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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources and Services

Academic Resources


500 Main, Info. 713-221-8187•

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 fifth floor offers comfortable seating and study carrels. It houses the library’s physical collection, the University Archives and Special Collections, and the 40,000 Windows Café. The library has holdings and access to  more than 700,00 electronic and print books, subscriptions to more than 200 unique databases and access to more than 131,000 digital journals.  The library also has a collection of over 4,600 physical multimedia items that are available for checkout or for listening and/or viewing in the library and access to more than 83,000 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 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 W.I. Dykes Library blog (, Confluence (, Facebook (, and Twitter (

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  and newspaper articles in electronic form can be found by using the library’s  databases, which include ABI/Inform Collection, Academic Search Complete, ACM Digital Library, Black Studies Center, Business Source Complete,  JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Databases , PsycINFO,  New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and WestlawNext 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, saved 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): offers support for students to improve their writing, reading, math, and statistics skills. The ASC offers a range of services in a variety of modes designed to accommodate students’ unique needs. These include face-to-face and online support services for individuals and groups, consultation with peer and professional tutors, and access to a variety of learning tools such as calculators, textbooks, and study guides.

Math and Statistics Center (MSC): The MSC is a free walk-in tutoring service for mathematics and statistics available to all UHD students. The MCS seeks to maintain a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and reduce student anxiety about learning mathematics and statistics. The MSC is staffed with experienced and qualified faculty and peer tutors. Computers are also available in the MSC for students to work on their online homework. Students interested in making an appointment for an extended consultation may do so by registering for an account at 

Tutoring is available in the MSC 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 - Contemporary Mathematics , MATH 1404 - Precalculus Mathematics , and MATH 1505 - Precalculus with Trigonometry .

Another popular service is tutoring 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 .  Pre-service elementary teachers can get help with  MATH 3321 - Math Concepts I / MATH 3322 - Math Concepts II .  The MSC also provides tutoring for  MATH 2401 - Calculus I , MATH 2402 - Calculus II  , and MATH 2411 - Calculus I for the Natural Sciences . The MSC offers additional services, such as sponsoring STAT 3309 - Statistical Analysis for Business Applications I    study groups, providing space for student-led study groups, and conducting final exam reviews for targeted courses in collaboration with Supplemental Instruction. 

Writing & 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. Though ongoing professional development in writing center research, theory, and tutoring practice, the WRC provides writing tutors with a rich teaching and learning experience. The WRC offers one-on-one writing assistance face-to-face, online in real time, or via screencast. Throughout the year, the WRC also sponsors writing-related events and workshops. Students can learn more about the WRC at Students interested in making an appointment may do so by registering for an account at

Other Resources

Academic Computing Services

S800, 713-221-8540 •

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 ( and wireless printing for students ( 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, Suite B12.353 at UHD Northwest, and Suite CLA 104 at UHD Kingwood​. 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 64-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 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

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 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 Marilyn Davies 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 Imagine. 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 ( In addition, discounted software and hardware is offered to UHD students via special links accessible from

IT Surplus Sale

UHD IT offers low-cost good-quality used computers to students. The proceeds from the computer sale go towards the general scholarship fund for UHD students. For more information, visit

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 ( 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 •

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, how-to videos and documents, 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 and a calendar of training events is published on the events calendar here: 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
  • REEF

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

A complete listing can be found here:

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, the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium and the Girard Street Visitors Center Milam and Travis rooms
  • 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 recording, production, and streaming services
  • Instructional television courses
  • Lecture Capture and Training

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.

Office of Study Abroad 

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:

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

GSB 308, 713-221-8522 •

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

GSB 308, 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
GSB 308, 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
GSB 308, 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 for a workshop schedule.
  • Contact with employers: A job posting database called, 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,
  • Diversity Advocates Team: a team of diversity-supportive students who assist with Center initiatives on campus and serve as peer-advocates and listeners ready and willing to provide support and assistance to any student members of the UHD campus community who are experiencing marginalization, discrimination, harassment, or who in any way feel less-than-welcome on campus.

