes Library collections delivered to them at the site where they have classes.

Reference librarians at the Information Desk offer in-person or telephone assistance in utilizing library resources. Reference help is also available through the library’s Ask a Librarian email service, 24/7 live chat, texting, research consultation appointments and a repository of previously asked questions and answers. UHD librarians are available to collaborate with faculty to provide library and course-related instruction, including face-to-face sessions and customized course-integrated learning activities. An augmented reality walking tour that explains library services and presents basic research strategy is also available.

Scanner stations and card and coin-operated photocopiers are available in the library. Two computer workstations are reserved for visually impaired students. Anyone with special physical or communication needs may ask for assistance from any library service desk or contact the library to schedule an appointment for special services.

A UHD identification card is used to check out materials. The library is open seven days a week during fall and spring semesters and Monday through Saturday during summer sessions. Check with the library for intersession and holiday hours. For reference information, call 713-221-8187; for circulation information call 713-221-8186.

Advising and Mentoring

Academic Advising Center

N 320, 713-221-8006

Academic Advising is a place where UHD students can meet with an academic advisor to discuss academic and other university issues. Academic Advisors are available to make recommendations for registration and degree plan requirements, match students’ needs with available resources, communicate university policies and procedures, and assist students in declaring their major. Academic advisors are also available to discuss coursework evaluation from previous colleges and universities that students may have attended. Academic Advising is open from 8:00 to 6:00, Monday- Thursday and 8:00 to 5:00 on Friday. No appointment is necessary during registration; however, students are strongly encouraged to request an appointment to meet with advisors during the regular semester.

Academic Support Center

N925, 713-221-8669

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides tutoring for students seeking to develop their skills in math, statistics, writing, and reading. In addition, the ASC provides computers for students working on class assignments and quiet study areas for independent or small group study sessions. The ASC is staffed by faculty and student peer tutors and is open to all currently enrolled UHD students. Tutoring hours are structured to accommodate students attending day, evening, and weekend classes. The following tutoring centers are conveniently located within the ASC:

Center for Math and Statistics Support (C4MS2): C4MS2 is a free walk-in tutoring service for mathematics and statistics available to all UHD students. C4MS2 seeks to maintain a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and reduce student anxiety about learning mathematics and statistics. The Center is staffed with experienced and qualified faculty and student peer tutors. Tutoring is available for all developmental and freshman-level mathematics courses including MATH 0300 - Beginning Algebra , MATH 1300 - Intermediate Algebra  MATH 1301 - College Algebra  MATH 1302 - Plane Trigonometry  MATH 1305 - Finite Mathematics with Applications  MATH 1306 - Fundamentals of Calculus with Applications , MATH 1310 - College Mathematics for Liberal Arts , MATH 1404 - Precalculus Mathematics , and MATH 1505 - Precalculus with Trigonometry , and for statistics courses such as STAT 1312 - Statistical Literacy , STAT 2300 - Introduction to Statistics , STAT 3309 - Statistical Analysis for Business Applications I / STAT 3310 - Statistical Analysis for Business Applications II , and pre-service elementary teacher courses MATH 3321 - Math Concepts I / MATH 3322 - Math Concepts II .  Tutoring is also available for MATH 2401 - Calculus I  and MATH 2411 - Calculus I for the Natural Sciences . Computers are also available in the Center for students to work on their online homework.

Writing and Reading Center: In pursuit of its dual mission, the UHD Writing & Reading Center facilitates UHD student, staff, and faculty efforts to read, write, think critically, and communicate, and provides student peer tutors of writing with a rich teaching and learning experience and ongoing professional development in writing center research, theory, and tutoring practice. Students can learn more about the WRC at www.uhd.edu/wrc. Students interested in making an appointment may do so by registering for an account at https://uhd.mywconline.com.

Other Resources

Academic Computing Services

S800, 713-221-8540 • www.uhd.edu/computing

The University of Houston-Downtown provides state-of-the-art computing equipment and software to its students, faculty, and staff. The university offers wireless computing services campus-wide (www.uhd.edu/wireless) and wireless printing for students (www.uhd.edu/printwireless) as well as computer lab environments and a technology commons to support general student lab and classroom computing needs.

The Academic Computing Labs are located in Suite 800-South in One Main, Suite C300 in the Commerce Building, Suite B200 in the Shea Building, and Suite B12.353 at UHD Northwest. Several electronic classrooms are available within these labs, as well as within the Technology Teaching & Learning Center (A700). There are more than 900 computers represented in these areas, as well as several laser printers and scanners. Laptops are available for student checkout in S800, C300 and B200. All labs have similar capabilities and support as the computer lab in Suite 800-South. The computer labs are available to serve all students, faculty and staff. Most computers in these labs are equipped with the same software.

The Technology Commons area is located in Suite B200 in the Shea Street Building and houses a 50-seat general use computer lab. There are also four electronic classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Shea Street Building including three inside the Technology Commons. These classrooms are utilized primarily for academic classes but are often opened as lab space when not occupied by classes.

Each of these facilities (S800, B200, C300 and B12.353 at Northwest) is available to any currently enrolled students, has several electronic classrooms as part of the facility, and provides special devices to aid students with disabilities. The Student Technology Services group, which manages and operates the labs, also provides documentation as well as group and individual consulting to its constituents. Presentation systems equipped with computers and projectors are also available in the electronic classrooms.

The Academic Computing Lab hours vary from semester to semester. A current listing of lab hours can be found at www.uhd.edu/acl. Extended support hours are also available through the Help Desk (713-221-8031) to faculty, staff & students 7 days a week. A current listing of support hours is listed at www.uhd.edu/computing/help.

Special purpose labs are also available to students. The Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology maintains several computer labs. The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has eight computer classrooms of PCs for instruction in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. The Department of Natural Sciences has a Science Learning Center that contains two electronic classrooms, and a Science and Technology Demonstration Laboratory. The College of Business and the Departments of Arts & Humanities, English and Social Sciences also have several computer labs. The Academic Support Center also offers learning support software for individual work in developing reading, writing and mathematical skills. There are over 45 specialized departmental computing labs that service subject-specific needs.

Students can also download free software such as McAfee Virus Scan for use at home, as well as specific applications from Microsoft through DreamSpark. Microsoft Office 365 is also available to all enrolled students. It is a web-based service by Microsoft that provides students with Email/Calendar access, Office Web Apps, and much more (www.uhd.edu/computing/Pages/computing-o365.aspx). In addition, discounted software and hardware is offered to UHD students via special links accessible from https://www.uhd.edu/computing/labs-technology-centers/academic-computing-labs/Pages/acl-discounts.aspx.

myUHD & Student e-Services


UHD offers a variety of student e-services on the web that allow students to go online rather than stand in line to perform administrative and academic functions that have traditionally required face to face interaction on campus. UHD’s student e-Services functions as a one stop student portal. In addition to providing access to GatorMail (see below) and a range of general information, such as the course schedule and the university catalog, many student-specific functions are available. Students may apply for admission, determine their financial aid status, determine their eligibility for registration, and register for classes if they meet certain requirements, view their grades, update their address and other directory information, and obtain information about their computer account. Students may also make payments on-line for library fines, parking citations, and tuition.


Office 365


All enrolled students are issued a GatorMail email account. Students can obtain their GatorMail username and password via Student eservices (www.uhd.edu/eservices). UHD assigns student email accounts as a means of communication between faculty, staff, and students. Students should check their email on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with University-related communications.

Technology Teaching and Learning Center

A700, 713-221-8200 • www.uhd.edu/computing/ttlc

The Technology Teaching and Learning Center (TTLC) located in the Academic Building Room A-700, serves as a resource center for faculty and staff who are interested in integrating technology in their academic and administrative activities. A wide range of services are offered in the TTLC in order to assist faculty and staff with improved understanding of software applications, technology tools, and assistance with improving a user’s technology knowledge base. The TTLC includes three electronic classrooms, a technology training lab, two seminar rooms capable of teleconferencing, an instructional television studio, and a faculty development area. The following services are offered in the TTLC.

Blackboard Support
Technical support and training for Blackboard is available for students, faculty and staff through a variety of methods, including telephone, email, online, chat and walk-in. The Blackboard team is committed to making sure faculty and staff are successful with all online coursework. Training sessions about various Blackboard topics are scheduled weekly. Training sessions can also be delivered to the different college’s conference areas or office visits. Blackboard support also includes an online Blackboard orientation for students, faculty and staff.

IT Training
IT related training is available for most all university wide applications including

  • Blackboard
  • Respondus
  • SoftChalk
  • Microsoft Office
  • GatorSync
  • Zoom
  • Qualtrics
  • Adobe Suite
  • Mediasite
  • UHD Sharepoint Website
  • eIntelligence
  • Formatting and Editing University Web Pages

Student technical training and support includes documentation and group trainings on GatorSync, Office365, and Blackboard.

A complete listing can be found here: https://www.uhd.edu/computing/services-training/training/Pages/training-index.aspx.

Multimedia Services
Multimedia Services provides a wide range of services to support classroom instruction, online instruction, meeting and event support and campus communications. Service areas include:

Classroom Technology Services

  • Oversees the operation and maintenance of presentation equipment in classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, the Special Events Center and the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium.
  • Distributes and maintains an inventory of PC laptops for faculty and staff for short term checkout
  • Distributes and maintains an inventory of circulating multimedia equipment for classroom instruction, student presentations, professional presentations, special events and university administrative activities.
  • Provides a limited amount of video and recording devices for student checkout.
  • Provides poster printing, and lamination services for required classroom instruction and staff operations.
  • Provides training to faculty and staff on the use of classroom technology and event room presentation equipment
  • Provides assistance to convert analog media in to digital format.
  • Video and audio set up for point to point and cloud base conference and webinars.
  • Provides standby assistance in live and on-demand webinars in conference rooms.