Minority Male Recruitment

GSB308T, 713-226-5553

Unit Mission Plan: The Minority Male Recruitment Department partners with middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and community agencies to create pathways into UHD for an increased number of men from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds. The department also collaborates with UHD’s student support system to develop initiatives that increase the retention and graduation of these groups. This office also houses the Men of L.E.G.A.CI. (Leadership. Excellence. Grades. Access. Collaboration. Identity.) Student Success Program which offers the following support mechanisms for men of color:

  • Classroom Cohort Engagement Model
  • Academic Advising, Retention and Graduation Support
  • Mentoring and Career Readiness
  • Scholarship and Community Partnerships
  • Institutional Research and Leadership Development

Office of Disability Services

GSB314, 713-221-5078

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 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 - Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm.   Friday 7:30 am-5:00 pm.

If you are an online only student or a UHD student at one of the outlying campuses, please call 713-500-3852.

If assistance is needed when the office is closed call:  713-500-3852 or toll free at 1-800-346-3549, email at

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 the 2nd 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 90 student organizations at UHD. Types of organizations include: Academic, Special Interest, Greek Letter Organizations, Service, Honors Societies, Cultural/Ethnic, Performing Arts, Political, Recreational, Religious/Faith-Based 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.

Leadership Development
S204, 713-221-8573

Leadership development is an important component of Student Life at the University of Houston-Downtown. The Office of Student Activities is very involved with creating programs that will enhance the co-curricular aspects of the student experience. Current leadership programs include the Gator Leadership Academy and Student Organization Leadership Development Conference.

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

UHD Sports & Fitness serves as a vital and integral part of student life on campus. Sports & Fitness strives to meet the dynamic needs and interests of students by providing programs and services that promote positive physical and mental health; encourages lifetime interest in active, healthy lifestyles; and provide student leadership opportunities that complement the academic experience. Sports & Fitness supports the mission of UHD by creating a climate that motivates members to embrace a healthy life-style which can enhance their academic studies, build friendships and social skills, develop leadership qualities and cultivate a sense of inclusion and belonging to the university. UHD students are second to none and deserve a first rate program. 


The programs and services of Sports and Fitness are open to all current UHD students, faculty and staff at no additional charge.  Memberships may be purchased by UHD Alumni, and friends or family of current UHD students, faculty and staff.

Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center

The three-level, 30,000-square-foot Jesse H. Jones Student Life Center includes two ball courts 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 such cardiovascular units as treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes. Lockers and show­ers are available for use. 

Fitness Programs

Fitness programs are offered at various times throughout the week to Sports and Fitness Members.  Fitness programs include categories such as aerobics, dance fitness, and strength classes which are free to our members.  Taught by nationally certified or licensed instructors, these classes are effective for weight loss, toning and cardiovascular benefits.  Participation is free and members can join at any time during the semester.  Specialty classes vary from semester to semester including formats such as Dance Video Choreography, Latin Dance and Yoga.  These classes have a nominal fee of $10 for ten classes and are progressive and build upon each other.  

  • Personal Training - Working one-on-one with a fitness professional to incorporate regular exercise into your lifestyle gives you guidance on proper technique and safety as well as accountability to another person.  Sports and Fitness certified personal trainers are here to help make our members personal fitness goals a reality.  $15 for UHD students, $20 non-UHD student members.
  • Massages - Massage therapy assists individuals in lowering blood pressure, increases blood circulation, relaxes muscles, and improves range of motion.  Sports and Fitness offers 45 minute Swedish or Deep Tissue Massages offered by a licenses massage therapist.  $25 UHD student, $35 non-UHD student members.
  • Nutrition Counseling - Nutrition Counselors work with UHD students, faculty and staff members during a one-on-one counseling session where they a give personalized nutrition counseling on how to maintain, lose or gain weight while eating the right kinds of foods to be healthy. $10 UHD members.
  • Health & Fitness Workshops/Certifications - Offered throughout the semester, nutrition and exercise experts are invited ot present on various topics related to health & fitness.  UHD members are invited free of charge to learn such helpful tips as reading food labels, exercising at your desk and more.  Monthly American Red Cross CPR/AED and First and training is also available to the university community at only $25 per certification.  These classes fill up fast and interested parties are encouraged to register early to reserve a spot.  Other certifications such as personal training and group fitness training are available at UHD at discounted rates for those individuals interested in becoming an instructor or trainer.  Those who successfully complete this training are invited to apply for a position with Sports & Fitness.