Event Support
Oversees all presentation support required for campus meetings and special events; staff consults with clients to determine the multimedia equipment and technical support required to stage activities and faculty sponsored student events.

Video Production Services
Provide creative and technical support for:

  • Audio and video productions, lecture capture, and video streaming
  • Instructional television courses
  • Video production - point to point and cloud base
  • Audio and video recording of special events and marketing videos
  • Live and on-demand webinars

Digital Sign Management
Manages the digital information screen displays that are located at the UHD and UHD-NW campus; provide training, message development and design layout and message design consultation to university faculty, staff and administration.

International and Study Abroad Programs

S-204LL, 713-221-8250

The University of Houston-Downtown offers several international education opportunities. In addition to the UHD Faculty-Led Trips which last from one to four weeks, we have partnered with study abroad providers and foreign universities to offer study abroad experiences that last from one to several months. Faculty-Led Trips and study abroad programs give countless opportunities to explore intercultural issues outside the classroom and around the world. Programs vary in length, location, and cost. Credit is offered for most programs, so if you participate, you are not required to delay graduation.

UHD students planning to study abroad with a UHD sponsored or approved program may be eligible to apply for financial support from the International Education Student Fee Fund. A limited number of UHD Travel Awards may be available to help supplement the cost of a study abroad program. For more information on study abroad programs and scholarships, please visit the Office of International and Study Programs, Suite 370 -S or the UHD International Education webpage: http://www.uhd.edu/academics/international.

Student Affairs

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Student Affairs Unit offers a wide variety of services, programs and activities designed to augment the academic experience of students. The unit includes the Offices of Admissions, Graduate and International Admissions, Registrar, Career Development Center, Disability Services, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Student Activities, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Sports & Fitness, Veteran’s Services, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Abroad, Testing Services, and the Office of Student Affairs.

Office of Student Affairs

S380, 713-221-8100

The Office of Student Affairs serves as a resource to students by distributing information, assisting with problem resolution and interpreting university policies, rules and procedures. This office which includes the Dean of Students is also responsible for carrying out the university’s student discipline and Title IX policies and procedures. Among the information Student Affairs provides to students and the university community are the UHD Student Handbook and the UHD Catalog.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

S350, 713-221-8522 • www.uhd.edu/admissions/

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides information regarding the university to all prospective students and facilitates the admission process. The office is committed to providing quality service and assistance to students in all phases of the undergraduate admissions process and to ensuring that their admission experience is a positive one.

Freshman and Transfer Admission

S350, 713-221-8522

The Office of Admissions serves as the entry point for all incoming freshman and transfer students. The office provides walk-in assistance and ready access information that will help students understand the admission process to complete their academic college career.

Office of Graduate and International Admissions

International Admission
S350, 713-221-8048

Within the Office of Admissions, the Office of International Admissions supports the academic and cultural experience of international students at the University of Houston-Downtown. The office processes admission applications, provides immigration counseling, and offers personal assistance whenever possible.

Graduate Admission
S350, 713-221-8093

The Office of Graduate Admissions accepts applications for all UHD graduate programs and provides program-specific requirements, entry dates and application deadlines.


N330, 713-221-8999

The Registrar’s Office maintains all student academic records including course registration and grade history. The responsibility of this office is to provide valuable and reliable service and student records data to all UHD students, faculty, and staff as well as to state and federal agencies. The Registrar’s Office issues official transcripts, diplomas, enrollment/degree verifications, certifies loan deferments via the National Student Clearinghouse, graduation certification, and manages all registration and student record related processes. The Registrar’s office also provides guidance to students and troubleshooting support with the course registration process in Student e-Services.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

S330, 713-221-8041

The UHD Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid offers a variety of financial aid programs to assist undergraduate and graduate students in meeting educational costs. The programs include scholarships, grants, loans and work-study, which may be awarded in various combinations and amounts to meet individual student needs. Because funds are limited in many programs, it is important to begin the application process early and complete the necessary applications properly and on time. The priority deadline for fall is April 1 of each year.

Most federal and state aid is awarded on the basis of proven financial need rather than academic achievement. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, talents, and special skills rather than proven financial need.

Career Development Center

S402, 713-221-8980

Career Development offers three general services for students and alumni:

  • Career Assessment: Assessing strengths and interests; identifying career options and majors that align with assessment results - please call for an appointment.
  • Job Search Coaching: Starting a job search, networking, using social media, resume and cover letter review, practice interviews, preparing graduate school applications - please call for an appointment or consult www.uhd.edu/jobs4gators for a workshop schedule.
  • Contact with employers: A job posting database called www.uhd.edu/jobs4gators, career fairs, and field experience.

Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Mission of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to empower students, faculty, and staff to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus environment for all members of the UHD community. The Center develops programming and trainings, facilitates mentoring opportunities, and engages in outreach and advocacy efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Services, programs, and resources provided by the Center include:

  • resources and expertise for students and faculty interested in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in their academic work;
  • advising, mentoring, and advocacy for diversity-oriented student organizations, as well as for individual students;
  • a lounge area for meetings or relaxation with equipment for viewing DVDs and streaming content, as well as a library/conference room, and a private DVD screening room, and;
  • workshops and programming in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Workshops and programming include:

  • Diversity Talks: informal discussions on specific diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics led by the Director;
  • NCBI Workshops: NCBI-copyrighted diversity and inclusion workshops led by members of the UHD National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Team;
  • Safe Zone trainings: training for faculty, staff, and students who wish to become members of UHD’s Safe Zone, a campus-wide team of LGBTQ Allies who are prepared to provide a safe space and/or a safe, confidential listening ear for LGBTQ members of the UHD campus community;
  • Gators Don’t Say: an anti-prejudice campaign featuring students taking a stand against oppressive language;
  • Affinity-Group Observances and Celebrations: programming in observance of affinity group days, weeks, and months, such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and National Coming-Out Day, just to name a few;
  • Police-Citizen Interaction events: informal meetings bringing UHD students together with local law enforcement officers to discuss rights, lawful and effective assertion of rights, and ways to improve police-community relations; and,
  • Gator BUHDs: mentoring program connecting UHD students with Burbank Middle School students.

Office of Disability Services

S409, 713-226-5227

The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of support services in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans Disabilities Act of 1990. The Office of Disability Services’ strives to empower students; foster independence; promote achievement of career and educational goals; and assist students to discover, develop, and demonstrate full potential and abilities.

Students who receive services from the Office of Disability Services will receive the following:

  • equal access to and have a working knowledge of appropriate accommodations and support services,
  • referrals for and be informed of available campus resources,
  • equal access to university facilities and programs by the removal of barriers and installation of adaptive equipment throughout campus,
  • advocacy services by the director and staff as necessary and as appropriate,
  • knowledge and use of assistive technology to increase academic independence,
  • tailored services to assist with remaining eligible for future semesters at the University of Houston Downtown.

Student Health Services

S445, 713-221-8137

Student Health Services focuses on health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Nurse Practitioners (NP) provide the same primary care found in most physicians’ offices (including women’s health) and offer referrals to specialists in the community when necessary. Appointments are recommended, but not required, for these services. Routine laboratory services, pregnancy testing, and confidential HIV testing and counseling are also provided. Nurses provide counseling on a wide variety of health issues and offer special screenings and services throughout the year. In addition, educational brochures on a variety of health-related subjects are available as are applications for student health insurance.

Student Counseling Services

S445, 713-500-3852 toll-free (1-800-346-3549)

The Student Counseling Program is designed to help you maximize your health and effectiveness at home, school or work. Through this program, you receive confidential, personal support for a wide range of issues, from everyday concerns to serious problems.

Whether you want advice about a legal or financial concern, need to talk to someone about drug use, or are simply feeling overwhelmed by school life, we can help. You have access to both online and in-person support for a wide range of issues.

All records, including medical information, referrals and evaluations, are kept confidential in accordance with federal and state laws.

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

If assistance is needed when the office is closed call: 713-500-3852 or toll free at 1-800-346-3549, email at studentcounseling@uhd.edu, or log on to new.mylifevalues.com.
access username: uhds / password: uhds

Student Activities

S204, 713-221-8573

The Office of Student Activities is dedicated to supporting the educational mission of the University of Houston-Downtown by enriching students’ college experience outside the classroom. Through a collaborative, holistic approach it is our mission to enhance student learning and personal development through our social, cultural, community engagement and leadership programs. The Office of Student Activities is committed to providing programs and events that complement our students’ in-the-classroom experience to help them to develop their life and leadership skills.

Locker Rental
S204, 713-221-8573

UHD offers a 12 x35 x18 combination locker on either the 2nd and 4th floor of the One Main Building. Lockers are rented at a cost of $15 for the entire semester and can be renewed at the end of the semester.

Student Government Association
N210, 713-221-8551

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative body for all UHD students. SGA is responsible for nominating students to serve on university committees, proposing legislation to improve the student experience, and is involved in policy development activities through its participation in the shared governance process.

Student Organizations
S204, 713-221-8573

Student Activities supports over 50 student organizations at UHD. Types of organizations include Academic, Special Interest, Greek Letter Organizations, Service, Honors Societies, Cultural, and Professional. Students are also able to start a new organization if one does not exist at UHD.

Community Involvement
S204, 713-221-8573

Student Activities promotes public service and organizes support for volunteer opportunities in the community. Student Activities also serves as a clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities for UHD student organizations, individual students, faculty and staff.

New Student Orientation
S204, 713-221-8022

New Student Orientation introduces new students to UHD community. It is designed to meet the needs of all students entering the university for the first time, and to help make new students’ transition to the university a smooth and enjoyable one. New Student Orientation programs are offered for the summer, fall and spring semesters. Orientation also offers currently enrolled students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and make new friends by becoming leaders in the program.

Student Publications

Dateline S260, 713-221-8569

Bayou Review S250, 713-221-2716

Dateline: Downtown is a student-run newspaper. With guidance from a faculty advisor and the Student Publications Advisory Committee appointed by the president, students are provided with experience in journalism. Internships with the newspaper are available each semester.

The Bayou Review is a student-run, undergraduate literary journal, with biannual publication of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews, and visual art. With guidance from a faculty advisor and the Student Publications Advisory Committee appointed by the president, the journal’s editorial staff seek to promote the arts and humanities at UHD and to provide a forum for students who have an interest in creative writing. Internships with the journal are available each semester.

Sports and Fitness

Student Life Center, 713-221-8225

Sports and Fitness provides members with programs and facilities that offer vigorous, educational, health-promoting, physical activity conducive to wellness and personal development. Through a well-equipped recreational facility, fitness programs, intramural sports and club sports activities, members will be motivated to embrace a healthy life-style, which may ultimately enhance their quality of life.

The programs and services of Sports and Fitness are open to all UHD students, faculty and staff at no additional fees. UHD graduates may purchase a Sports and Fitness membership for a fee.

Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center
The three-level, 30,000-square-foot Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center includes two gymnasiums equipped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; a multipurpose studio designed for aerobics, martial arts, and dance classes; and a fitness center with state-of-the-art weight equipment and cardiovascular units. Lockers and showers are available.

Fitness Programs
Fitness programs are offered at various times throughout the week from certified instructors. Programs include: Aerobics, Zumba, Boot Camp, Karate, Pilates, Yoga, Hip Hop, and Latin Dance. Personal trainers and massage therapists are available to members for a nominal fee. The initial fitness assessment is free of charge. Healthy workshops are offered monthly as well as various certifications.

Intramural Sports
Intramural sports programs are designed to provide opportunities for UHD members to participate in organized sports activities. Individual and team sports are offered in over 12 different sports. Leagues are created for competitive and just-for-fun participants alike, and there are several activities where men and women team-up for co-recreational sports.

Club Sports
Club sports provide members with opportunities to share common interests and pursue active involvement and skill improvement in a sport or activity. They also provide students with opportunities for leadership, development and community engagement. Clubs are encouraged to represent the university at local, regional and national competitions. There are currently club teams in baseball, basketball, cheer, cycling, dance, powerlifting, soccer, volleyball and wrestling.

Awards Banquet
The Sports and Fitness Awards Banquet is one of the university’s oldest and best traditions. The annual event is held in May at which participants are recognized for outstanding involvement and contributions to the program. Outstanding participants from intramural sports, club sports and the various fitness programs are recognized before students, faculty, staff, family, and friends. The ceremony includes a dinner and an entertaining awards presentation.

Physical Education: PHED 2101 Health and Fitness for Life
The Department of Urban Education offers a physical education course, PHED 2101 - Health and Fitness for Life with an Emphasis in Yoga or Pilates or Aerobics or Weight Training or Basketball or Volleyball , which requires students to participate in fitness class offerings in Sports and Fitness as part of the physical component of the class. The course focuses on health related behaviors and strategies for enhancing wellness throughout the life span. There is no prerequisite for the class which is considered a one credit elective applicable to most degree plans. The course is recommended for those students who plan to take state-mandated teacher certification examinations. It is also recommended for students who wish to examine and experience the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Testing Services

GSB311, 713-221-8027

To support new and current students, Testing Services personnel administer UHD, state and national tests. Several national tests and certification exams are provided by testing personnel, including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Law School of Admission Test (LSAT), SAT I and II and ACT are also administered here at UHD. Registration deadlines are about one month prior to test dates. Individuals who wish to take LSAT, ACT or SAT should register directly with respective testing agency. In addition, Texas Higher Education Assessment Quick Test (TQT) is another exam that Testing offers to UHD and non-UHD students.

The ACCUPLACER exam, the approved Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment required for certain new college freshmen, is offered by Testing Services to UHD students only.

Veterans Services

G318, 713-221-8622

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Veterans Services Office is dedicated to helping the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces achieve the American dream of becoming highly successful. UHD recognizes the unique needs of service members, returning veterans, and their families and will work closely with them to make sure that they are aware of all the benefits and services that are available to them. Experienced staff are available to answer questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, monitoring students’ degree plans and academic progress, as well as giving referrals. The Veterans Services Office cannot determine eligibility for benefits. You have courageously served our country, now let us serve you!