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 11 different sports. Leagues are created for competitive and recreational par­ticipants alike, and there are several activities where men and women combine for co-recreational sports.

Fall Intramural Sports  Spring Intramural Sports
Volleyball League (Co-Rec) Basketball League (M&W)
Flag Football League (M&W) Three Point Contest (M&W)
Dodgeball League (Co-Rec) Free Throw Contest (M&W)
Badminton Tournament (M&W) Soccer League (M&W)
Bowling Tournament (M&W) Tennis Tournament (M&W)
  Softball Tournament (Co-Rec)

Club Sports

Club sports are an organized group of students established to promote the interest and skills of its members in a particular sport.  Competitive sport clubs allow members to experience intercollegiate competition beyond intramural sports.  Sport clubs may represent the university in local, regional and national competitions.  Team members are expected to possess more advanced playing skills, make commitment to practices, possess a positive attitude and be supportive of teammates.  Try-outs are held at which team coaches select the roster.

  • Baseball Club
  • Basketball Club (Men’s)
  • Basketball Club (Women’s)
  • Cheer Club
  • Cycling Club
  • Dance Club
  • Powerlifting Club
  • Runner’s Club
  • Soccer Club (Men’s)
  • Soccer Club (Women’s)
  • Vollyball Club (Women’s)
  • Wrestling Club

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), and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).  The SAT and ACT tests are also offered here at UHD. Registration deadlines are about one month prior to test dates. Individuals who wish to take LSAT, MPRE, SAT, or ACT should register directly with the respective testing agency.

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

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 Marilyn Davies 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

Louis Evans, Executive Director, Off Camps and Online Coordination

Maria Estrada, Assistant Director, Off Campus Operations

Dale Higginbotham, UHD Advisor/Coordinator

Kimberly Constantine, UHD Advisor/Coordinator

Marcelo Saldivia, Manager, IT Services

Carol Brace, Business Development Specialist
Marilyn Davies College of Business

Tom Winn, Director
Master of Security Management for Executives
Marilyn Davies College of Business

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.

Marilyn Davies College of Business Programs
B.B.A. Accounting*
B.B.A. Management 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*
B.B.A. Supply Chain Management*

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.A. Communications Studies with Concentraion in Corporate Communications
B.S. Professional Writing
B.S. Psychology

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

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

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 Marilyn Davies 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.

Marilyn Davies 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

Online Advisor - 713-221-8006
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.

Marilyn Davies 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. In addition certification programs are also offered related to Paralegal and Project Management (Foundation courses to advanced levels).

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

N117, 713-221-8127 •

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). To park on campus, vehicles must display a valid UHD parking permit. Parking permits must be ordered online.  The permit is only transferrable between vehicles and NOT between individuals. 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.

Parking permits are renewed every semester.  Persons who have an outstanding balance with Parking and Transportation Services will not receive a permit until their account is satisfied.  If a permit or access card is lost or stolen, the loss should be reported to the Parking and Transportation Services office immediately.  A non-refundable fee of $10.00 will be assess for a replacement.

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.

For complete information regarding parking regulations, costs, and locations, please visit the Parking and Transportation Services Office, located in the One Main Building, Suite N117 or call 713-221-8127.

Dining Facilities

A308A, 713-221-8462,

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 Marilyn Davies 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,

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

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

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.