Hazlewood Act for Veterans

State law provides that a veteran who is a legal Texas resident is exempted from tuition and certain required fees, but not from deposits. The veteran must meet the following criteria:

  • reside in Texas for a period of not less than 12 months prior to the date of registration;
  • served in the armed forces or in certain auxiliary services for more than 180 days;
  • was a bona fide legal Texas resident at the time of entering such service;
  • was honorably discharged (except those who were discharged because of being over the age of 38 or because of personal request);
  • exhausted all veteran’s educational benefits;
  • is not eligible for federal grants, including federally sponsored grants provided for veterans by the US government; and
  • is not in default on any federal or state student loans.

To obtain this exemption, the veteran must submit an application with attached evidence to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid by the Official Day of Record of the term for which the veteran is applying for the Hazlewood benefits. Hazlewood applications must be renewed each year.

If you qualify or have questions about the Hazelwood Act, please contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Credit for Military Service

It is the policy of the University of Houston Downtown to award transfer credit for military courses and/or military service based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE)’s Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services. Credit for military courses and/or credit is available to all admitted undergraduates. Either elective or direct course credit will be awarded based on ACE recommendations.

Credit for Military Service (HB 269)

House Bill (HB) 269 makes military veterans who enroll in Texas universities and who meet certain requirements eligible to receive undergraduate college credit for the time they spent in the service. Eligible veterans receive college credit for all the required physical education courses needed for their degree and up to an additional 12 semester hours of elective coursework.

To be eligible to receive credit under HB 269, veterans must have:

  • Graduated from a public or private high school accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the United States Department of Defensez
  • Completed at least two years of service in the armed forces (or discharged because of a disability)
  • Been honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces
  • Credit awarded under HB 269 is awarded for having served, not for college-level courses that might have been taken while in the military.

Acceptable forms of documentation include:

  • AARTS Transcript (Army ACE Registry Transcript)
  • CCAF Transcript (Community College of the Air Force Transcript)
  • SMART Transcript (Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript)

Off Campus and Distance Education

Louis Evans, Executive Director of Off Campus and Online Coordination
Downtown Office
S 950, 713-221-2766
Northwest Campus Office
Building 12, 20515 SH 249, Houston, TX 77070, 713-221-2766

For students who live or work in the suburban Houston areas, UHD offers programs at Lone Star College- CyFair, Lone Star College-Kingwood and UHD Northwest located at Lone Star College- University Park. Courses taken off-campus or online may apply to any UHD degree program in which they are ordinarily accepted. Students enjoy the ability to tailor their schedule to meet individual needs by taking courses at multiple locations or using multiple formats. All of the UHD programs are accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS) and in addition the College of Business programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB-International and Social Work is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education, CSWE. The teacher preparation programs offered by the UHD Urban Education Department is a multiple award winning program including the prestigious Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Star Award in 2010.

UHD Northwest at Lone Star College - University Park

UHD Northwest
Building 12, 20515 SH 249, Houston, TX 77070
email: distanceed@uhd.edu

Louis Evans, Executive Director, Off Camps and Online Coordination
Email: evansl@uhd.edu

Maria Estrada, UHD Advisor/Coordinator
Email: estradam@uhd.edu

Dale Higginbotham, UHD Advisor/Coordinator
Email: higginbothamd@uhd.edu

Kimberly Constantine, UHD Advisor/Coordinator
Email: constantinek@uhd.edu

Marcelo Saldivia, Manager, IT Services
Email: saldiviai@uhd.edu

Carol Brace, Business Development Specialist
College of Business
Email: bracec@uhd.edu

Janette Martin
College of Business
Email: martinja@uhd.edu

Tom Winn, Director
Master of Security Management for Executives
College of Business
Email: winnt@uhd.edu

For students who live or work in the Northwest Houston Metropolitan area, UHD Northwest offers programs at Lone Star College-University Park, located at HWY 249 and Louetta. The location serves western Montgomery County, Waller County, NW Harris County and the City of Houston in the Willowbrook area.

Students complete lower-level course work at one of the five colleges of the Lone Star College System. UHD offers the junior- and senior-level courses leading to the degree. Instruction is delivered live on-site and course instruction is delivered either on the weekend, in the evening or during the day.

College of Business Programs
B.B.A. Accounting*
B.B.A. Enterprise Information Systems*
B.B.A. Finance*
B.B.A. General Business*
B.B.A. Insurance and Risk Management*
B.B.A. Management*
B.B.A. Marketing*

Graduate Degree
M.S.M.E. Security Management for Executives

Graduate Certificates
Human Resource Management*
Supply Chain Management*

*Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University College Programs
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
B.A.A.S. Applied Administration

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
B.S. Professional Writing

Graduate Degree
M.A Non-Profit Management

College of Public Service Programs
B.S. Criminal Justice
B.A.A.S. Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with ESL Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with Bilingual Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies 4-8 Generalist with ESL Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)
B.S.W. Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degrees
M.A. Teaching
M.S. Criminal Justice

College of Science and Technology Programs
B.A. Mathematics
B.A. Mathematics with Secondary-level Teacher Certification
B.S. Biological and Physical Sciences
B.S. Biological and Physical Sciences with Secondary-level Teacher Certification

UHD at Lone Star College - CyFair

LSC-CyFair, -CASA 109 K
9191 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, Texas 77433

Kimberly Constantine, UHD Advisor/Coordinator
Email: ConstantineK@uhd.edu

The rapid expansion of the Northwest area of Harris County has created new opportunities for meeting UHD students’ educational needs The University of Houston-Downtown’s teacher education program at LSC-Cy-Fair College offers certification in elementary and bilingual education while earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who wish to obtain EC-6 with ESL Supplemental certification or EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental certification will need to take courses in a variety of academic areas.

Students complete lower-level course work at one of the five colleges of the Lone Star College System. UHD offers the junior- and senior-level courses leading to the degree. Instruction is delivered live on-site and course instruction is delivered either on the weekend or in the evening.

College of Public Service
B.A. In Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with ESL Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)
B.A. In Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with Bilingual Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)

UHD at Lone Star College - Kingwood

LSC - Kingwood College - SCC 113
20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, Texas 77339

Mandy Danley, UHD Advisor/Coordinator
email: danleym@uhd.edu

The rapid expansion of the Northeast area of Harris County has created new opportunities for meeting UHD students’ educational needs

The University of Houston-Downtown’s teacher education program at LSC-Kingwood College offers certification in elementary education while earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students who wish to obtain EC-6 with ESL Supplemental certification or EC-6 with Bilingual Supplemental certification will need to take courses in a variety of academic areas. Courses are offered in the evening, online and on the weekend.

The University of Houston Downtown’s College of Business is offering the BBA in General Business at this location. Students complete lower-level course work at one of the six colleges or one of the Centers of the Lone Star College System. UHD offers the junior- and senior-level courses leading to the degree. Instruction is delivered live on-site and course instruction is delivered in the evening.

College of Business programs
B.B.A. General Business*

*Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

College of Public Service programs
B.A. In Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with ESL Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)
B.A. In Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 Generalist with Bilingual Supplemental Certification (teacher certification)

Online Programs at UHD

e-mail: distanceed@uhd.edu

Online Advisor - 713-237-5454
Toll Free - 855-864-3932

The rapid expansion of access to the Internet has created new opportunities for meeting UHD students’ educational needs. UHD offers a growing selection of upper division courses delivered over the web in support of degree programs. The courses are organized to provide students with a variety of activities designed to enhance the educational experience while providing the student with flexibility in taking the course. Students generally work within defined time frames for completion of course modules, and they often have the opportunity to interact directly in real-time with fellow students and their professor through chats and bulletin board discussions.

To meet students’ needs to access education anytime, anywhere, the University of Houston Downtown offers degree completion programs online. Students complete the required lower division course work, and UHD provides the upper division course work online for the degree. Classes offered are identical to those earned on campus and may be transferred to any other accredited institution. Students in the programs are not limited to online courses but can also take courses on campus or at UHD’s off-campus locations at their convenience. UHD has established the Office of Online Degree Programs to provide support to students completing degrees online. This office will provide assistance with services such as admissions, academic advising, registration, and financial aid.

College of Business Programs
B.B.A General Business*
B.B.A Enterprise Information Systems*
B.B.A Finance
B.B.A. Insurance and Risk Management*
B.B.A International Business*
B.B.A Management*
B.B.A Marketing*
B.B.A Supply Chain Management*

*Accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Programs
B.A. Humanities
B.S. Professional Writing
B.S. Psychology
M.A. Non-Profit Management

College of Public Service Programs
B.S. Criminal Justice
B.A.A.S. Criminal Justice
M.A. Teaching
M.S. Criminal Justice

University College
B.A.A.S. Applied Administration
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Continuing education and training are provided through three units: the Applied Business and Technology Center, the English Language Institute, and the Criminal Justice Training Division (see description in the Criminal Justice and Social Work  Department’s section of this Catalog).

Applied Business and Technology Center

N716, 713-221-8032

The Applied Business and Technology Center (ABTC) is dedicated to responding to the needs of business and industry. With continuing changes in technology, jobs can become obsolete almost overnight. The many changes that are emerging in the workplace make lifelong education a necessity, not a luxury.

Hands-on training courses range from entry to advanced levels. The ABTC is an Authorized Premier Autodesk training center offering classes related to AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, Inventor, third-party applications, and 3D Studio Max. In addition, hands-on training is provided on MicroStation, several programming languages, and various business applications. Also several online courses related to engineering, technology, and business applications are offered.

The center has an extensive consulting service that customizes courses to meet special industry requirements. Area corporations and agencies often contract with the center to provide their training needs in business and technology. In addition, national and foreign corporations often contract with the center to deliver services throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition, the center provides prep classes for the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT exams. The center also offers innovative classes, from computer programming to creative writing, for grade-school students during the summer.

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute at the University of Houston-Downtown provides quality English language instruction to international and resident non-native students and develops the cultural understanding necessary for academic and career success. Through engaging and authentic materials, the ELI leads students to achieve their individual academic and professional goals. 


  • We strive to help learners build a foundation, gain control, advance their English knowledge and apply what they’ve learned in sophisticated ways. We do this by remaining: 


  • Recruit qualified English instructors who have the appropriate credentials and experience teaching ESL
  • Design curriculum specifically to advance student skills
  • Implement valuable professional development training
  • Strive to meet industry best practices by monitoring the scope, content and quality of services in accordance with CEA and SACS standards
  • Cultivate new programs or courses that address the needs of all international students


  • Encourage students to participate in intercultural exploration and communication activities 
  • Collaborate with UHD partners to support internationalization
  • Preserve cultural respect within the global community by modeling acceptance
  • Ease the transition from an educational setting to life through bridge activities 


  • Encourage students to become comfortable and confident in their English communication skills
  • Create a supportive environment for students, instructors, and office staff
  • Enable students to gain an understanding of U.S. higher education culture and immigration regulations through access to individual consultation and activities


  • Offer the necessary resources to allow students to personalize the information they acquire

Other Services

Student Parking

N354, 713-221-8127 • http://www.uhd.edu/about/parking/

Student parking is available at UHD in -three different locations: the Vine Street Garage (Naylor Street and Vine Street), the Daly Street Lot (North Main Street at Daly Street), and the Washington Street Lot (Washington Street at Louisiana Street). The campus shuttle service provides students with safe and convenient transportation from Daly Street Lot to the Commerce Street Building and the One Main/Academic Buildings. The shuttle can be tracked on your smartphone by downloading a free app ETA SPOT from the Apple Store or Google Play. To park on campus, vehicles must display a valid UHD parking permit. Purchasing a permit does not guarantee a parking place but allows you to park if space is available. The university reserves the right to control the availability of student parking areas to meet the demand for parking for special events. The parking fee is subject to change by the Board of Regents.

Dining Facilities

A308A, 713-221-8462 · http://uhd.campusdish.com/

Located on the third floor of the Academic Building, you will find the University Food Court to meet any of your breakfast, lunch or snack needs while on campus. During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Food Court offers a wide variety of lunch options including Starbucks, Smoothie King, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Grille Works, Bene Pizzeria, and a Salad Garden. Needing a quick snack? “Grab’N’Go” convenience items and a F’real milkshake machine are available as well. Stop by the Grille Works in the morning for breakfast tacos, pancakes, hash-browns, grits, breakfast sandwiches and more! In addition Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks and Subway are here to conquer those afternoon cravings.

Located on the first floor of the College of Business Shea Street Building, you will find the Shea Street Café. The café offers an assortment of “Grab-N’Go” items, snacks, and cold beverages for between-class snacks or on-the-go meals.

The fifth floor of the UHD Library features the 40,000 Windows Café, a coffee shop that offers handcrafted espresso drinks, brewed coffee and tea, and smoothies, as well as pastries and grab-and-go items to keep you fueled while you study.


N351, 713-221-8147, uh-downtown.bncollege.com

The upper level (third floor) of the university bookstore is located near the Main Street entrance of the One Main Building. It offers school supplies, clothing, insignia items, and snacks. The lower level (second floor) is your one stop shop for all of your new, used, rental and digital textbook needs. The bookstore is also available, online, 24 hours a day at uh-downtown.bncollege.com.

O’Kane Gallery

GSB322, (Girard Street Building), 713-221-8042

O’Kane Gallery opened its new facility in the spring of 2016 adjacent to the UHD Welcome Center. Directly above visitor parking off Girard Street, the gallery offers over 1700 square feet of exhibition space. Intent on providing diverse programming that includes contemporary and historical work by regional, national, and international artists, the gallery serves UHD’s over 14,000 students, the university’s faculty and staff, and welcomes the public to view exhibitions and visit the UHD campus. Exhibitions are always free. In addition to professional exhibitions, the UHD Student Exhibition and the Houston high school High Art exhibition are annual events. The Harry W. O’Kane Gallery, established in 1970, was made possible by gifts from Harry W. O’Kane, Mary W. Bingman, and the Humphreys Foundation. For hours and information call 713-221-8042 or visit www.okanegallery.uhd.edu.

O’Kane Theatre

N364, 713-221-8104

The Harry W. O’Kane Theatre, established in 1970, was made possible by gifts from Harry W. O’Kane, Mary W. Bingham, and the Humphreys Foundation. The UHD theatre program presents two major theatrical productions each year, as well as numerous student-directed One Acts, Student Initiated Projects (SIP’s) and Lunch Time Theatre productions. In addition to the theatre space and a scene shop, there are adjacent work areas, storage rooms, an entrance lobby and a Green Room where students gather to study, rest, relax and socialize. Participation in all productions and activities, both onstage and backstage, is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.